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BIOGRAPHY OF DONG YU (EXCERPT)

by Chen Shou (233 - 297, Western Jin Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

When a pupil approached me for instructions in learning, I refused to give so and said instead, “You should first read the teaching a hundred times.” I further added, “Having read the book a hundred times, the meaning shall come to you.”

“What if we do not have the luxury of time?” asked the pupil.

“Employ the three spare times,” I replied.

“What are these three times?”

“The spare times of winter, night times, and rainy days.”

── from Sanguo Zhi (Records of the Three Kingdoms)