Mandarin language learning HK – Read the story to learn Chinese -Allaying Hunger with Pictures of Cakes

Mandarin Lesson

In the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), the king of the Wei, Cao Rui, wanted to select a very capable man to work for him. He said to his ministers: ‘When choosing a talented person, always beware of one with a false reputation. A false reputation is just like a picture of a cake; it can’ t relieve hunger.’

Later, this idiom came to be used to mean comforting oneself with unrealistic thoughts, without solving practical problems.

畫餅充飢  
三國時代魏國的皇帝曹叡,準備選拔一個有才能的人到朝廷來做官。曹叡對他的大臣說:“選擇人才,不能光找有虛名的人。虛名好像是在地上畫的一塊餅,只能看,不能解決肚子飢餓的問題啊!”   
後來人們就用“畫餅充飢”這個成語比喻用空想安慰自己,不能解決實際問題。