愚公移山 (Yúgōng yí shān) “Yúgōng Moves Mountains” is an ancient legend. Yúgōng (literally “foolish man”) was a very old man who didn’t like the two mountains next to his house.
He started digging the mountains away, throwing the dirt into the sea. One day, while the work was going on, a neighbor came and told him to stop wasting his energy – an old fool like him could barely cut down a tree, much less move a mountain!
But Yúgōng smiled and said he had only just begun. His children’s children's children would finish the job one day. The legend has now become an idiom used to encourage perseverance, somewhat similar to the English phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
Chairman Máo once famously used the story as a metaphor, saying that the Chinese people, over time, will be able to cast off the two mountains of imperialism and feudalism.
One step at a time. Duitang Online