模稜兩可 /  模棱两可 Grasping Both Sides

Born during the Tang Dynasty, Su Wei-tao was able to write essays by the tender age of nine.  When he was just 20, he successfully passed the imperial examinations and took a personnel post in the civil service.  After assuming the throne, the empress Wu Tse-t’ien appointed him as her prime minister.  In order to

百步穿楊 / 百步穿杨 Superior Marksmanship

Once upon a time, two children walking through the forest chanced upon an archer who had just shot a bull’s-eye.  The children, very impressed with his feat, implored him to give them another show of his marksmanship.  The archer nodded his head, declaring that he would shoot an arrow through a willow leaf at a