The Prince and his Bow
Prince Xuan was a keen archer and liked to be told what a powerful bowman he was, although he draw no bow heavier than thirty catties. When he showed his bow to his attendants, they pretended to try to draw it, but merely bent it to half its full extent.
"This must weigh at least ninety catties!" they all cried. "None but Your Majesty could use such a bow."
And at this the prince was pleased.
Though he only used a thirty-catty bow, till the end of his life he believed that it weighed ninety catties. It was thirty in fact, and ninety merely in name; but for the sake of the empty name he sacrificed the truth.
Yin Wen Zi