自相矛盾 (zì xiāng máo dùn)
proverb referring to contradictory statement
s or situation
During the Warring States period
in the state of Chu
, there was a man who had a spear
and a shield
. He was trying to sell them in the marketplace and was loudly boast
ing about the capabilities of each item.
"This long spear (矛; máo) is so sharp, it can pierce
"And this wooden shield (盾; dùn) lets nothing through; others name it the Indestructible Shield
Then a passerby
decided to test him.
"What if you use your spear against your shield?"