Sitting by a Stump, Waiting for a Careless Hare 守株待兔 (shǒu zhū dài tù)
During the Warring States Period, there was a farmer of the State of Song.There was a tree in his farmland. One day, he saw a hare run into the tree and die soon after breaking its neck.However, no more have turned up as he had expected, and he became the laughing stock of others.
This story comes from”The Five Vermin” in The Works of Han Feizi. Later generations often use the set phrase”Sitting by a Stump, Waiting for a Careless Hare” to show trusting to chance and windfalls or dreaming to reap without sowing. It is also used to indicate inflexible work and no flexibility.