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I think it is "工欲善其事 必先利其器" 工 = 工匠 (craftsman) 欲善其事 (want to do his job well) 必先 (must first) 利其器 (make his tools sharp, meaning in good condition) This saying is using "To do a good job, a craftsman must sharpen his tools" as an analogy for "To be successful, one must first prepare his tools (make preparation)"-- 'Sharpen tools' is a metaphor for '...

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