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01-03-2011, 10:49 AM
 
I heard an "old Chinese proverb" on the radio over the weekend that I really liked. I always wonder if all of these "old Chinese proverbs" are old or Chinese or proverbs, but I like this one, so I think it bares repeating.

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He who chops the firewood, is warmed twice.
I think that goes well with the old American proverb I use to hear growing up:

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Hard work is it's own reward.
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I always wonder if all of these "old Chinese proverbs" are old or Chinese or proverbs,
It's funny joe, I tend to wonder these things myself. However in your case, unless there's something we don't know about you, I'm pretty sure what you heard was English and not Chinese since you understood it ;-)

PS - I think it's a great proverb
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01-03-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Hey Joe,

Regardless of origin, that is one great proverb. It reminds me of one of my favorites. "Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken." Neither, "He who chops the firewood, is warmed twice." Nor, "Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken." is a verse found in the bible, but they should be.

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01-03-2011, 06:43 PM
 
"Chopping fire wood warms you twice." is an old American proverb, probably in both cultures and all places people had to chop firewood.

There is a Chinese and Sicilian curse "May you live in interesting times." It is cynical but realistic and tells you to be careful.

 
 
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That one about "may you live in interesting times" certainly rings true today because we are.
 
 
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Joe,

The firewood qoute comes from my uncle. At least he says it often enough! Funny - I never knew he was Chinese! LOL


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