Re: mind children

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From: Matt Jensen (
Date: Fri Sep 22 2000 - 13:40:21 PDT

I can find "evidence" either way, depending on whether I throw "Chinese"
or "Talmud" into the search query.

While it should be pretty easy to have
someone locate the proverb precisely in the Talmud (if it's there), what's
the quick and easy way to verify that it's a Chinese proverb? And what
source could verify when it was known to them? ( that is, before,
simultaneous to, or after it got into the Talmud, is the most interesting

On Fri, 22 Sep 2000, Dave Long wrote:

> There's a proverb in circulation:
> "plant a tree, have a child, write a book"
> I'm not sure if code should count as
> the book or the tree, but it seems
> to suit the general intent.
> Does anyone here know the source of
> the proverb? I've seen it claimed as
> both Talmudic and ancient chinese; of
> course, it would be most interesting
> if it occurred in both places.
> -Dave
> * fork-adjective-noun-verb-verb-verb?

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