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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:21 am 
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The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Speech in Indianapolis, April 12, 1959

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John F Kennedy's opportunity quote mentions "2 brush strokes", this is incorrect (as a fact).

According to Wikipedia (I couldn't put the link as this is a new account) the quote should have the words "2 characters" not "2 brush strokes".

"When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters.
One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity."

I am wondering if this is similar to the presidential "I am a doughnut", but the fact is that the word "crisis" would definitely require 2 characters, not a mere 2 brush strokes.


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