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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:32 pm 
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I've been trying to track down this quote for the last hour or so and have essentially decided to give up but I figured I'd post here and see if someone could find something.

"In the course of a long life a wise man will be prepared to abandon his baggage several times." or something similar. I've seen "called upon" rather than "be prepared", etc. Since it has been attributed to being a Chinese adage, I would think this could be translation.

I'd be impressed and grateful if someone could find an original source for this.

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After first trying to post this response, the website told me that I was too new to this group to post the URLs that were in my initial post--therefore I've deleted them. Sigh.

According to the website immediately below, Robert A. Heinlan used the sentence in The Door Into Summer (page 75 of 1964 2d printing).

[DELETED--the site relates to "Science Fiction and Fantasy"]

A few other websites also cite to Heinlan, but not necessarily as the original source. There are a few references sourcing it to Confucius, but they didn't seem to be particularly worthy of reliance. I quickly reviewed the Analects, but couldn't find the concept addressed.

The Tao Te Ching seems to have a slightly different take on "the wise man" and his "baggage." Various translations of Ch. 26, Line 2 are at [DELETED--the site refers to the "Tao Teh Ching"]. One example:

Therefore, the Sage, traveling all day,
Does not part with the baggage-wagon;
Though there may be gorgeous sights to see,
He stays at ease in his own home.

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