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What does he who is afraid of the leaves must not go into the forest mean?

Samantha Barber

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Samantha Barber on August 26, 2018

This is not actually a proverb; it is a quote from Leo Tolstoy in the story of The Two Brothers. In the context of the story, two brothers come across a stone that tells them that they must steal the pups from bears and ascend a mountain to find happiness. The younger brother wants to do what the stone says, but the older brother will refrain, saying that "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." The younger brother replies: I have heard: "the one that is afraid of leaves must not go in the forest." In short, it minimizes the elder brother caution. This appointment is considered by many to to say "If you are afraid of the small things in life, it is likely that you will miss the big picture, or the big catch." Some misunderstand it as "You need to overcome your fears in front of them", but the context suggests otherwise.


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