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Please, I would like the explation of the saying:

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.

I translated it to my native language, but still didn't get it.

What I think is that trees are big, but they started out as grass. Is that it?

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No, trees do not start out as grass. Trees keep on growing and living for many years, longer than humans in most cases. That's the meaning of patience -- endure. Grass grows and gets cut, then grows again and gets cut again, etc. That's the meaning of persistence -- continue to try, despite setbacks. It's a metaphor. –  John Lawler Jan 23 at 18:18
Trees are patient, grass is persistent, is what it says. Analysis, discussion or criticism going beyond this literal meaning is off-topic here. –  RegDwigнt Jan 23 at 18:21
Agreed @JohnLawler. Thanks. –  edubriguenti Jan 23 at 19:18
Trees don't start out as grass . Trees start out(grow from) as a bud...(there might be exceptions).this question is good. –  Argot Jan 23 at 19:35
@JohnLawler why give answer in comments. –  Argot Jan 23 at 19:39

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