shaolin«A martial arts student went to his teacher and

said earnestly, ‘I’m devoted to studying your

martial system. How long will it take me to

master it?’ The teacher’s reply was casual, ‘Ten

years.’ Impatiently, the student answered, ‘But I

want to master it faster than that. I’ll work very

hard. I’ll practise every day, ten or more hours

a day if I have to. How long will it take then?’

The teacher thought for a moment and replied,

‘Twenty years.’» – Zen stories, unknown author