Patience, Young Grasshopper…

November 26, 2009 at 7:23 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
“As quickly as you can…snatch the pebble from my hand.” [Caine tries and fails]
“When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave.”

I recently heard this grasshopper phrase used yet again and sometimes it takes me forever to bother googling stuff like this, but I finally got my arse together and looked it up.

I am SURE, that knowing this most important bit of information, will now make me sleep better at night and I’ll surely live happily ever after.

(Just kidding) .

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Okay, I say this phrase (“Patience young grasshopper…”) all the time and yet I really have no idea where it comes from?

So where did this expression come from and for how long has it been part of the vernacular?
On October 14, 1972, Warner Brothers release the series “Kung Fu” featuring a Shaolin priest – Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) and his journey through the old West. What was new to the American public was not only the fighting but the philosophy that was presented with each show. In each episode, Kwai Chang Caine recalls a memorable moment when his wise teachers, Master Kan (Philip Ahn) or Master Po (Keye Luke), taught him a lesson which provides an insight to his current problem.

laugh.gif At one point Master Po asks young Kwai Chang Kane what he hears … there is a grasshopper at his feet … so his teacher nicknames him ‘grasshopper’.
So there you have it. It’s from the old TV Show “Kung Fu” thumbs_up.gif Some trivia for ya…

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