Rabbi Ben Hei says, “According to the pain is the gain.”
— Pirkei Avot 5:21 (second century)
NO PAINS, NO GAINS.
If little labour, little are our gains:
Man’s fate is according to his pains.
— Hesperides 752 (1650)
Industry need not wish, as Poor Richard says, and he that lives upon hope will die fasting. There are no gains, without pains …
— as reprinted in Benjamin Franklin’s The Way to Wealth (1758)
Jane Fonda didn’t invent it. Neither did that guy at the gym you think is god.
The concept has been lying around waiting to become popular slang for almost 2000 years. It didn’t refer to matters physical, either. It referred to your soul, to charity, to work in general. It was never intended to be taken literally.
Just because words rhyme, doesn’t make them a concept, doesn’t mean they relate to each other. Or that it’s a concept that applies…
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