A: You see that Chinese character carved into the rock by the side of the path? That reads “ren”: it means “endure,” and I want you to remember that when we climb this hill.
B: What are you saying? I don’t mind a leisurely hike in the hills. In fact, I’m quite looking forward to it.
A: That’s my point. This isn’t going to be an easy climb. It’s going to be a bit of a slog. I don’t want you whining about how difficult it is every step of the way.
Photo: Paul Cooper, Taipei Times 照片：台北時報古德謙
B: Don’t worry. I’ll be good. Forewarned is forearmed.
（Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱譯）
“Forewarned is forearmed”
This is a phrase meaning that if you are aware of something before it happens, you can better prepare for it.
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