What does the Chinese proverb mean "The snake, knowing itself, strikes swiftly."?


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Did you ever see two nervous men trying to psych themselves up to fight? It gets a bit pushy-shovey until one of them finally throws a punch. They don't have the self-confidence to get things rolling.

A trained fighter would simply get into it and take his opponent out as cleanly as possible.

A snake knows what it can do, dispenses with the dance of engagement, and strikes. It's best not to annoy them if they're in a bad mood.

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