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The Burden — A Fable

By Leo Tolstoy

Two men were going together along the road and each one carried his own load on his shoulders. One man carried his not taking it off the whole way, but the other kept on stopping, taking off his load and sitting down to rest. But each time he had again to lift up the load and again to hoist it onto his shoulders. And the one who took off his burden was much more tired than the one who, without taking it off, carried his.

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