Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quote of the day

This didn't strike me the first time that I read it, 20 years ago, the way that it does today.
[No] natural or improved ability can claim immunity from the companionship of the steady, plain, hard-working qualities, and hope to gain its end. There is no such thing as such fulfilment on this earth. Some happy talent, and some fortunate opportunity, may form the two sides of the ladder on which some men mount, but the rounds of that ladder must be made of stuff to stand wear and tear; and there is no substitute for thorough-going, ardent, and sincere earnestness.
- Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

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