Monday, October 25, 2010

The inefficiency of impatience

We have a fine instance of patience in the late venerable Thomas Scott: “Having gone on a voyage when it did not sail at all punctually to the time which had been named, he sat down to read in the cabin. A gentleman, who had expressed much impatience and displeasure at the delay, at length addressed himself to him, observing that his quietness was quite provoking; that he seemed ready to put up with anything. His reply was, 'Sir, I dare say I shall get to the end of our voyage just as soon as you will.’”

- from A Treatise on Temper - its Use and Abuse by a Staffordshire Curate, October 1837

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