Perseverance: The Slender Force of Human Beings

The Slender Force of Human Beings
“All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance: it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals.  If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of the pick-ax, or of one impression of the spade with the general design and last result, he would be overwhelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are levelled, and oceans bounded, by the slender force of human beings.” -Johnson

(Note: yes, I know human beings accomplish things by more than just the force of their own power; just take this with a grain of salt.)

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    • trudy
    • March 20, 2009

    I am inspired by this great example of the human will and expression. It makes me aware that everything we do can be either useful or harmful and can have lasting results. Thank you for this.

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