Sunday, April 17, 2005

Sustained effort

"Do you know how peasants buy their teams? Oh, they are experts in these matters, and know very well how to find out the mettle of an animal. They simply touch the tail and the effect is miraculous. Those that have no mettle in them offer no resistance, but lie down on the ground as if they are going to sleep. But those that have mettle jump about, as if in protest against the liberty taken with them. The peasants choose the latter.

One must have the true mettle of a man within, if one wishes to be successful in life. But there are many who have no grit in them; who are like popped rice soaked in milk, soft and cringing! No strength within! No capacity for sustained effort! No power of will. They are failures in life."

Paramahansa Ramakrishna

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