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Inspiration from John Steinbeck


Into the Light

I was going through some old notes and quotes the other day, and came across this one from East of Eden, which I think is a nice follow-up for Process, not Progress.

In human affairs of danger and delicacy successful conclusion is sharply limited by hurry.  So often men trip by being in a rush.  If one were properly to perform a difficult and subtle act, he should first inspect the end to be achieved and then, once he had accepted the end as desirable, he should forget it completely and concentrate soley on the means.  By this method he would not be moved to false action by anxiety or hurry or fear.  Very few people learn this.

Nicely said, don’t you think?

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One Comment to

“Inspiration from John Steinbeck”

  1. On August 19th, 2010 at 1:56 pm Peg in South Carolina Says:

    I think this is an excellent quotation.

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