First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it.
William James Quotes
No matter how full a reservoir of “maxims” one may possess, and no matter how good one’s “sentiments” may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to “act”, one’s character may remain entirely unaffected for the better. With mere good intentions, hell is proverbially paved.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
The man whose acquisitions stick is the man who is always achieving and advancing whilst his neighbors, spending most of their time in relearning what they once knew but have forgotten, simply hold their own.
Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.