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Wang Jie was training a group of young soldiers to throw live hand grenades. One recruit was nervous and dropped his as he pulled out the pin.The seconds ticked by as he stared, transfixed, at the grenade lying just inches from his feet…

October 3, 2009

Wang Jie was training a group of young soldiers to throw live hand grenades. One recruit was nervous and dropped his as he pulled out the pin.The seconds ticked by as he stared, transfixed, at the grenade lying just inches from his feet. The other trainees threw themselves to the ground, but Wang Jie flung himself forward and covered the grenade with his body just before it exploded. His chest was blown to bits, but his action saved his comrades and the young recruit was unharmed. In his diary he had written, ‘Soldiers armed with Mao-Tse Tung thought are all conquering. For the revolution I fear neither hardships nor death. We must regard Mao-Tse Tung thought as our food, our weapon and our steering wheel and always act according to Mao’s instructions in our daily life.

Gao Anhua, To the Edge of the Sky, p.121

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it’s just that I stay with problems longer

September 15, 2009

It’s not that I’m so smart , it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Einstein

(Einstein) was remarkable for his powers of concentration and could work steadily for many hours and even days on the same problem. Some of the topics that interested him remained on his mind for decades. For relaxation he turned to music and sailing, but often his work would continue during these moments as well; he usually had a notebook in his pocket so he could jot down any idea that came to him. Elsa told how Einstein would come downstairs, strike a few notes on the piano, stop to jot something down, and then return to his study. His reputation for absentmindedness is not all myth. His wife told about how she used to bundle him up in his overcoat and leave him in the foyer, only to find him standing there half an hour later, lost in thought.

Richard P. Brennan, Heisenberg Probably Slept Here, Wiley, 1997, p.75

Plodding winds the race.

Aesop

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao Tsu

The Greatest Conquest

August 26, 2009

Can you walk on water? You have done no better than a straw. Can you soar in the air? You have done no better than a fly. Conquer your heart; then you may become somebody.

Kharaja Abdullah, Ansari of Herat (1005-1090)

And the heart needs to be conquered due to its rebellion.