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Give me credit for being a plodder

September 15, 2009

If anyone should think it worth his while to write my life, if he give me credit for being a plodder, he will describe me justly. Any thing beyond this will be too much. I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.

William Carey, Baptist missionary who learnt Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, French, Dutch and some Indian languages.

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) 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.


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

Lao Tsu

Hindu Caste System

July 30, 2009

Referring to the caste system, Carey said:

“Perhaps this is one of the strongest chains with which the devil ever bound the children of men. This is my comfort — that God can break it.”

William Carey