There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.
From the October 2nd devotion in
Norman Vincent Peale’s “Positive Living Day By Day”
Published by Guideposts
The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus and apply your mental and physical energies to the problem at hand – without growing weary. Because such thinking is often difficult, there seems to be no limit to which some people will go to avoid the effort and labor that is associated with it….
Edison’s favorite piece of poetry was stanza nine from Thomas Gray’s Elegy To A Country-Churchyard, which he perpetually recited within earshot of his many associates:
“The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave,
Awaits alike the inevitable hour:
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.”