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Definition of Perseverance

A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
  'Persevere, persevere!' cry the homilists all,
  Themselves, day and night, persevering to bawl.
  'Remember the fable of tortoise and hare --
  The one at the goal while the other is -- where?'
  Why, back there in Dreamland, renewing his lease
  Of life, all his muscles preserving the peace,
  The goal and the rival forgotten alike,
  And the long fatigue of the needless hike.
  His spirit a-squat in the grass and the dew
  Of the dogless Land beyond the Stew,
  He sleeps, like a saint in a holy place,
  A winner of all that is good in a race.

Sukker Uffro

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


Last updated: 9/3/2011 12:48:30