Tuesday, May 13, 2008

"Beware the fury of a patient man"

I've been thinking about my last post and for some reason this quote came to mind. The quote is from John Dryden, I believe. I confess I don't know the full context, and fury is not a word I generally apply to myself, but I think this quote is applicable to running. Like many Americans, I often want things to be quick and easy. Running isn't like that, is it? Building up a base of endurance requires time and patience. One building block at a time, no shortcuts.


Beth said...

I like that quote, and I completely agree. I believe that's one of the reasons running is so great. It teaches you those necessary life lessons such as endurance and patience. It's difficult at first, but ultimately worth it.

Anonymous said...

it is from a political poem.:

Must I at length the Sword of Justice draw?
Oh curst Effects of necessary Law!
How ill my Fear they by my Mercy scan,
Beware the Fury of a Patient Man.

you can only take advantage of people until they rise against oppression.