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Mabel Newcomer, which we've also seen spelled Newcomber, was an American economic professor and this quote came from her greeting to students in 1935.
Patience is one of our greatest virtues, key to success in any endeavor, except maybe sprinting. Good things take time, sometimes an awfully long time, and without patience we are unlikely to accomplish anything of substance, either as individuals or collectively as a people.
Do not mistake activity for achievement...
There are an awful lot of things we used to wait for, like dinner and news, that are now instantaneous or almost so. This frees up more time, but how often do we use that time for things that require patience.
Collectively, not too often. Life in the second decade of the 21st century is more harried than ever. Life for most of us humans has never been leisurely - we've always had to hustle up a living - but it seems to me that we humans are running around more than we've ever done before. We are passing lives but not really living.
In the sentence previous to this passage, Newcomer urges her students to:
...have the courage to stand aside and watch for a little while.
This, too, is great advice. While us humans generally like to do things, to dive into something quickly and without thought is unwise and sometimes foolish and patient people indeed have the ability to stand aside and watch for a bit. This time is seldom wasted because observation helps develop perspective, which helps to form the long-term plans that turn life into an experience where your time serves you, as opposed to merely a collection of days passed until one dies.
Note: quotes are from Gaylon's own private stock, stolen from original source materials.
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