Thursday, December 15, 2016

No Pains, No Gains

This saying signifies that nothing great and noble can be achieved without a good deal of effort, struggle and sacrifice. As William Penn puts it, “no pain, no palm, no throes, no throne; no fall, no glory, no cross, no crown”. There are not short-cuts to success or golden rules to grow rich or to acquire scholarship in a few hours.

In the witty words of G.B. Shaw, the golden rule is that there is no golden rule. The path of hard and systematic and since rework leads one to the haven of success. It is a myth that often idles is happier than those who take pairs and apply then shoulders to the wheel. Another wrong notion among us is that without genius a student cannot become a first-rate scholar, howsoever painstaking he may be otherwise, as a matter of fact, genius as defined by Edison, is ‘one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration’. Another write Hopkins says: ‘Gift, like genius, I often think means only an infinite capacity of taking pains.” Rome was not built in a day. 

Rightly says a poet

The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were touching upward in the night.


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