Friday, April 27, 2012


Edmund Burke described obstinacy as a great vice which was frequently the cause of great mischief, for it is allied to constancy, fortitude, fidelity, firmness, and magnanimity--all commendable virtues, which if practised to excess lead to obstinacy, the one passion that never recovers from failure. It is the pathway to that narrowness of mind which leads to self-conceit. 

~ Besser, H. Perseverance: How to Develop It. Funk & Wagnalls Co.: London, 1916.