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Rome Wasn't Built in a Day

  • Date Submitted: 08/19/2014 10:06 PM
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The expression   "Rome was not built in one day" is given in English in John Heywood's   (A Dialogue Conteinyng the Number in Effect of all the Prouerbes in the Englishe Tongue)   , while Queen Elizabeth referred to the idea in Latin in an address at Cambridge in 1563.
Rome wasn't built in a day. It had perhaps taken centuries. To begin with Rome was only a conglomeration [collection] of a few hamlets; then it became a city; then a state and finally a vast empire. So anything big and great need many years of hard work, undaunted by obstacles of failures. We simply cannot hope to achieve anything great within an overnight.
When we turn to the nature and watch a bird making its nest, we will certainly be amazed for its patience and perseverance. A clumsy bird like the crow, brings dry sticks and twigs from a tree in its beak, puts them at the join of two branches, arranges and rearranges them until it finally takes the shape it wants! It does not give up its job - a stick may fall now and then and the wind may blow off its partly built nest. Still it persists.
This proverb is applicable in each phase of life. For example: Only a few days before the examination, most of the students begin to study seriously. The days prior to that is wasted in futile pursuits. Such students cannot hope to do well in their examinations nor can they come out with flying colors.
It is not only in the case of studies, but also in the case of success in life that one needs steady and continuous work. Nor science or technology is the result of the efforts of one individual or a single experiment. It is because hundreds of people zealously worked for generations together that we now enjoy easy and comfortable life. Most of those people who had so toiled are not known to the history, they are the people, who never cared for fame, who were not deterred by failures, whose only aim was to go ahead steadfastly in their work.
This is the kind of perseverance we need to cultivate. We have got to...


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