Samuel Butler quote about determination from The Note-Books of Samuel Butler - If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
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If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
 Samuel Butler, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912). copy citation

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“Arrears of small things to be attended to, if allowed to accumulate, worry and depress like unpaid debts. The main work should always stand aside for these, not these for the main work, as large debts should stand aside for small ones, or truth for common charity and good feeling. If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
Knowledge is Power Yes, but it must be practical knowledge. There is nothing less powerful than knowledge unattached, and incapable of application. That is why what little knowledge I have has done myself personally so much harm.” source

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