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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 5 (August 1, 1934)

Persistence and Desistance

Persistence and Desistance.

A Psychological shandy of Persistence and Desistance is the elixir of existence, as the Wise wot. For when to desist is as important to impress as where to persist. In truth, forsooth, desistance is a part of persistence, as practised by the prescient, and interludes of idleness or delapses of desistance constitute a correct attitude to Altitude, when applied to the heights of Ambition.

For Life is mainly a matter of attitudes and altitudes, and a lofty mental altitude minus a mellow mental attitude is fallacious flying in a blizzard of blunders which can only end in a crash on the peaks of Parnassus.