"The ability to wait is so difficult an accomplishment that the greatest poets have not disdained to make the inability to wait a motif of their poems: Shakespeare’s Othello and Sophocles’ Ajax. Indeed, passion will not wait; the tragic element in the life of great men often lies not in their conflicts with their age and lowness of their fellow man, but in their inability to put off their work for a year or two.”

Human, All Too Human: Vol. 1, §61 (edited excerpt).

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