Mass of Bad Work

“Everyone has a mass of bad work in him which he will have to work off and get rid of before he can do better–and indeed, the more lasting a man’s ultimate good work is, the more sure he is to pass through a time, and perhaps a very long one, in which there seems very little hope for him at all.”

~ Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh (1903)



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Featured: Samuel Butler by Charles Gogin (detail), National Portrait Gallery, London, Wikipedia



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