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:: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 ::

Plutarch on Sertorius:

"You see, fellow soldiers, that perseverence is more prevailing than violence, and that many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little. Assiduity and persistence are irresistible, and in time overthrow and destroy the greatest powers whatever, time being the favorable friend and assistant of those who use their judgment to await his occasions, and the destructive enemy of those who are unreasonably urging and pressing forward."

Man, this is good advice, and totally, totally relevant to the abortion issue.

A lot of mothers, myself included (and perhaps at the top of the list) have let fear overwhelm them and rob them of tremendous opportunity. We have let that fear push and push us unto unreasonable urging ourselves, and we have pressed the issue so forwardly as to destroy the beauty, the greatness that would have been ours had we allowed time to ameliorate conflicts, had we but taken the challenge daily instead of all in one lump sum.

Oh that we would, as Sir Henry Wadsworth Longfellow suggested, "learn to labor and to wait."

:: ashli 10:09 AM # ::

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