As a young boy I read 'Cheaper by the Dozen' and immediately became neurotic about my use of time. It taxed me severely but only for the next 50 years. But I think it also allowed me to discipline myself to sit in the chair and be a writer where one of the most needed qualities is patience.
As I pass it I feel as if I saw a dear old mother sweet in her weakness trembling at the approach of her dissolution but not appealing to me against the inevitable rather endeavouring to reassure me by her patience and pointing to a hopeful future.
The only thing of weight that can be said against modern honor is that it is directly opposite to religion. The one bids you bear injuries with patience the other tells you if you don't resent them you are not fit to live.
And so at the age of thirty I had successively disgraced myself with three fine institutions each of which had made me free of its full and rich resources had trained me with skill and patience and had shown me nothing but forbearance and charity when I failed in trust.
Sometimes they are a matter of luck the photographer could not expect or hope for them. Sometimes they are a matter of patience waiting for an effect to be repeated that he has seen and lost or for one that he anticipates.