(see also QUITTING)
Persistence paid off for American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the planet
Pluto. After astronomers calculated a probable orbit for this "suspected"
heavenly body, Tombaugh took up the search in March 1929. Time magazine recorded the
investigation: "He examined scores of telescopic photographs each showing tens of
thousands of star images in pairs under the dual microscope. It often took three days to
scan a single pair. It was exhausting, eye-cracking work--in his own words, 'brutal,
tediousness.' And it went on for months. Star by star, he examined 20 million images. Then
on February 18, 1930, as he was blinking at a pair of photographs in the constellation
Gemini, 'I suddenly came upon the image of Pluto!" It was the most dramatic
astronomic discovery in nearly 100 years.
Today in the Word, November 26, 1991.
I look at a stone cutter hammering away at a rock a hundred times without so much as a crack showing in it. Yet at
the 101st blow it splits in two. I know it was not the one blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
Reader's Digest, Jacob Riis.
An elderly lady was once asked by a young man who had grown weary in the fight, whether he ought to give up the
struggle. "I am beaten every time," he said dolefully. "I feel I must give up." "Did you ever notice," she replied, smiling
into the troubled face before her, "that when the Lord told the discouraged fishermen to cast their nets again, it was right in
the same old spot where they had been fishing all night and had caught nothing?"