"Cleverness is good, patience is better"

Intelligence often manifests as an eagerness to execute, to speak, to commit, and to prescribe. Skill, and acquired know-how can sometimes wrongly create the impression, or a false sense of always being right. While skilful and clever people do well in their respective areas of work and involvement, perseverance is no less a virtue to acquire. Being patient and careful in the fulfillment of one’s daily duties, as opposed to being restless and impulsive can be more rewarding. As the famous English poet John Milton, advocates in the sonnet, “On His Blindness”

When I consider how my light is spent

Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,

And that one Talent which is death to hide

Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent

To serve therewith my Maker, and present

My true account, lest He returning chide,

"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?"

I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent

That murmur, soon replies, "God doth not need

Either man's work or his own gifts. Who best

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state

Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,

And post o'er land and ocean without rest;

They also serve who only stand and wait.