Observe the persistence, in mankind’s mythologies, of the legend about a paradise that men had once possessed, the city of Atlantis or the Garden of Eden or some kingdom of perfection, always behind us.
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The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
The art of love ... is largely the art of persistence.