Saturday, 29 November, 1828
I view the slow movements with more than ordinary indifference because everything I wish to accomplish seems farther removed and the distance decreases its value, and causes me to feel less energy in pursuit. This is my feeling. But it is improper and ought not to be indulged. You must never suffer such overanxiety to disturb your regular and constant endeavor to gain the point at which you may be aiming. And if your object be good distance will not always diminish its intrinsic worth.