Diligence

Brooker T Washington cleaned the room (illustration)

Famed educator Booker T. Washington recalled the “entrance exam” that earned him a place at the Hampton Institute in Virginia as a young man. The head teacher ordered Washington to take a broom and sweep the classroom. Because he knew this was his chance, he swept the r …

What Persistence! (illustration)

Edward Gibbon spent twenty-six years writing his great work on history. Noah Webster worked diligently for thirty-six years to bring into print the first edition of his dictionary. It is said that the Roman orator Cicero practiced before friends every day for thirty years in orde …