patienceIf you have confidence you have patience. Confidence, that is everything. Ilie Nastase Soon I knew the craft of experimental physics was beyond me – it was the sublime quality of patience – patience in accumulating data, patience with recalcitrant equipment – which I sadly lacked. I’ve done an awful lot of stuff that’s a monument to public patience. Difficult years lie ahead, patience is required. So it’s been a slow process and it’s taken some patience. That’s why patients are called patients I think – patience is required. As a young boy, I read ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ and immediately became neurotic about my use of time. It taxed me severely, but only for the next 50 years. But I think it also allowed me to discipline myself to sit in the chair and be a writer, where one of the most needed qualities is patience. It’s amazing. My kids have grown me in ways I never knew possible. The patience I’ve received and the love I get from them is just amazing. I haven’t got a lot of patience. You know, writing is really difficult, and it takes a real patience and a skill. I don’t know if I have that. I admire it in others, so much, and I envy it. Patience is sorrow’s salve.