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    the virtue of its sustaining power

    This is my final question about the language of Joseph Conrad.

    Could someone please say something about the highlighted words and phrases in the excerpt below, (within the context).

    "No man succeeds in everything he undertakes. In that sense we are all
    failures. The great point is not to fail in ordering and sustaining the
    effort of our life. In this matter vanity is what leads us astray. It
    hurries us into situations from which we must come out damaged; whereas
    pride is our safeguard, by the reserve it imposes on the choice of our
    endeavour as much as by the virtue of its sustaining power."

    (very beautiful, but maybe not very straightforward. Or?!)


    in ordering and sustaining the effort of our life =

    endeavour =

    the virtue of its sustaining power =



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    Re: the virtue of its sustaining power

    Quote Originally Posted by Caorthine View Post
    This is my final question about the language of Joseph Conrad.

    Could someone please say something about the highlighted words and phrases in the excerpt below, (within the context).

    "No man succeeds in everything he undertakes. In that sense we are all
    failures. The great point is not to fail in ordering and sustaining the
    effort of our life. In this matter vanity is what leads us astray. It
    hurries us into situations from which we must come out damaged; whereas
    pride is our safeguard, by the reserve it imposes on the choice of our
    endeavour as much as by the virtue of its sustaining power."

    (very beautiful, but maybe not very straightforward. Or?!)


    in ordering and sustaining the effort of our life =

    in making choices about which efforts to make

    endeavour =


    trying/effort


    the virtue of its sustaining power =



    a good thing about pride (knowing what you can do, and both being proud of the effort and taking pride in the results) - as opposed to vanity (thinking we can do more than we can, and so over-reaching) - is that it makes us keep trying
    If the word 'endeavour' is new to you, you need to know that it's pronounced /en'devə/.

    b

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