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 =
the virtue of its sustaining power =