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美 德

  獲取研究生學位多年以後,我回到位於賓翰頓的紐約州立大學當教員。一天,電梯裡很擁擠,有人抱怨電梯效率太低。我說自我在那裡當學生起,20年來電梯一直沒有換過。

  最後當電梯門打開時,我感到有人在我的背上同情地拍了一下,回過頭來我看到一位年長的修女正在朝我微笑。「你會拿到學位的,親愛的,」她低聲說道:「堅持不懈是一種美德。」

Virtue

Many years after receiving my graduate degree, I returned to the State University of New York at Binghamton as a faculty member. One day in a crowded elevator, someone remarked on its inefficiency. I said the elevators had not changed in the 20 years since I began there as a student.

When the door finally opened, I felt a compassionate pat on my back, and turned to see an elderly nun smiling at me. "You'll get that degree, dear," she whispered. "Perseverance is a virtue."