Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.And — remembering that cynicism is not an exclusively French trait in Europe — Sunday was the birthday of Charles Babbage, the English mathematician and inventor (1792-1871) who said
In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
Propose to any Englishman any principle or instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the English mind is directed to find a difficulty, a defect, or an impossibility in it.