This line from Middlemarch reminded me of the Yoga-Sutra-s of Patanjali:
"I have insisted to him on what Aristotle has stated with admirable brevity, that for the achievement of any work regarded as an end there must be a prior exercise of many energies or acquired facilities of a secondary order, demanding patience."
Of course, this being said by Casaubon, there is no brevity. Still, I like the sentiment. Achievement takes lots of practice and patience.
I am hoping to apply patience and practice to reading some of Middlemarch each morning as I eat breakfast. Currently on page 71 of 738.