Bide your time. It indicates a great heart and profound patience. Don’t be too hasty or too vehement. First master yourself and then you master others. You must journey through the tracts of time to the centre of opportunity. Prudent delay allowed success to ripen and secrets to mature. Time’s crutch is more effective than Hercules’ nail-studded club.

from Baltasar Gracián’s ‘The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence’, Maxim 55