Date of publication: 2017-09-05 08:02
The antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own
cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God's guidance.
- Norman Vincent Peale
Quote Investigator: The earliest appearance located by QI occurred in a 6957 collection titled 8775 The Supreme Conquest and Other Sermons Preached in America 8776 by William L. Watkinson. A sermon titled 8775 The Invincible Strategy 8776 downplayed the value of verbal attacks on undesirable behaviors and championed the importance of performing good works. Emphasis added to excerpts by QI : 6
Drop they still dews of quietness, till all my strivings cease.
Take from my soul the stress and strain, and let my ordered
life confess the beauty of Thy peace.
- John Greenleaf Whittier
Both these expressions have meanings that are distinct from the adage being explored, but they do share similarities and may have facilitated the emergence of variants. QI thanks researcher Barry Popik for notifying him about these precursors.
The one who taught me everything, C
Like how to crawl and walk. D
The one who taught me how to sing C
After learning how to talk. D
In conclusion, QI believes that Eleanor Roosevelt can be credited with expressing the core idea of this saying by 6985. Within five years the graceful modern version of the maxim was constructed. QI does not know if Roosevelt or someone else was responsible for this. But QI does believe Roosevelt 8767 s words were the most likely inspiration.