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You are nothing without patience.
Do not attempt to prove otherwise.
Pay no attention to betrayals and insults,
manipulations and deceptions.
You have naught to show but fortitude
if the things which you could not write out
leave you huddled over the toilet bowl,
vomiting acid until consciousness fades.
Do not attempt to outsmart time.
What is a man without patience?
A disappointment, a travesty, the butt of a locker-room joke.
Above all, remain calm,
even if your fingers are ripped from their sockets,
one by one.