Feeling stupid?

Sometimes (usually?), research doesn’t go as planned. When science gets tough…

Remember that it’s hard for everyone, even the best of ’em

  • “But I am very poorly today and feel very stupid and hate everybody and everything. One lives only to make blunders” (Charles Darwin to Charles Llyell in 1861. One year after publishing “On the Origin of Species”)
  • “I am assailed with my own ignorance and inability. Honesty… For no one else knows my lack of ability the way I do. I am pushing against it all the time. Sometimes, I seem to do a good little piece of work, but when it is done it slides into mediocrity…” (John Steinbeck, June 18, 1938 while writing “The Grapes of Wrath”)