Perseverance Or Obstinacy?

from The Reading Mother's Commonplace | thereadingmother.net
Lady With An Open Book, Oil on Canvas by Anton Faistauer (Austrian, 1887-1930)

 

Why a writer must pay attention to the connotation of a word:

My father was a gentleman of many virtues, but he had a strong spice of that in his temper which might or might not, add to the number, – – ‘Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, – – and of obstinacy in a bad one.   ~ Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy

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