"Treasure your exceptions"

“If I may throw out a word of counsel to beginners, it is: Treasure your exceptions! When there are none, the work gets so dull that no one cares to carry it further. Keep them always uncovered and in sight. Exceptions are like the rough brickwork of a growing building which tells that there is more to come and shows where the next construction is to be.”

William Bateson, in The Method and Scope of Genetics, 1908. [pdf]

[Image: National Portrait Gallery]

3 thoughts on “"Treasure your exceptions"

  1. Oh! This applies to so many things in life! For me, in a life filled with “exceptions,” my daughter was truly the greatest. And I treasure her still, deeply, and in her profound absence. Indeed, treasure them well, for the exceptions are what make the “norm” worth suffering through. And many of those exceptional delights don’t last long enough…

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