Timur was feared throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe. Known for displaying extraordinary courage during fifty years of continuous battles, Timur was a ferocious warrior. According to lore, that courage was imparted by an ant.
“I once”, Timur said, “was forced to take shelter from my enemies in a ruined building, where I sat alone many hours.
Desiring to divert my mind from my hopeless condition, I fixed my observation on an ant that was carrying a grain of corn larger than herself up a high wall.
I numbered the efforts it made to accomplish this object. The grain fell sixty-nine times to the ground; but the insect persevered, and the seventieth time it reached the top of the wall.
This sight gave me courage in the moment; and I have never forgotten the lesson it conveyed.”