"We were told to expect four hours of homework per night. I took that as a personal challenge, to see how long I would last without ever doing any. Two years; last I heard, no one had broken my record. A true personal best."
- Paul Niedermeyer, CurbsideClassic.com
Clever but lazy.
"I can't help but ponder the frightful headway we'd make if he put that sort of energy into his job."
Norman Osborn: Bit of a slob, isn't he?
Aunt May: All brilliant men are.
"Parker... Now I remember you. You're Dr. Connors' student. He tells me you're brilliant. (beat) He also tells me you're lazy."
— Dr. Otto Octavius, Spider-Man 2
The baronet had, it is true, no very great estimate of Robert's faculty for the business of this everyday life. He was in the habit of looking upon his nephew as a good-natured nonentity — a man whose heart had been amply stocked by liberal nature with all the best things the generous goddess had to bestow, but whose brain had been somewhat overlooked in the distribution of intellectual gifts. Sir Michael Audley made that mistake which is very commonly made by easygoing, well-to-do observers, who have no occasion to look below the surface. He mistook laziness for incapacity. He thought because his nephew was idle, he must necessarily be stupid. He concluded that if Robert did not distinguish himself it was because he could not.
He forgot the mute inglorious Miltons who die voiceless and inarticulate for want of that dogged perseverance, that blind courage, which the poet must possess before he can find a publisher; he forgot the Cromwells, who see a noble vessel — political economy — floundering upon a sea of confusion, and going down in a tempest of noisy bewilderment, and who yet are powerless to get at the helm, forbidden even to send out a life-boat to the sinking ship. Surely it is a mistake to judge of what a man can do by that which he has done.