This seems about right, from Peter Hancock (pictured).
“Writing a thesis is like being confined in a pit of your own sewage, well over your head. It is little comfort that it is your own sewage. Indeed by comparison, other people’s sewage is like the crystal waters off an island in the Bahamas.”
I also found these thoughts helpful.
“Write without pay until somebody offers pay; if nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.”
“You know you’ve grown up when you think that your Ph.D. thesis isn’t that bad after all.”
—Max Cresswell (found over there)
A poem: Seven Factorial Theatrical Despair 😉