Medieval commentators supplied the reason for this fact, "Non Vi Sed Saepe Cadendo" - "Not by Force, but by Falling Often."
The word for "drop" (Gutta) did surprisingly well in the Romance languages:
Gota - Spanish
Goccia - Italian
Goutte - French
The ordinarily conservative Romanian dropped the ball:
Picătură - Romanian
The quote is inspirational. Persistence will eventually win the day.
Also worth noting in this vein:
Assiduus usus, uni rei deditus, et ingenium et artem saepe vincit.
Constant practice, given to one thing, often conquers both genius and art.
(Cicero Pro Balbo 45)
You'll travel back to ancient Rome on a harrowing mission to save the modern world. It's the adventure of four lifetimes.