Friday, June 16, 2006

Quote Of The Day: "Boldness Has Genius"

Quote Of The Day: "Boldness Has Genius"

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

--Goethe

4 comments:

Si said...

Actually, that quotation is from W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951.

see http://www.goethesociety.org/pages/quotescom.html for more info.

Chris said...

Thanks Si! The urban legend strikes again. I am glad to see that it is at least partially based on a Goethe translation.

the laughing gypsy said...

What a great quote! I also alwasy heard it ascribed to Goethe....

Anonymous said...

According to About.com, it's not even Goethe.

http://german.about.com/library/blgermyth12.htm