Boldness has genius

Until one is committed

There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,

Always ineffectiveness

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation)

There is one elementary truth,

The ignorance of which kills countless ideas

And splendid plans

The 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 favour all manner

Of unforseen incidents and meetings

And material assistance,

Which no man could have dreamt

Would have come his way.

I have learned a great respect

For one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

The Scottish Himalayan Expedition       W.H. Murray

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