Sunday, September 23, 2007


Until one is committed there is hesitance,
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;
That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would
otherwise not 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 dreamt would have come his way.
I have learned a deep 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."

W.N.Murray - The Scotish Himalayan Expedition 1951

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