Friday, November 17, 2006

Quote du Jour

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 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, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

- William Hutchinson Murray


Timmy Jimmy said...

Sounds like something you might read in the book, The Magic Of Thinking Big. Which I believe I gave to you. Read the chapter on excusitis. Chapter two Me thinks!
Another great saying is " Beginning is half done!"

Anonymous said...

The “Until one is committed...” quotation often attributed to Goethe is in fact by William Hutchinson Murray (1913-1996), from his 1951 book entitled The Scottish Himalayan Expedition. The actual final lines from W.H. Murray's book end this way (emphasis added): “...which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”

What Goethe actually said was...

Der Worte sind genug gewechselt,
lasst mich auch endlich Taten sehn!
Enough words have been exchanged;
now at last let me see some deeds!

Tom said...

How is it that you know all this? I have never heard of either guy. . . . but I am a dummy.

Anonymous said...

Goethe was a German playwright, author, philosopher, and scientist. He is best known for his version of Faust.

No, you're not a dummy. You must have taken Spanish or French in High School. :-)

Anonymous said...

It would seem that many of the quotes in popular rememberance are based on old school rosicrucian teachings. This seems to be an occult reference to creation that is found in one of Swinburne Clymer's books. They are still available through Much more of this type of wisdom can be found there, as I'm sure mr murray found it.