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Begin It Now ~ Goethe

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

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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3 Responses to “Begin It Now ~ Goethe”

  1. Violet Weed Says:

    Goethe never said the above quote, do your research.
    As for Gandhi’s quote, hmmm. Did you know that Gandhi’s own son became a muslim, changed his name to Mohammed and never spoke to his daddy again. That’s how good a FATHER Gandhi was. The myths that society creates to support baloney.

  2. patricia Says:

    Violet,
    Nice to hear from you and just as the wood violets are blooming in my woods!

    You are right about the quote not being all of Goethe’s words, it is the quote I have had on my bathroom mirror for about 40 years from one of my theology teachers in Grad school…it is inspiring..
    So here is my due diligence.

    The Goethe Society of North America Via Librarian Hanks at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and Stevenson’s Home Book of Quotations give Goethe the credit for ” Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin it, and the work will be completed.”

    The complete quote is given to W.H. Murray’s The Scottish Himalayan Expedition 1951 Which attributes the words of the last line to Goethe

    It is also attributed to John Anster in a “free” translation of FAUST in 1835.

    Katju Moser of the Society is given credit for documentation of the sources as accepted by the society.

    I guess I am a person who needs mythology to assist me in living my best life and in my best service to myself and others…

    I have just given away all my books on Gandhi that I had in my library – everyone of them included his thoughts on parenting and what he might have done to his children and especially his wife taking on his cause and actions.

    There are always costs and decisions that are made that can assist or deter a person’s life.

    Thank you for your fine comments and for sharing your thoughts

  3. patricia Says:

    This quote is also part of the NIKE athletic gear advertising for years