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For today’s “Takes and Double Takes”, here is a quote from W. H. Murray, with Goethe rolled into it, that I think will serve as a springboard of inspiration for us all.

“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, namely: 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 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. H. Murray

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German dramatist, novelist, poet, scientist (1749-1832)

And here is another quote, passed on to me from my friend Bill Hay, that is worth bearing in mind for those who are determined to begin great things:

“To undertake a project, as the word’s derivation indicates, means to cast an idea out ahead of oneself so that it gains autonomy and is filled not only by the efforts of its originator but, indeed, independently of him as well.”
                                            Czeslaw Milosz   

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