By Jonathan 3 Comments

An Inspirational Quote For Today

The following quote is often inaccurately attributed to Goethe, but no matter who said it, the words still carry a powerful message.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. 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 never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”

William Hutchinson Murray (1913-1996), from his 1951 book entitled “The Scottish Himalayan Expedition”.


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  • Andie says:

    Here from NCLM also. Wow! This quote hits me where I live today. (there’s a lot of uncertainty/possiblity swirling about in my life at the moment). Thank you for posting it!

  • Jonathan says:

    Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you back :)

  • Erin Edler says:

    Here via NCLM! I like that quote. It makes me think about how there are somethings in my life I am not sure I am committed to as much as I should be and am still so unsure if I want to commit. I wonder what is holding me back.

    Nice post, very thought provoking.