Boldness has Genius, Power and Magic

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” – From Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People write about looking at a blank page and getting started with writing. I think the bigger challenge is to look at what you wrote yesterday, find the thread of your thoughts and press on with it. I think it is easier to just write something new each day, something without a past and lacking any errors or regrets.

But, a story needs a beginning as well as a middle and an ending. Keep working on it.

Addendum: There is a little background about the origins of this quote. I looked it up after I was contacted by Terry Rothermich. I also found there is more to the quote. Here is a fuller version, which I liked.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that 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 do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

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