cross the bridge


Until one is committed there is always 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 that would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision,

raising to one’s favor all manner of unforeseen accidents and meetings

and material assistance which no man could have dreamed

would come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Edit: Please read the comment by Bob which explains the origin of this quote

5 thoughts on “cross the bridge

  1. That is a wonderful quote and I recognized it instantly because I had it posted on the wall above my desk for many years. But, it’s actually not Goethe. Most of it is from the Scottish mountaineer, William Hutchison Murray. It does incorporate a couple of lines possibly translated from Goethe. More here:

    Love the blog and I dislike correcting folks. But the librarian in me got the upper hand.

  2. the last 2 lines are familiar to me but the whole poem echoes such a wonderful reminder that doubt is truly a hindrance. It reminds me too that life is short and perhaps dithering should be added to the list of hindrances!

    Thanks for this message of strength and clarity this Friday morning!

  3. Very encouraging lines! The beautiful bridge and the last 8 lines remind me to cross that bridge in fearlessness – to commit to the Truth of who we are at all costs and keep moving forward. With gratitude for a great week of transitions!

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