Quote: W. H. Murray

Quote: W. H. Murray

Mar 19


“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: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I 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


  1. Carol Laster

    This is a wonderful quote, but it appears that you are giving credit to W.H. Murray rather than Goeth who I believe is the author of the entire quote. Truer words were never spoken however.

  2. Hi Carol. W.H. Murray is reportedly the author of this quote. According to Wikipedia, it has been widely misattributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._H._Murray

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