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‘Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.’ – Samuel Johnson.
It occurred to me, not for the first time, that Winston Churchill had a point when he said that it was no bad thing for an uneducated man to read a book of quotations; you certainly learn a lot. Even just preparing this little Quote of the Day post, I learned that I could do with reading more Samuel Johnson, who also said, apparently, that ‘self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings’ and ‘whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o’clock is a scoundrel’ – which seems to pretty soundly establish his bona fides, if you ask me.
If you need further proof of this man’s heart being in the right place, listen to this: ‘There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.’ He also adds (I assume not in the same essay – or saying scribbled down by faithful Boswell), ‘He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything’ – which, together with the opening quotation really forms the basis of this post.
If you wait until you’ve thought out all the difficulties before doing anything, chances are it won’t get done. If you try to do everything at once, you may just forget to start. Which is funny, given that that’s nearly the direction this post could have ended up going in. The good doctor also sayeth, for the nice rounding up of this little essay, ‘To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.’ Congratulate me, gentlemen, I feel we have made steps along the mighty path of the Impossible Theme and the cause of Heavy Mettle:
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