Three Quote Challenge: Day 1

February 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm 4 comments

Art Credit: Charlie Brown – Charles Schulz

I feel honored that GaH Learner has nominated me for another challenge as if I don’t have enough challenges to fill my days.

Fortunately, there’s no pressure here. If I feel I don’t measure up, I don’t have to deal with it.

Unfortunately, GaH is somebody who’s hard to ignore like the Godfather in the movies. She has her ways and she knows how to push the right button.

She has a blog called, Flights of Fancy. She refers to it as a totally unambitious blog. But don’t let it fool you. She’s totally dedicated in making it a very interesting read. Don’t take my word for it. Do pay her a visit. Be careful, though. You maybe next on her radar.

The Three Quote Challenge

These are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post one fresh quotation on three consecutive days.
  • On each of the three days, nominate three folks who have not yet taken part to continue the challenge.

As with many challenges, the rules can be bent a little, if need be, to fit in with people’s blogging schedules. Some bloggers have posted all three quotes in one day rather than three days. Others have posted them over three weeks’ time. It’s really up to the individual how s/he completes the challenge.

For my Day 1 challenge, I select one of my favorite quotes of all time.

Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it.
For courage has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage and the mind grows heated.
Begin it and the task is half-completed.

It was from John Anster’s translation of Goethe’s Faust that he published in 1835. The original in German is shown below along with the Google translation in English.

Wir wollen stark Getränke schlürfen;
Nun braut mir unverzüglich dran!
Was heute nicht geschieht, ist morgen nicht gethan,
Und keinen Tag soll man verpassen,
Das Mögliche soll der Entschluß
Beherzt sogleich beim Schopfe fassen,
Er will es dann nicht fahren lassen,
Und wirket weiter, weil er muß.

We want strong sipping drinks;
Now my bride immediately tuned!
What does not happen today, tomorrow is not done,
And not a day to be missed,
The Alternate to the decision
Courageously once with both hands grasp
He wants it then do not let go,
And worketh continue because it must.

As you can see, Anster’s version was more poetic than an attempt at direct translation. As a result, it had the unintended result of turning the above lines into a gem.

Finally, I’m supposed to nominate 3 people for this challenge. Darn, I can’t bear the thought of putting someone on the spot and add to his or her stress level at this time. Any volunteers? Just say the word.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gahlearner  |  February 22, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Dear Plaridel, you make me sound sinister. I like that. 😀
    Very interesting quote.

    • 2. plaridel  |  February 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm


      of course, i’m just teasing you. 🙂

      • 3. gahlearner  |  February 23, 2016 at 3:52 am

        I know. 😀

        • 4. plaridel  |  February 23, 2016 at 10:55 pm


          good. 🙂


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