Three Quote Challenge: Day 1
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.
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.