Quotations about:
    leap of faith

Note not all quotations have been tagged, so Search may find additional quotes on this topic.

But the greatest undertakings should not be overly pondered, lest contemplation of difficulties too clearly foreseen appall you.

[Los grandes empeños aun no se han de pensar, basta ofrecerse, porque la dificultad, advertida, no ocasione el reparo.]

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish Jesuit priest, writer, philosopher
The Art of Worldly Wisdom [Oráculo Manual y Arte de Prudencia], § 204 (1647) [tr. Fischer (1937)]

(Source (Spanish)). Alternate translations:

As to great enterprizes, we must not stand reasoning, it is enough that we embrace them when they present, lest the consideration of their difficulty make us abandon the attempt.
[Flesher ed. (1685)]

Great undertakings are not to be brooded over, lest their difficulty when seen causes despair.
[tr. Jacobs (1892)]

In moments of great danger, don't even think, simply act. Don't dwell on the difficulties.
[tr. Maurer (1992)]

Added on 13-Mar-23 | Last updated 13-Mar-23
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Gracián, Baltasar

We are very near to greatness: one step and we are safe: can we not take the leap?
Emerson - greatness - wist_info

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
Journal (28 Oct 1841)
Added on 21-Oct-15 | Last updated 21-Oct-15
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American clergyman, civil rights leader, social activist, preacher

Variant: "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Added on 27-Jan-10 | Last updated 19-Jan-15
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by King, Martin Luther