The great antique heart: how like a child's in its simplicity, like a man's in its earnest solemnity and depth! heaven lies over him wheresoever he goes or stands on the earth; making all the earth a mystic temple to him, the earth's business all a kind of worship. Glimpses of bright creatures flash in the common sunlight; angels yet hover, doing God's messages among men . . . . . Wonder, miracle, encompass the man; he lives in an element of miracle . . . . A great law of duty, high as these two infinitudes (heaven and hell), dwarfing all else, annihilating all else - it was a reality, and it is one: the garment only of it is dead; the essence of it lives through all times and all Eternity!
                                                                                    Thomas Carlyle
                                                                                  Past and Present

The Bird Feeder

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back . . .  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, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.


Goethe, Faust