“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Despite the fact that I am currently working at a German political foundation and always having nurtured a sense of curiosity about Germany, especially its History in the 20th Century…I never felt the desire to learn German.
That has changed ever since I was introduced to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Again Thank you to my colleagues – Anna and David for bringing his name up, time and again in our coffee-time conversations!
The more I read about this lawyer-turned-artist-turned-writer-turned- politician, the more I wish I was so fluent in German that I could read his original works, especially Faust.
These evenings, I spend about an hour a day looking up random trivia and excerpts of his works in English. Came across this quote yesterday …it is simple and yet such profound wisdom that I had to share it here!