Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Omne Initium Est Difficile

All proverbs are half-truths at best, and this one (omne initium est difficile = every beginning is difficult) strikes me as not even half true. Beginnings are easy. How many projects have I started with great fanfare and enthusiasm, yet soon dropped. How many languages have I started to learn, but abandoned after the first chapter in the textbook. How many loves at first sight end quickly in disappointment and mutual disgust. It is perseverance that is difficult and rare, not beginning.

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