C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


What passes in the world for talent or dexterity or enterprise is often only a want of moral principle. We may succeed where others fail, not from a greater share of invention, but from not being nice in the choice of expedients.


On the neck of the young man sparkles no gem so gracious as enterprise.


Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.

Madame Swetchine.

  • How slow the time
  • To the warm soul, that in the very instant
  • It forms, would execute a great design.
  • Thomson.

    The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor; to sketch out a map of possibilities, and then to treat them as probabilities.


    The fact is, that to do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.

    Sydney Smith.

    Before thy undertaking of any design, weigh the glory of thy action with the danger of the attempt; if the glory outweigh the danger, it is cowardice to neglect it; if the danger exceed the glory, it is rashness to attempt it; if the balances stand poised, let thy own genius cast them.