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On Letting go...


When you know so much and are so close but so far from that great idea, the hardest thing to do is to let go. Yet sometimes this is a marvellous strategy that leads you to green and fertile pastures.

See also

daring, deviation, leaping*, openness*, opportunity


‘The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.’

Dale Carnegie

‘The more you reason the less you create.’

Raymond Chandler

‘One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.’

André Gide

‘The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.’

Dee Hock

‘These possibilities came not only from searching for something new, but also from unlearning or forgetting what had gone before. In that moment of emptiness, the mind is open to a new possibility.’

Michael Jones

‘The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.’

John Maynard Keynes

‘...a carefree letting go of oneself, not a caution, but a wise blindness.’

Rainer Maria Rilke

‘It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.’

Konrad Lorenz

‘Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.’

Gail Sheehy

‘They who plough the sea do not carry the winds in their hands.’

Publilius Syrus



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