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Daemon
Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM
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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Xeslaster
Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 2:40:15 AM
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Another good quote - Because without enthusiasm, there is no "drive" behind whatever it is that you're doing. If you lack passion in your endeavors, how should you ever be creative enough to have something to be considered great?
IgnorantOne
Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 3:42:03 AM
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Very true. Yet, so difficult to sustain enthusiasm (especially within a flux of failures) and even more so to kick start it.

Most truths seem bitter. Yet again, no pain, no gain.
pedro
Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 6:03:46 AM
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Does anybody know where this quote comes from? In times prior to Emerson's 'enthusiasm' would have meant something like 'a vain or unfounded confidence in divine favor or communication.' (This usage comes from John Locke's essay concerning human understanding late 17th century). Is Emerson suggesting that you need an irrational belief that you are going to discover something important in order to sustain your quest for truth?
MarySM
Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 9:06:52 AM
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Interesting point, Pedro. However, I would argue that nothing great was ever achieved without a level of belief that many would consider irrational.
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 10:43:16 AM
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To Pedro: The quote seems to me to *not* contain the deeper implications that you are suggesting.
I think Emerson means it just as he is saying it--and I personally agree that to aspire to *anything*
one must have enthusiasm. Realizing that--as with all things--that when difficulties and obstacles
litter and block one's path, that *perseverance* requires the *enthusiasm* of the dream to sustain
the reality that brings it into existence.
excaelis
Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 2:28:13 PM

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@ Pedro; There is no specific source for this one, it is rather an attribution, so may or may not actually be Emerson.
karkuss
Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 10:59:53 PM
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Enthusiasm is from the holiest of all places,it comes from a place no one has been. And is shines to the soul of man so he can see what is to be of him. If a beam of its grandness is blocked then the greatness will be harder to achieve. i so believe.
rainman
Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 9:53:35 AM
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"I've learned that depression is merely anger without enthusiasm" (unknown)

It seems that enthusiasm may be a prerequisite for multiple states?
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Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:32:06 PM
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rainman wrote:
"I've learned that depression is merely anger without enthusiasm" (unknown)


Good one!
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