28 January, 2021

Kitty Hawk Eyes

Vision, venture, persistence—any day, they surpass wealth and talent

Nilotpal Baruah
Kitty Hawk Eyes

Dear Young Friends: It was Goethe,   the German poet, who said, “Dare to dream and begin it! Boldness has genius and magic to it!” It is not enough to dream, it is not sufficient to have a vision. Your vision must be combined with venture. When that vital force accumulates, you take that final step from knowing to doing. No matter how much knowledge you have gathered in your schools and colleges, it is only when you swing your whole being into that one final act will you move from imbecility to fruitfulness. Many a genius, lacking this, lacks all. The poet Campbell said that “a man accustomed to work was equal to any achievement he resolved on, and that for himself, necessity, not inspiration was the prompter of his muse”.

But to take that plunge into action you need lots of optimism—inextinguishable optimism. Optimism in the country, optimism in friendship, in people, and in your own beliefs—in spite of gloom and overwhelming odds around you. Yes, I repeat, in spite of corruption, despite...



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