Frankly, I think this makes for a great thought as we begin to formulate our New Year’s resolutions:
[T]he ancients knew something which we seem to have forgotten. All means prove but a blunt instrument, if they have not behind them a living spirit. But if the longing for the achievement of the goal is powerfully alive within us, then shall we not lack the strength to find the means for reaching the goal and for translating it into deeds.
— Albert Einstein
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