Posted by: Thomas | January 21, 2011

Thinking is hard, acting is difficult

Today I came across a wonderful saying by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a German writer who was considered the supreme genius of modern German literature, that says:
“Thinking is hard, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This particular saying made me think about how many thoughts cross human’s mind, and how much we day dream about, but only a few of those thoughts we put into action, which sometimes we should be grateful for because acting without proper thinking and analysis might lead to unsuccessful plans and misfortune. Well, we all probably know that there is a time for thinking and time for action. Anyway, this quote is so true; it is indeed the most difficult thing in the world to put one’s thoughts into action. Maybe because sometimes we feel lazy to do something, or scared of failure, or simply because our mood or emotions are holding us back.
But as Chinese proverb says “even the biggest journey starts with a single small step”. We should be honest to ourselves, focus on what we want to accomplish in our lives, resolve issues that are holding us back from being successful or that are preventing us of accomplishing what we want in our lives, and take that first step to solve our problems and whatever issues we might have in the same way as we would solve any other business problem or issue, with critical analysis and proper creative out of box thinking.



  1. Hi Thomas–
    This quote is erroneous; Goethe in fact said just the opposite. Please see an online discussion I posted some time ago for details. It’s titled “Thinking Is Hard. No, Thinking Is Easy!” If you google my name and “goethe” or the title of the article, it will come up. Thank you, and please correct.
    Cicily Corbett

    • Thank you Cicily for pointing this out. I have corrected the quote. Indeed thinking is hard …

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