Goethe on getting stuck, 1

When anything comes to a standstill,
one never knows
if it is our own fault,
or that of the matter at hand.

Wenn etwas ins Stocken gerät,
so weiß man immer nicht,
ob die Schuld an uns
oder an der Sache liegt.

-Letter to Zelter, May 7, 1807
Translation by Goethe Global based on translation by A.D. Coleridge.

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