Goethe on action, 2

Some people knock about
on the wall with their hammer
and believe that they hit
the nail on the head every time.

Mancher klopft mit dem Hammer
an der Wand herum
und glaubt, er treffe jedesmal
den Nagel auf den Kopf.

-Maxims and reflections, No. 101
Translation by Goethe Global.

No. 3209

Goethe on action, 1

To act is easy, to think is hard;
to act according to our thought
is uncomfortable.

Handeln ist leicht, Denken schwer;
nach dem Gedachten handeln unbequem.

-Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, Book 7, Chap 9
Translation by Goethe Global

No, 3198