So today I received an email from my favourite statistician in the world, who has taught me very much. In it he had – very intuitively – sent me a quote that I loved so much and thought it was so well timed with the current hiatus, that I just had to share it:
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
— W.N. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
He did also confuse me completely by saying that “this is perhaps in some respects an artistic analogy of the Schrödinger’s cat thought experiment ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger’s_cat )” <- which I simply don’t understand, but am not statistician.
Anyway, hope that gave people some courage!