Samuel Johnson quote about trying from The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia - Nothing . . . will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.
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Nothing . . . will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.
 Samuel Johnson, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (1759). copy citation

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“I have been told that respiration is difficult upon lofty mountains, yet from these precipices, though so high as to produce great tenuity of air, it is very easy to fall; therefore I suspect that from any height where life can be supported, there may be danger of too quick descent.»
«Nothing,» replied the artist, «will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. If you will favour my project, I will try the first flight at my own hazard. I have considered the structure of all volant animals, and find the folding continuity of the bat's wings most easily accommodated to the human form.” source

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