"Every great movement in the annals of history," said Emerson, "is the triumph of enthusiasm." It is derived, that magic name, from two Greek words: "en" meaning "in" and "theos" meaning "God." Enthusiasm is literally "God in us."
There's always a good crop of feed for thought. What we need is enough enthusiasm to harvest it.
Enthusiasm is the propelling force necessary for climbing the ladder of success.
Oh, you gotta have a glory in the thing you do; Oh, you gotta have that somethin' that thrills you through & through. Cookin' taters, washin' clothes, or blowing baby's nose; You need that certain somethin' that will see you through! It is not doing the things we like that makes life happy; it is learning to like the things we have to do.
Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, & truth accomplishes no victories without it.
The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, & Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day in his figures. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration.
Enthusiasm & persistence can make an average person superior; indifference & lethargy can make a superior person average.
Enthusiasm is the all-essential human jet propellant. It is the driving force which elevates men to miracle workers. It begets boldness, courage; kindles confidence; overcomes doubts. It creates endless energy, the source of all accomplishment.
All through the ages the most worthy characters have been those who were dynamically enthusiastic over some definite aim & end. Enthusiasm is the propelling force that is necessary for climbing the ladder of success. The young man who is afraid to manifest enthusiasm lest his dignity suffer is not likely to have much dignity to lose by & by.
Both enthusiasm & pessimism are contagious. If it's not worth putting everything you've got into it, it's not worth doing it! Which one do you spread?