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Re: Reach exceeds his grasp

Posted by Bob on May 17, 2007

In Reply to: Reach exceeds his grasp posted by Matt Rishton on May 17, 2007

: What is the meaning/origin of the phrase:

: (his) "reach exceeds his grasp"?

"Ah but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for?"
It's from Browning, and it's a call to attemptthe impossible, the unlikely, the more-than-you're-comfortable-with. The attempt will allow you to gain the most. Don't settle for what's easily attainable.