The other afternoon I ambled South-ish from my Prenzlauer Berg homestead towards Mitte, or middle. Though drenched in sweat before I even made it out of the stairwell, I braved the 80% humidity (wha? why? wha? whaaaa?) and headed into town. I found myself amongst the museums and galleries of Museuminsel (Museum Island), a little blop of land in the middle of the river Spree. I meandered a bit and ended up at a little flea market lining the banks of the water. I looked up to find a plaque, nearly hidden from sight, stating that Henrik Abel (of Abel Prize fame, and a helluva mathematician) had lived there for 2 years in Berlin. I snapped a quick photo for Ban and moved on down the lane, browsing the huge amount of Russian communist memorabilia and super-acid-washed jeans (note to hipsters- ironic 80's/90's wear is in ABUNDANCE here!), as well as DDR-era bicycles and books. The market ended as the narrow lane did, and under one of the stalls I spied the above Nietzsche quote, in German:
Aim for the moon- even if you miss, you're still amongst the stars.
But, upon Googling it, it says Les Brown says it. So who knows. Second-hand quotes?