Showing posts with label failure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label failure. Show all posts

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Post #1474

Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital.
—Daniel Webster

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Post #1318

A lowly man cannot have a high or heavy fall.
—Publilius Syrus

Monday, July 15, 2013

Post #1296

Those that have done nothing in life, are not qualified to judge of those that have done little.
—Samuel Johnson

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Post #1087

Being defeated is often a temporary situation. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
—Marilyn vos Savant

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Post #1073

Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.
Paul Meyer

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Post #989

When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits; on his manhood; he has gained the facts; learned his ignorance; is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Post #902 - the man in the arena.

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
—Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Post #820

Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it's only kept a secret from the person who fails.
—Robert Half

Monday, March 07, 2011

Post #521

One more such victory and we are undone.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Post #425

Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.
—Sir Bayle Roche

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Post #295

Failure is success if we learn from it.
—Malcolm Forbes

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Post #244

Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
—Muhammad Ali

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Post #230

Thought is born of failure.
—Lancelot Law Whyte

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Post #84

Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones.
—Chinese Proverb

The Penalty of Leadership

In every field of human endeavor, he that is first must perpetually live in the white light of publicity. Whether the leadership be vested in a man or in a manufactured product, emulation and envy are ever at work. In art, in literature, in music, in industry, the reward and the punishment are always the same. The reward is widespread recognition; the punishment, fierce denial and detraction. When a man’s work becomes a standard for the whole world, it also becomes a target for the shafts of the envious few. If his work be mediocre, he will be left severely alone – if he achieve a masterpiece, it will set a million tongues a -wagging. Jealousy does not protrude its forked tongue at the artist who produces a commonplace painting. Whatsoever you write, or paint, or play, or sing, or build, no one will strive to surpass or to slander you unless your work be stamped with the seal of genius. Long, long after a great work or a good work has been done, those who are disappointed or envious, continue to cry out that it cannot be done. Spiteful little voices in the domain of art were raised against our own Whistler as a mountebank, long after the big world had acclaimed him its greatest artistic genius. Multitudes flocked to Bayreuth to worship at the musical shrine of Wagner, while the little group of those whom he had dethroned and displaced argued angrily that he was no musician at all. The little world continued to protest that Fulton could never build a steamboat, while the big world flocked to the river banks to see his boat steam by. The leader is assailed because he is a leader, and the effort to equal him is merely added proof of that leadership. Failing to equal or to excel, the follower seeks to depreciate and to destroy – but only confirms once more the superiority of that which he strives to supplant. There is nothing new in this. It is as old as the world and as old as human passions – envy, fear, greed, ambition, and the desire to surpass. And it all avails nothing. If the leader truly leads, he remains – the leader. Master-poet, master-painter, master-workman, each in his turn is assailed, and each holds his laurels through the ages. That which is good or great makes itself known, no matter how loud the clamor of denial. That which deserves to live — lives.
written by Theodore F. MacManus

A deadly viper once bit a hole snipe's hide; But 'twas the viper, not the snipe, that died.

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