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February 07, 2010


David Bugher

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. – Beverly Sills

We should be the most radical people in the world. And why aren’t we? It’s fear, and very often its fear of what others think. If you learn more from your failures than you do from your success, shouldn’t you fail more than you succeed? - JohnStanko

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he falls, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Reward Excellent Failures; Punish Mediocre Successes. – Tom Peters

Success is 99 percent failure. - Honda Soichiro

No man ever achieved worthwhile success who did not at one time or other find himself with at least one foot hanging over the brink of failure. - Napoleon Hill

At 67, watching his lab burn to the ground, Thomas Edison said, "Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start again fresh." Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

There are no failures in life…only people who give up too soon. - ???

Fear of Failure might be Fatal. - ???

Procrastination is opportunity's natural assassin. - Victor Kiam

Procrastination is the fertilizer that makes difficulties grow. - ???

A pottery class was divided into 2 groups. Half would be graded strictly on quantity (by weight); half on quality (only one piece judged). There was much more quality in the first group. We believe it was because there were more attempts. The latter group spent too much time contemplating perfection. - David Bayles & Ted Orland - Art and fear: Observations on the Perils (and rewards) of Artmaking p29

"Far too noisy, my dear Mozart. Far too many notes." ---The Emperor Ferdinand after the first performance of The Marriage of Figaro

"If Beethoven's Seventh Symphony is not by some means abridged, it will soon fall into disuse." ---Philip Hale, Boston music critic, 1837

"Rembrandt is not to be compared in the painting of character with our extraordinarily gifted English artist Mr. Rippingille." ---John Hunt (1775-1848)

"Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant . . . utterly impossible." ---Simon Newcomb (1835-1909)

"We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on their way out." ---Decca Recording Company when turning down the Beatles in 1962

"You will never amount to very much." ---A Munich schoolmaster to Albert Einstein, aged ten

After his first screen test in 1933, a director said Fred Astaire, "Can't act. Slightly bald, Can dance a little." Astaire kept that memo over his fireplace in Beverly Hills.

Ray Kroc was a fairly unsuccessful marketer of restaurant equipment before he sold his first hamburger at age 52.

When Dick Clark's older brother was killed in WWII, he went into a shell. But listened to the radio to ease the pain and dreamed of hosting his own radio show.

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper for lacking ideas and went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.

Mark Wood

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
-- Henry Ford

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