Every man at some point in his life is going to lose a battle. He is going to fight and he is going to lose. But what makes him a man is at the midst of that battle he does not lose himself. This game is not over, this battle is not over.
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
So many fail because they don’t get started — they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin.
W. Clement Stone
I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.
So you think you’re a failure, do you? Well, you probably are. What’s wrong with that? In the first place, if you’ve any sense at all you must have learned by now that we pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free.
Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Everybody gets knocked down, How quick are you gonna’ get up?
The Hours, Ali In the Jungle
It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.
Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy - it won’t come out while you’re watching.
The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
When I’m not afraid to fail, I wont. When I’m not afraid to fall down, falling down won’t feel like failure. I have fallen down enough to get more comfortable with it, to know how productive it can be, how necessary it is to growth. Still, when I sense the ground beneath me giving way, I have to remind myself that it’s OK if I falter. I have to remind myself that it’s more than OK!
She says, You did just fine honey, that’s okay /
Sometimes life’s just that way /
You’re gonna lose the race from time to time /
But you’re always gonna find /
You can’t lose me /
Faith Hill, You Can’t Lose Me
For two weeks, I lay awake at night and said Hail Marys over and over to stop my heart from beating too fast. I suddenly realized how much being a husband was about fear: fear of not being able to keep somebody safe, of not being able to protect somebody from all the bad stuff you want to protect them from. Knowing they have more tears in them than you will be able to keep them from crying. I realized that Renee had seen me fail, and that she was the person I was going to be failing in front for the rest of my life. It was just a little failure, but it promised bigger failures to come. Additional ones, anyway. But that’s who your wife is, the person you fail in front of. Love it so confusing; there’s no peace of mind.
Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape
Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
Vincent van Gogh
Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
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