„I hereby declare you Generation A, as much as the beginning of a series of astonishing triumphs and failures as Adam and Eve were so long ago“
Generation A (2009)
Kontext: Now you young twerps want a new name for your generation? Probably not, you just want jobs, right? Well, the media might do us all such tremendous favours when they call you Generation X, right? Two clicks from the very end of the alphabet. I hereby declare you Generation A, as much as the beginning of a series of astonishing triumphs and failures as Adam and Eve were so long ago. -- Kurt Vonnegut, Syracuse University commencement address, May 8 1994 [Source of the book's title]
„Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. Do not mistake a child for his symptom.“
— Erik H. Erikson, kniha Childhood and Society
Childhood and Society (1950)
„So long as you refuse to ever acknowledge failure, success becomes eternal, a downward curve, always approaching failure, but never quite reaching it.“
— John Hodgman, kniha The Areas of My Expertise
September 11, 2007
The Areas of My Expertise (2005), Appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Zdroj: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
„It is not a disaster to discover that you are not the person you assumed you were. To the contrary, it is the beginning of the end of disaster. Experiment: How you feel if you were neither a success or failure in life? How would you feel if you were neither popular nor unwanted?“
— Vernon Howard American writer 1918 - 1992
Esoteric Mind Power
— C. A. R. Hoare British computer scientist 1934
The Emperor's Old Clothes
— Larry Ellison American internet entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist 1944
Evan Elite : Lesson #4: Break Through That Wall http://www.evancarmichael.com/Famous-Entrepreneurs/649/Lesson-4-Break-Through-That-Wall.html.
— Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947
„Our triumphs seem hollow unless we have friends to share them, and our failures are made bearable by their understanding.“
— James Rachels, kniha The Elements of Moral Philosophy
The Elements of Moral Philosophy (1999), p. 183
„A soldier's life in combat is an endless series of decisions that mean success or failure, and perhaps life or death for himself or his comrades.“
— Mark W. Clark American general 1896 - 1984
Zdroj: Calculated Risk (1950), p. 1
Kontext: A soldier's life in combat is an endless series of decisions that mean success or failure, and perhaps life or death for himself or his comrades. The rifleman crawling through the rubble of a bombed-out street must decide on the best moment to escape enemy fire as he dodges from one doorway to the next. He must take a chance. The general seeking to break an enemy defense line and destroy his forces must decide just when and how to strike and precisely to what extent he dare weaken one sector of his front in order to mass overpowering strength at the main point of attack. He, too, must take a chance, although, in the stilted phraseology of military communiqués, he calls it a "calculated risk".
— George Eliot, kniha Middlemarch
„Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.“
— Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930
Zdroj: The Thomas Sowell Reader, New York: NY, Basic Books (2011) p. 144, Forbes magazine, "The survival of the left" (Sept. 8, 1997)
„Hold up your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward with a joyful confidence.“
— George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880
„With engineering, I view this year's failure as next year's opportunity to try it again. Failures are not something to be avoided. You want to have them happen as quickly as you can so you can make progress rapidly.“
— Gordon Moore American businessman, co-founder of Intel and author of the eponym law 1929
[Laura Schmitt, 2000, May, An interview with Gordon Moore, Ingenuity, 5, 2, http://www.ece.uiuc.edu/ingenuity/500/mooreint.html, 2006-11-06]
„Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.“
— Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life
1900s, The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses (1900), The Strenuous Life
Varianta: Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
„In war-time, failure to lie is negligence, the doubting of a lie a misdemeanour, the declaration of the truth a crime.“
— Arthur Ponsonby British Liberal and later Labour politician and pacifist 1871 - 1946
Falsehood in Wartime (1928), Introduction
Kontext: Between nations, where the consequences are vital, where the destiny of countries and provinces hangs in the balance, the lives and fortunes of millions are affected and civilization itself is menaced, the most upright men honestly believe that there is no depth of duplicity to which they may not legitimately stoop. They have got to do it. The thing cannot go on without the help of lies.
This is no plea that lies should not be used in war-time, but a demonstration of how lies must be used in war-time. If the truth were told from the outset, there would be no reason and no will for war.
Anyone declaring the truth: "Whether you are right or wrong, whether you win or lose, in no circumstances can war help you or your country," would find himself in gaol very quickly. In war-time, failure to lie is negligence, the doubting of a lie a misdemeanour, the declaration of the truth a crime.
„There is so much uncertainty in cricket. One day you can get a hundred, the next day you can be dismissed for a zero. It makes you become practical about things. Teaches you to accept both success and failure. I think I have learnt a lot about life from cricket.“
— Mahela Jayawardene Former Sri Lankan cricketer 1977
Quoted in S. Dinakar, " I have learnt a lot about life from cricket http://www.hinduonnet.com/tss/tss2438/24380360.htm," Sport Star, vol. 24, no. 38 (2001-09-22).
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
— Gordon Ramsay British chef, writer and TV presenter 1966