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Comment#  ·   Fair (36 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.

Leo Burnett, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (374 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.

Nicholas Murray Butler, in Science and Religion and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (123 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

Samuel Butler, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (58 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.

Arthur Calwell, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (327 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

Albert Camus, in Law and Politics and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (98 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you pray for rain, don't be surprised if you're struck by lightning.

Damien Cannon, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (403 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (289 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (611 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Most of life is choices, and the rest is pure dumb luck.

Marian Erickson, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (71 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

With every passing hour, our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress.

Ransom K. Ferm, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (254 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

If at first you don't succeed, try, and try again. Then give up. There's no sense in being a damned fool about it.

W. C. Fields, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (373 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you're strong enough, there are no precedents.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (729 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Henry Ford, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (881 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Whether you think that you can or that you can't, you are usually right.

Henry Ford, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (605 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Megan

To accomplish great things, you must not only act but also dream, not only dream but also believe.

Anatole France, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (291 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked throughout the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning, in Success and Failure

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Comment#  ·   Fair (343 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (1386 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve.

Robert Frost, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (370 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Robert F. Kennedy, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (1290 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999  · 

Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already.

Søren Kierkegaard, in Success and Failure

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