failure

It feels like a moment I’ve lived a thousand times before, as if everything is familiar, right up to the moment of my death, that it will happen again an infinite number of times, that we will meet, marry, have our children, succeed in the ways we have, fail in the ways we have, all exactly the same, always unable to change a thing. I am again at the bottom of an unstoppable wheel, and when I feel my eyes close for death, as they have and will a thousand times, I awake.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

For how long could we fail until we surrendered?

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.

John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

I can’t tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.

Ed Sheeran

Men love to blame demons when their grand plans unravel.

Tywin Lannister, Game Of Thrones

There’s no success like failure, and failure’s no success at all.

Bob Dylan

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