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Quotes of the Day for 4 December 2001 – Failure

Part of this job involves sorting through "bounce messages," those delightful messages generated by distant mail servers telling me that part of my mailing was a failure. Yesterday I had a huge pile to wade through for various reasons. The server at bellsouth.net decided that all of our subscribers there were "user unknown." (I didn't believe them.) The notable failure Excite@home.com, after closing last Friday by order of the bankruptcy court, disabled all of AT&T's home.com subscribers. (I changed them all from @home.com to @attbi.com, which will work for most of them.) And then there were the censoring mail servers that decided yesterday's issue wasn't suitable for their users. (Joseph Conrad quotes were used, and I mentioned three of his novels by title, including one that used a now-deprecated term for a black person that starts with an "N.") Lots of failures, hence today's theme.

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The quotes:

It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression.
     - Eric Hoffer

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
     - Winston Churchill

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
     - Mary Pickford

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.
     - Samuel Smiles

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
     - Herbert Kaufman

Failure is usually the line of least persistence.
     - Wilfred Beaver


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