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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 decided that all of our subscribers there were "user unknown." (I didn't believe them.) The notable failure, after closing last Friday by order of the bankruptcy court, disabled all of AT&T's subscribers. (I changed them all from to, 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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