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Daemon
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Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

George Eliot (1819-1880)
Nisar Akhtar
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Failure is the first step towards struggle for success!
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Failure is just like your best friend: never far away from you… Hello, darling!
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We did our best but failed is better than not giving it a try. Applause
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A motivational variation of "better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."
I like it! :-)
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RoadRunner wrote:
We did our best but failed is better than not giving it a try. Applause
Bobby Angell
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"Never try never fail, that's my motto."
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Wagner Douglas
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 9:33:26 AM
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Excerpt from Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life. Book 2, Old and young, Volume 1 by George Eliot.
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failure is not an option if you are persistance
mudbudda669
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Drool
monamagda
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The quotation in context from: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 22 (1871-1872).

Dorothea speaking:

"You questioned me about the matter of fact, not of feeling," said Will. "But if you wish to punish me for the fact, I submit. I am not in a position to express my feeling toward Mr. Casaubon: it would be at best a pensioner's eulogy."

"Pray excuse me," said Dorothea, coloring deeply. "I am aware, as you say, that I am in fault in having introduced the subject. Indeed, I am wrong altogether. Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure."

"I quite agree with you," said Will, determined to change the situation—"so much so that I have made up my mind not to run that risk of never attaining a failure. Mr. Casaubon's generosity has perhaps been dangerous to me, and I mean to renounce the liberty it has given me. I mean to go back to England shortly and work my own way—depend on nobody else than myself."

(Comment: One of the most remarkable elements of Middlemarch is George Eliot's careful portrayal of contradictions within the human character.)

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/145/145-h/145-h.htm#chap22
Virginia Lathan
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I always thought I had a green thumb. I grew houseplants that were enviable, and had a flower garden that even folks with no interest in flowers would stop to admire when they passed my house. But one day I decided to set up a terrarium in a 30-gallon glass tank to become the centerpiece of my living room. I put all kinds of attractive plants in it. But they died much faster than what I thought they should. So I replaced them, just knowing that the next time the power of my green thumb would kick in and the new plants would thrive the way they should. Didn’t happen. I replaced them seven times—which cost me lots of money. So the eighth time I did my research on the Net and did everything that the experts recommended. They still died. But one day I was out shopping, and I ran across these beautiful artificial plants. Before this time I was completely against resorting to using artificial plants in the terrarium. It seemed too much like giving up. But these plants were just too pretty to pass up, so I bought them and used them to create an outstanding plant arrangement. My terrarium has never been more beautiful. So, I guess I truly appreciate my perseverance and the strength that comes from holding steadfast even when you fail. But I also recognize that sometimes to get what you really want, there comes a point when you have to "know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, and know when to walk away." (Kenny Rodgers)
Verbatim
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Daemon wrote:
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

George Eliot (1819-1880)


Long perseverance will do that to failure--make it dignified, while lack of striving can't even be called a failure.
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She seems to always had something good to say.
Verbatim
Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015 11:26:54 PM
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Verbatim wrote:
Daemon wrote:
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

George Eliot (1819-1880)


Long perseverance will do that to failure--make it dignified, while lack of striving can't even be called a failure.


On second thought, much depends on the object of perseverance, lest it becomes diabolical. Errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum.
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