American Consequences - June 2019

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Failure is not an option. Gene Kranz, flight director of NASA’s Gemini and Apollo space missions There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat. T. E. Lawrence, Revolt in the Desert Goodness is the only investment that never fails. Henry David Thoreau, Walden Didst thou never hear that things ill got had ever bad success? William Shakespeare, Henry VI Part III Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. Mark Twain, Pudd’nheadWilson If you are mediocre and you grovel, you shall succeed. PierredeBeaumarchais, TheMarriageof Figaro When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends. Aristophanes, The Knights Better to go down dignified With boughten friendship at your side Than none at all. Provide, provide! Robert Frost, “Provide, Provide” God must love the poor, he made so many of them. Attributed to Abraham Lincoln

The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings. Robert Lewis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses You’ve got nothing to worry about. Either you’re healthy or you’re sick. If you’re healthy you’ve got nothing to worry about. If you’re sick you’ve got only two things to worry about. Either you get well or you get worse. If you get well you’ve got nothing to worry about. If you get worse you’ve got only two things to worry about. Either you live or you die. If you live you’ve got nothing to worry about. If you die you’ve got only two things to worry about. Either you go to heaven or you go to hell. If you go to heaven you’ve got nothing to worry about. If you go to hell you’ll be so busy shaking hands you won’t have time to worry! Office “Mimeograph Humor” circa 1967

Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Reply to a reporter’s question on his 90th birthday

There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life. Thomas Huxley, On Medical Education

Most progress is most failure. Robert Browning, “Cleon”

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