Defeats are more challenging than victories.

October 15, 2017


Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Havana, Cuba, 1962

“No se vive celebrando victorias, sino superando derrotas.” *
* “Live your life not celebrating victories, but overcoming defeats.”

Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Argentine physician and revolutionary (1928-1967)

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Clinging to success

September 17, 2017

ca. 1900, Illiers-Combray, France — French writer Marcel Proust — Image by © Sygma/Corbis

“There is no easy success, nor definitive failures.”

Marcel Proust, French writer (1871-1922)

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The worst of failures is not to try.

July 30, 2017


George Edward Woodberry

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”

George Edward Woodberry, American literary critic and poet (1855-1930)

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Take your courage in your… fingers! Your turn to move and you play white.

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Just dare it!

June 18, 2017


Friedrich Nietzsche circa 1875, by F. Hartmann in Basel (public domain)

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“Man vergilt einem Lehrer schlecht, wenn man immer nur der Schüler bleibt. Und warum wollt ihr nicht an meinem Kranze rupfen?”

(Ecce Homo, Vorwort, 1888)

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One repays a teacher poorly if one always remains only a student. And why would you not pluck at my wreath?

(Ecce Homo, Foreword, 1888)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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