Notable Failures. History is full of examples. Creative and imaginative people are often not recognized by their contemporaries. Even more often, their abilities are not recognized by their teachers or employers. Albert Einstein.
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History is full of examples . . .
Einstein’s parents thought he was retarded. He spoke haltingly until he was nine, and after that he answered questions only after laboring in thought about them. He was advised by a teacher to drop out of high school.
“You’ll never amount to anything, Einstein”
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
-- Sir Isaac Newton
Every real creation of art is independent, more powerful than the artist himself and returns to the Divine through its manifestation. It is one with man only in this, that it bears testimony to the mediation of the Divine in him. - Beethoven, in a letter to Goethe
“We’re not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.”
-- Walt Disney
“I was often hungry, but never unhappy.”
-- Enrico Caruso
"I am convinced that nothing has so marked an influence on the direction of a man's mind as his appearance, and not his appearance itself so much as his conviction that it is attractive or unattractive."
At ten years of age, von Braun decided his goal in life would be to “help turn the wheel of time.”
Dr. Von Braun also worked with Disney Studios as a technical director for three television films about Space Exploration. Over the years, von Braun continued his work with Disney, hoping that Disney’s involvement would bring about greater public interest in the future of the space program.
When Richard E. Byrd contemplated the vast unexplored regions of the South Pole and the Antarctic, a land thought only to be bleak, barren, and forbidding to most, he saw a place of promise. Byrd envisioned a spot that “God had set aside as man’s future – an inexhaustible reservoir of natural resources.”
“There is no known circumstance in which it can be confirmed that microscopic beings came into the world without germs, without parents similar to themselves,” he concluded, in 1864.
“Chance favors the prepared mind.”
-- Louis Pasteur
He failed as a business man - as a storekeeper.
He failed as a farmer - he despised this work.
He failed in his first attempt to obtain political office.
When elected to the legislature, he failed when he sought the office of speaker.
He failed in his first attempt to go to Congress.
He failed when he sought the appointment to the United States Land Office.
He failed when he ran for the United States Senate.
He failed when friends sought for him the nomination for the Vice-Presidency in 1856
He was elected President.
Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!”
~Louisa May Alcott
"We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!"
Speech about Dunkirk given in House of Commons June 4, 1940.
“I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection.”
-- Charles Darwin
from The Origin of Species
Obstacles are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off the goal. -- Henry Ford
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not
using his intelligence; he is just using his memory. Leonardo da Vinci
I can do it again.”
"Money alone will not make you happy. Success without honor is an unseasoned dish. It will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good."
It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.