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  • I had always assumed we had an unspoken understanding about these things: that she didn't really mean I was a failure, and I really meant I would try to respect her opinions more. But listening to Auntie Lin tonight reminds me once agian: My mother and I never really understood one another. We translated each other's meanings and I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more. No doubt she told Auntie Lin I was going back to school to get a doctorate.
    (Amy Tan, "The Joy Luck Club")
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  • Independent women must expect more of themselves, since neither men nor other more conventionally domesticated women will hope for anything, or expect any result other than utter failure.
    (A.S. Byatt, "Possession")
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  • For it is the dawn that has come, as it has come for a thousand centuries, never failing.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")
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  • History is repeating itself because the calls for military protection for the state media were not heeded. Cte d'Ivoire's state media have again fallen into the hands of the proponents of violence, and no time should be lost in taking energetic measures. The installations of RTI and RCI should be made secure or, failing that, they should be taken off the air.
    (Reporters Borders)
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  • When we set high expectations for people we usually get disappointed and set them up for failure, it is best to accept them as they are and encourage them to reach their full potential.
    (Debra Roberts)
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  • Death gives advance notice of his arrival to take you notice in the form of grey hair, falling teeth, failing vision, folding of the skin etc.
    (Sathya Baba)
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  • If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
    (Bill Cosby)
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  • Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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  • We are not keen to punish people, we are keen to solve the situation and we need to get the elections in place so that people can decide on who runs the country, ... If we find that we have sanctions in place, then we would see this as a failure.
    (Mosiuoa Lekota)
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  • His big failing is that he hasn't provided the Fed with a replicable method of re-creating Alan Greenspan. He hasn't left behind an institutional framework that will guide his successor.
    (Allan Meltzer)
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  • The man without a chin, no stamina, dead man, broken man, whatever. On your way to the top, you always get some criticism. Criticism is a great motivation. Failure is not an option to me.
    (Wladimir Klitschko)
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  • Given the huge nature (of the disaster), it is inevitable there would be areas of failure. There are a lot of areas we can look and say could have been done better. But if we look at the overall dimensions of the thing, we have to cut some people some slack.
    (Bob Bennett)
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  • Failure and success are not accidents, but the strictest justice.
    (Alexander Smith)
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  • I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.
    (Reggie Jackson)
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  • Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.
    (Ben Stein)
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