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Mark Van Doren Quotes and Sayings

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To fail to love is not to exist at all.
- Mark Van Doren

Bring ideas in and entertain them royally,
for one of them may be the king.
- Mark Van Doren

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
- Mark Van Doren

Nothing in man is more serious than his sense of humor;
it is the sign that he wants all the truth.
- Mark Van Doren

 

The job of the poet is to render the world -
to see it and report it without loss,
without perversion.
No poet ever talks about feelings.
Only sentimental people do.
- Mark Van Doren

Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.
- Mark Van Doren

When it aims to express a love of the world it refuses
to conceal the many reasons why the world is hard to love,
though we must love it because we have no other,
and to fail to love it is not to exist at all.
- Mark Van Doren

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Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy PHOTO

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
- Samuel Beckett

All that is necessary to break the spell
of inertia and frustration is this:
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

The probability that we may fail
in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
- Abraham Lincoln

It's not necessary to fear the prospect of failure
but to be determined not to fail.
- Jimmy Carter

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

A bend in the road is not the end of the road
unless you fail to make the turn.
- Anonymous

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

You may be disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if you don't try.
- Beverly Sills

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
- Robert H. Schuller

Only aim to do your duty,
and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
- Thomas Jefferson

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
- Anonymous

Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals,
that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Failing to plan is planning to fail.
- Anonymous

There may be times when we are powerless
to prevent injustice, but there must never
be a time when we fail to protest.
- Elie Wiesel

Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
- John Wooden

You ARE what you do - and what you fail to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

Pain is what the world inflicts upon us.
Suffering is our emotional reaction when we fail
to make the difficult conscious choice to choose Joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Can you achieve your goals?
You can't reach your goal if you haven't
defined your goals.
And you can't succeed if you don't try -
and then pick yourself up
and try again each time you fail.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled or torn?
What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled
in the dirt once or twice.
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a process of becoming,
a combination of states we have to go through.
Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state
and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
- Anais Nin

Study nature, love nature,
stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Where words fail, music speaks.
- Hans Christian Andersen

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know
what not to do the next time.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

Whenever I fail as a father or husband...
a toy and a diamond always works.
- Shahrukh Khan

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The crops were planted, tended, and harvested -
now the ground lies fallow, awaiting the new planting.
Did the year fail? I think not.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's not enough that I should succeed -
others should fail.
- David Merrick

When you fail you learn from the mistakes you made
and it motivates you to work even harder.
- Natalie Gulbis

Those that fail to learn from history
are doomed to repeat it.
- Winston Churchill

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
- Robert H. Schuller

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize
that it may be a very rare and indispensable thing.
- James Harvey Robinson

We will not bend or fail until the blood of every last
Jew from the youngest child to the oldest elder is
spilt to redeem our land!
- Yasser Arafat

So many fail because they don't get started -
they don't go.
They don't overcome inertia.
They don't begin.
- Ben Stein

I've never been afraid to fail.
- Michael Jordan

I think IT projects are about supporting social systems-about
communications between people and machines.
They tend to fail due to cultural issues.
- Tim Berners-Lee

The best subjects are always people,
who never fail to amaze me by their unpredictability.
- Ronnie James Dio

Remember the two benefits of failure.
First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work;
and second,
the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.
- Roger von Oech

Think like a queen.
A queen is not afraid to fail.
Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.
- Oprah Winfrey

If you fail the first time that's just a chance to start over again.
- Lenny Wilkens

It takes a lot more energy to fail than to succeed,
since it takes a lot of concentrated energy to hold
on to beliefs that don't work.
- Jerry Gillies

That's why I believe that we must never fail to affirm
that we are indeed one nation under God.
- Lee Greenwood

Every single time I start to do a picture,
without fail, I feel as if I don't know what I'm doing.
- Tom Cruise

I still feel like I gotta prove something.
There are a lot of people hoping I fail.
But I like that.
I need to be hated.
- Howard Stern

An appeal to the reason of the people has never been
known to fail in the long run.
- James Russell Lowell

Beyond this day, no thinking person could fail to see what would happen.
- Oskar Schindler

We make the oldest stories new when we succeed,
and we are trapped by the old stories when we fail.
- Greil Marcus

You fail only if you stop writing.
- Ray Bradbury

Most of the time you will fail, but you will also occasionally succeed.
Those occasional successes make all the hard work and sacrifice worthwhile.
- Dean Kamen

Failure is the most terrible thing in our business.
When we fail, the whole world knows about it.
- Desi Arnaz

Being a husband is a whole-time job.
That is why so many husbands fail.
They cannot give their entire attention to it.
- Arnold Bennett

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event.
You don't fail overnight.
Instead, failure is a few errors in judgement,
repeated every day.
- Jim Rohn

For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on.
We act, or fail to act, not because of will,
as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.
- Maxwell Maltz

It is not a disgrace to fail.
Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.
- Charles Kettering

Words will not fail when the matter is well considered.
- Horace


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