Words will not fail when the matter is well considered.
There is nothing in the universe that I fear, but that I shall not know all my duty, or shall fail to do it.
All relationships change the brain – but most important are the intimate bonds that foster or fail us, altering the delicate circuits that shape memories, emotions and that ultimate souvenir, the self.
My egotistical concern was less that I would fail to relate to my classmates than that they would know nothing of my uniquely tortured life’s course and, thus, me.
The schools would fail through their silence, the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it.
No one can fail to see that the power of the Church among large numbers in many communities is today diminishing, or has already ceased.
But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall, and baffled, get up and begin again.
The vast majority of large scale change efforts fail. Which means that the probability that you have actually experienced a failure, and your people know that and are pessimistic, therefore, about trying something again, is very high.
Every child matters. If we fail our children, we are bound to fail our present, our future, faith, cultures, and civilisations as well.
Although strength should fail, the effort will deserve praise. In great enterprises the attempt is enough.