Even if the last move did not succeed, the inner command says move again.
I wouldn’t go so far to say that destiny preserves me. I managed to survive and to succeed.
When I was a teenager, just about the only thing I could do right was play music. In my graduating class, I was certainly not voted ‘Most Literary Boy.’ I can assure you I was not voted ‘Mostly Likely to Succeed.’ I was voted ‘Most Musical Boy.’ And the music led to the poetry.
We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
Affairs that depend on many rarely succeed.
When I heard that there were artists, I wished I could some time be one. If I could only make a rose bloom on paper, I thought I should be happy! Or if I could at last succeed in drawing the outline of winter-stripped boughs as I saw them against the sky, it seemed to me that I should be willing to spend years in trying.
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
They succeed, because they think they can.
Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish, which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes; but at the same time, so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self.
Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.