“Ever tried, Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better”
— Samuel Beckett Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett (1906 – 1989) was an Irish playwright and novelist, probably best known for “Waiting for Godot”.
Even though the admonishment to ‘fail better’ kind of leaves me scratching my head a bit, I like the quote. It has, oddly, become a relatively popular motivational meme in recent years – odd because the work it came out of – “Worstward Ho” – is not really known for its relentless optimism – nor are any of Beckett’s other works, to be totally honest.
In fact, taken fully in context, the quote is far from inspirational (but that is true of most of the inspirational quotes that I’ve seen – put them back in their original home, and they are often significantly less than inspiring). The first two sentences of that line are “All of…
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