"The success or failure of a life, as far as posterity goes, seems to lie in the more or less luck of seizing the right moment of escape."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Alice James on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Alice James on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Alice James on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Alice James on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Alice James on Steve Jobs
"One has a greater sense of degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience."
"How sick one gets of being 'good,' how much I should respect myself if I could burst out and make everyone wretched for twenty-four hours embody selfishness."