"I believe my publisher has shown a great deal of faith in me over a lot of years but I'm not prepared to be so arrogant to say that the long-term literary value of my work would compensate them for a financial failure."
"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."Andrew Vachss on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Andrew Vachss 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."Andrew Vachss on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Andrew Vachss 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."Andrew Vachss on Steve Jobs
"A kid in an abusive home has far fewer rights than any POW. There is no Geneva Convention for kids."