"Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God."
"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."Charles Horton Cooley on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Charles Horton Cooley 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."Charles Horton Cooley on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Charles Horton Cooley 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."Charles Horton Cooley on Steve Jobs
"An artist cannot fail it is a success to be one."
"Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also."
"Institutions - government, churches, industries, and the like - have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction."
"So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational."
"Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom."