"You can't be afraid of failure and you can't be afraid of success, because either one gets in the way of your work."
"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."Dave Van Ronk on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Dave Van Ronk 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."Dave Van Ronk on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Dave Van Ronk 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."Dave Van Ronk on Steve Jobs
"Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from 1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz."
"They basically said that if I didn't show up for school they'd mark me present, they wouldn't send the truant officer after me. At 16 I enrolled in something called continuing education. Once a month I'd go out to Jamaica, but I didn't take it seriously."
"Honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone - and hurt them to the bone - you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time."