"No failure in America, whether of love or money, is ever simple it is always a kind of betrayal, of a mass of shadowy, shared hopes."
"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."Greil Marcus on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Greil Marcus 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."Greil Marcus on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Greil Marcus 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."Greil Marcus on Steve Jobs
"Patriotism in America, as I understand it, is a matter of suffering, when the country fails to live up to its promises, or actively betrays them."