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There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life. Moreover, when we have an alibi for not writing a book, painting a picture, and so on, we have an alibi for not writing the greatest book and not painting the greatest picture. Small wonder that the effort expended and the punishment endured in obtaining a good alibi often exceed the effort and grief requisite for the attainment of a most marked achievement.
The Passionate State Of Mind, and Other Aphorisms (1955) Section 181
Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
The Plain Speaker (1826) "Whether Genius is Conscious of its Powers?"
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