— Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist 1937
„Great achievers are driven, not so much by the pursuit of success, but by the fear of failure.“
„No one with a happy childhood ever amounts to much in this world. They are so well adjusted, they never are driven to achieve anything.“
— Sue Grafton American writer 1940
New York Times, p. C10 (August 4, 1994)
— Coco Chanel French fashion designer 1883 - 1971
As quoted in Believing in Ourselves (1992) by Armand Eisen, p. 15
— Soichiro Honda Japanese businessman 1906 - 1991
„The line between failure and success is so fine... that we are often on the line and do not know it.“
— Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915
— Masashi Kishimoto Japanese manga artist 1974
— Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously... I'm Kidding
— John Flanagan, The Battle for Skandia
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
— Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002
— Peter Stibrany Canadian aerospace engineer 1959
Conference paper https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264346445_The_Microsat_Way_in_Canada%5D Stibrany, P. and Carroll, K.A., "The Microsat Way in Canada," in Proc. ASTRO 2000 - 11th CASI Conference on Astronautics, Ottawa, Canada, 6-9 Nov. 2000. The quote is a play on the title of Gene Kranz's autobiography, "Failure Is Not An Option". (See the Discussion page for further contextual information.) The quote gained immediate currency within the MOST https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOST_(satellite) development team. It started to spread when one of the MOST team members, Henry Spencer (one of the fathers of the open-source movement, a well-known long-time contributor to the sci.space newsgroups, and also MOST's Software Architect) began using this quote as his Usenet newsgroups .sig ( this being one example https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/sci.space.history/Sl54b83g0jk%5B1-25%5D). The quote has gained wider currency since then, for example in this 2005 blog post by Rand Simberg. http://www.transterrestrial.com/archives/005132.html More recently, the quote has been stated numerous times by Chris Lewicki, the CEO of the asteroid mining company Planetary Resources https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_Resources (e.g., here https://singularityhub.com/2017/08/17/space-startups-see-a-future-when-millions-of-people-live-and-work-in-space/?utm_content=buffer52ee3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter-su&utm_campaign=buffer), as well as by that company's Chairman, Peter Diamandis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_diamandis (e.g., here http://www.diamandis.com/blog/entrepreneurs-not-government-drive-innovation-heres-why), with others subsequently requoting them, such as here http://www.diamandis.com/blog/entrepreneurs-not-government-drive-innovation-heres-why and here http://vladdit.com/exponential-wisdom-episode-15-notes-driving-innovation/.
„Working at Perfekt,
Got me down on my knees.
Success to failure,
Just a matter of degrees.
Working at Perfekt,
Got me down on my knees...“
— Geddy Lee vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush 1953
"Working at Perfekt"