„There is one thing beyond the reach of perversity. The inevitable failure of history, she will judge us“

—  Benito Juárez, From the letter to Maximiliano de Habsburgo http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2006/05/28/sem-carta.html in 1864
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—  Pope John Paul II 264th Pope of the Catholic Church, saint 1920 - 2005
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„Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive.“

—  Steven Spielberg American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur 1946
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„Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.“

—  Coco Chanel French fashion designer 1883 - 1971
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„Understanding is for ever unattainable. Therein lies the inevitability of failure in embarking upon its quest, which is none the less the only one worthy of serious attention.“

—  Malcolm Muggeridge English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist 1903 - 1900
Context: It is only possible to succeed at second-rate pursuits — like becoming a millionaire or a prime minister, winning a war, seducing beautiful women, flying through the stratosphere or landing on the moon. First-rate pursuits involving, as they must, trying to understand what life is about and trying to convey that understanding — inevitably result in a sense of failure. A Napoleon, a Churchill, a Roosevelt can feel themselves to be successful, but never a Socrates, a Pascal, a Blake. Understanding is for ever unattainable. Therein lies the inevitability of failure in embarking upon its quest, which is none the less the only one worthy of serious attention. Muggeridge Through the Microphone (1969)

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„History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.“

—  Clarence Darrow American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union 1857 - 1938
As quoted in Peter's Quotations: Ideas For Our Time (1977) edited by Laurence J. Peter, p. 248

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„One of the big failures in human history has been the agelong attempt to stop women painting their faces.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
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„History will surely judge America's decision to invade and occupy a fragile and unstable nation that did not attack us and posed no threat to us as a decision that was not only tragic but absurd.“

—  Al Gore 45th Vice President of the United States 1948
Context: History will surely judge America's decision to invade and occupy a fragile and unstable nation that did not attack us and posed no threat to us as a decision that was not only tragic but absurd. Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, to be sure, but not one who posed an imminent danger to us. It is a decision that could have been made only at a moment in time when reason was playing a sharply diminished role in our national deliberations.

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„If one cannot have success, the next most agreeable thing is failure.“

—  Jean Ingelow British writer 1820 - 1897
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