„Ten men have failed from defect in morals, where one has failed from defect in intellect.“

—  Horace Mann, As quoted in Excellent Quotations for Home and School (1890) by Julia B. Hoitt, p. 73
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is a powerful vehicle
it smashes down forests
and crushes a hundred men.
but it has one defect:
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—  Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
"General, Your Tank Is a Powerful Vehicle", in "From a German War Primer", part of the Svendborg Poems (1939); as translated by Lee Baxandall in Poems, 1913-1956, p. 289

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„My men have sometimes failed to take a position, but to defend one, never!“

—  Thomas Jackson Confederate general 1824 - 1863
Statement to Major Heros von Borcke http://aotw.org/officers.php?officer_id=1082 (13 December 1862), as quoted in Memoirs of the Confederate War for Independence (1867) by Heros von Borcke, p. 301; this has been paraphrased as "My troops may fail to take a position, but are never driven from one!"

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„Men are born to succeed, not to fail.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

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„You know who critics are?— the men who have failed in literature and art.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Ch. 35. Compare: "Reviewers are usually people who would have been poets, historians, biographers, if they could; they have tried their talents at one or the other, and have failed; therefore they turn critics", Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lectures on Shakespeare and Milton, p. 36. Delivered 1811–1812; "Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic", Percy Bysshe Shelley, Fragments of Adonais.

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„Lenin is an artist who has worked men, as other artists have worked marble or metals. But men are harder than stone and less malleable than iron. There is no masterpiece. The artist has failed. The task was superior to his capacities.“

—  Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945
Popolo d'Italia (14 July 1920) "The Artificer and the Material," quoted in Mussolini in the Making (1938) by Gaudens Megaro, p. 326

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