Frogs, toads, and days of gold

Rock, water, and thoughts about failure


"If we are not willing to fail, we will never accomplish anything. All creative acts involve the risk of failure. Marriage is a terrible risk. So is having children. So is giving a performance in the theatre, or the writing of a book. Whenever something is completed successfully, we must move on, and that is again to risk failure." - Madeleine L'Engle (Two-Part Invention)


"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default."  - J. K. Rowling (from her TED talk on failure)


"Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself." - Charlie Chaplin



"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso


Some days feel like failures. Other days I inch forward. But whether toad day or gold day, I keep showing up; I give what I have, sometimes much, sometimes little. The rocks lend their strength, and the water, its quiet persistence.

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”  - Samuel Beckett