On failure

“What is failure?
Failure is what people do ninety-nine percent of the time.

Even in the movies: ninety-nine outtakes for one print. But in the movies they don’t show the failures. What you see are the takes that work. So it looks as if every action, even going crazy, is carried off in a proper, rounded-off way. It looks as if real failure is unspeakable.

TV has screwed up millions of people with their little rounded-off stories. Because that is not the way life is. Life is fits and starts, mostly fits. Life doesn’t have to stop with failure.”

Walker Percy in The Thanatos Syndrome
[and author of The Moviegoer]

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