Oates on failure

“Failure may be a truth, or at any rate a negotiable fact, while success is a temporary illusion of some intoxicating sort, a bubble soon to be pricked, a flower whose petals will quickly drop . . . . From this pragmatic vantage point, ‘success’ is but a form of ‘failure,’ a compromise between what is desired and what is attained.”
-Joyce Carol Oates

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