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Quote of the Day: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat” (F.Scott Fitzgerald, brainyquote.com).

Hey guys,

Today I thought I would post a quote about perseverance.  I thought this quote was very inspiring and realistic at the same time.  Fitzgerald admits that we all at some point are “defeated,” or make mistakes.  In my opinion, he is saying that one defeat should not determine the success of your endeavors.  Yes, a mistake was made, but you should not give up on dreams, aspirations, or ideas because of a mistake.  I truly believe that we learn from our mistakes and we internalize them.  If we do not make mistakes how can we learn from them?  Once we accept our “defeat” though we can try again and hopefully be successful.

What do you think Fitzgerald meant by “defeat”?  Do you find this quote inspiring?  Have you ever had a moment where you felt like giving up, but kept on going?

Thanks for reading!


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6 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: F. Scott Fitzgerald

  1. Thomas Edison failed a bazillion times before he got a light bulb to work. That’s perseverance alright.There come a time, however, that if perseverance becomes fruitless banging one’s head against the wall , it is just plain stupid.

  2. On a lighter note, building children’s toys on Christmas Eve certainly illustrates your point. So many defeats but the perseverance created magic in my children’s eyes.

  3. I think he meant failure or set-back. Also, I agree with him. It’s like that saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try abain.”

    Alternately, it could apply to situations involving other people: being turned down for something (a date, a job, a manuscript), getting a bad review (on a paper, a test, a performance), being criticized or rejected, or thwarted in some other way. We can’t let those little defeats define who we are or set the tone for our opinions of ourselves.

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