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Happy Failure

Posted May 16th, 2014 at 05:23 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
“He’s not at all stupid. He’s just one of the usual unhappy successes.”
“Unhappy?”
“Most successes are unhappy. That’s why they are successes- they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.”
“What extraordinary ideas you have, Anthony.”
“You’ll find they’re quite true if you only examine them. The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves that they don’t give a damn like me. They are also usually agreeable to get on with- again like me.”
From Sparkling Cyanide, 1945, Agatha Christie


It’s an interesting idea, don’t you think? Though it’s not always true, but there is certainly some truth in there.

Not all failures are happy people. Some are honest to goodness failures, who have tried things and screwed them up. Or fate stuck its ugly hand in and tripped them. But then there are all sorts of people who one...
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