Quotations: On Failure

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"After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very
often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this
power of always trying again. For however important chastity (or courage, or
truthfulness, or any other virtue) may be, this process trains us in habits of
the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves
and teaches us to depend on God. We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust
ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair
even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit
down content with anything less than perfection."
C.S. Lewis
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