„Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.“

—  Thomas Edison, This is presented as a statement of 1877, as quoted in From Telegraph to Light Bulb with Thomas Edison (2007) by Deborah Headstrom-Page, p. 22.
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inventeur et industriel américain 1847 - 1931

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„I'll know how outraged I am when I know how many black people were on those flights.“

—  Al Sharpton American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and television/radio talk show host 1954
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„When failure is not an option, success can be expensive.“

—  Peter Stibrany Canadian aerospace engineer 1959
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