On Self-Testing

Excerpts from Wilfred A. Peterson Essay “The Art of Failure”

He lives on the principle of “nothing attempted, nothing gained” and is resolved that if he fails he is going to fail while trying to succeed.

He does the best he can and then with a serene spirit accepts what comes.

He learns from the scientist who said, “At best, research is about 99 percent failure and 1 percent success and the 1 percent is the only thing that counts.

He knows that when the blows of life knock a man down, the important thing is not to stay down.  He develops the quality of bounce, rebounding from defeat as a rubber ball rebounds when you throw it to the floor.

He rises to the challenge of failure as did Mark Twain when he wrote, “A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse.”

He keeps on going on.



  1. Aquarian Axioms

    To obtain the knowledge of Self is a greater achievement than to command the elements or to know the future.
  2. Thomas a Kempis

    God has furnished us with constant occasions of bearing one another's burdens.  For there is no man living without his failings; no man that is so happy as never to give offence; no man without his load of trouble; no man so sufficient as never to need assistance .
  3. Miguel de Cervantes

    Patience, and shuffle the cardss.
  4. Psalms

    He shall be like a tree planted by streams  of water, That yieldeth its fruit in its season, And whose leaf doth not wither.
  5. Neils Bohr

    Clarity is gained through breadth.
  6. The Voice of the Silence

    Self-Knowledge is of loving deeds the child.
  7. Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Man who man would be, must rule the empire of himself.
  8. Craftsman's Aphorism

    Measure twice,  cut once.
  9. Eartha Kitt

    I have to keep testing myself.



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