Fail again, fail better

Given the subject of this blog it would be remiss of me not to post this collection of wisdom about failure by Tim Harford.

I find the quote by Tristan Tzara particularly poignant: “Let us try for once not to be right”. Tzara was a brilliant poet and a tireless anti-Fascist campaigner who founded the Dada movement. His quote falls into the Dada manifesto which is most definitely worth a read:

“I have given a pretty faithful version of progress, law, morality and all other fine qualities that various highly intelligent men have discussed in so many books, only to conclude that after all everyone dances to his own personal boomboom, and that the writer is entitled to his boomboom: the satisfaction of pathological curiosity; a private bell for inexplicable needs; a bath; pecuniary difficulties; a stomach with repercussions in life; the authority of the mystic wand formulated as the bouquet of a phantom orchestra made up of silent fiddle bows greased with philtres made of chicken manure. With the blue eye-glasses of an angel they have excavated the inner life for a dime’s worth of unanimous gratitude. If all of them are right and if all pills are Pink Pills, let us try for once not to be right.”

The music to the clip is also rather wonderful. I like to think Tzara would like Titanic Blues.


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