It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness. And if it be said, that continual success is a proof that a man wisely knows his powers, — it is only to be added, that, in that case, he knows them to be small.
—Herman Melville, born on this day in 1819, in Hawthorne and His Mosses. Pair with this the fantastic Fail Safe and Oprah’s Harvard commencement address on failure and finding your purpose. (via explore-blog)