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“Quoting Biggie Smalls” — Director’s Commentary and Deleted Scenes #2

This Director's Commentary touches on whether or not an author, such as myself, can include quotes from famous people in his book:

And here are the Deleted Scenes, the famous quotes I was too much of a pussy to include in "How to Fail." So, now you can print this out, and paste the quotes into your copy of the book, right at the start of each listed chapter, if you're a real Goldfarb completest, if you truly want the director's cut of the book.

Chapter 1
“Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event.  You don’t fail overnight.  Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every single day.”  --Jim Rohn, motivational speaker

Chapter 2
“The look of success, when it is worn a certain way, would infuriate a jackass.” --Camus

Footchapter 2
“Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.  Ain’t life unkind?”  --Mick, “Ruby Tuesday”

Chapter 3
“Born sinner, the opposite of a winner.”  --Notorious B.I.G., "Juicy"

Footchapter 3
“There is no way to success in our art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chapter 4
“Trying is the first step toward failure” --Homer Simpson

Footchapter 4-A
“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” --Dale Carnegie

Footchapter 4-B
“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” --George Bernard Shaw

Chapter 5
“Ever tried.  Ever failed.  No matter.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better.” --Samuel Beckett

Footchapter 5-A
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
--Winston Churchill

Footchapter 5-B
“There are men in the world who derive an exaltation from the proximity of disaster and ruin, as others from success.” --Winston Churchill

Chapter 6
“Women will never be as successful as men because they have no wives to advise them.”
--Dick Van Dyke

Footchapter 6-A
“On the pinnacle of success man does not stand firm long.” --Goethe

Footchapter 6-B
“Success doesn't come to you…you go to it.”  --Marva Collins

Chapter 7
“My reputation grows with every failure.”  --George Bernard Shaw

Chapter 8
“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”  --Bob Dylan

Footchapter 8
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” --Benjamin Disraeli

Chapter 9
“If you have a good name, if you are more often right than you are wrong, if your children respect you, if your grandchildren are glad to see you...then you are a success.”  --Ann Landers

Chapter 10
“Yesterday's failures are today's seeds that must be diligently planted to be able to abundantly harvest tomorrow's success.” --Anonymous

Chapter 11
“The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.” --Lady Astor

Footchapter 11-A
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”  --Vince Lombardi

Footchapter 11-B
“Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little inside.”  --Gore Vidal

Chapter 12
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” --Truman Capote

Footchapter 12
“Success is not a destination, it's a journey.” --Zig Ziglar

Chapter 13
“Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.” --Al Bernstein

Footchapter Thirteen-B
“No man is a failure who has friends.”  --from “It's a Wonderful Life”

Chapter 14
“Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.”  --Woody Allen

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition.  It asks too little of yourself.  And it will leave you unfulfilled.”  --Barack Obama

Of course, one quote did legally get in the book, the one from Jim Rohn above. What I neglected to mention in the video is all the legalese I had to include on the copyright page. Jesus, imagine if I'd had to do that for twenty more quotes?! The book would have been fifteen pages longer.

*This post in no way constitutes legal advice to fellow lazy authors.

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  1. Aaron, time for 30 More Bars, 30 More Days… and be sure come down to DC. love the vid. keep promoting the book.

  2. Thanks Debbie!

    I love DC and I’m certainly planning to have more appearances there. Thanks!

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