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Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:49 am
by wallflower
Hi all! I've been searching on the net but can't seem to find the source of this quotation attributed to Keats. It's funny how most people don't source their aphorisms. Would anyone here happen to know where's it from? Thanks! :)

Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:08 pm
by Saturn
I can't say that seems familiar, doesn't sound like Keats at all, more like a self-help textbook. Where did you get the quotation from?

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:12 pm
by Saturn
Hmm seems like it is Keats, must be from one of the letters, perhaps to George?

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:13 am
by wallflower
It's widely attributed to Keats, but you're right, it is found in A LOT of self help books and motivational blogs..
I would say it's from the letters as well, though I own an online copy of the complete collection of the letters and a ctrl+f search gave me nothing.. the mystery of the quote eh? :p

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:56 pm
by BrokenLyre
I highly doubt it is Keats. "Positive experience" and "highway to success" talk is much too modern. It's from some pop psychology I would say. Best guess is that some American entrepreneur stated it about 30 years ago. ha ha ha

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:55 pm
by Saturn
That's what I thought, sounds very much like pop-psychology to me.

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:24 pm
by Ennis
I don't think it's Keats, either -- does sound a wee bit modern.

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:30 pm
by Raphael
I am sure it isn't something he wrote- not in any of the letters that I have seen.It does sound rather late c.20th in its wording. I don't think he would even have seen "failure" of his poems as a positive thing either!

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:40 pm
by Fanny
I wonder if it's not from one of his letters to Fanny...

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:17 pm
by Ennis
Ennis wrote:I don't think it's Keats, either -- does sound a wee bit modern.



But I am lucky enough to have a Concordance of Keats works. It's rather old, but obviously may still be helpful. I'll look up "failure" and some of the other key words and see if I'm able to hit a reference to a poem or letter.
I just reread the quote, the second part does sound (to me) somewhat Keatsian -- except for the "failure is, in a sense, a highway to sucess" part.

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:13 am
by Cybele
Doesn't sound like Keats to me, either. Maybe someone loosely paraphrased something he *did* write in one of the letters, but I'm pretty sure our guy did not write this as it's presented.

Re: Where is this Keats quotation from?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:31 pm
by Ennis
Ennis wrote:
Ennis wrote:I don't think it's Keats, either -- does sound a wee bit modern.



But I am lucky enough to have a Concordance of Keats works. It's rather old, but obviously may still be helpful. I'll look up "failure" and some of the other key words and see if I'm able to hit a reference to a poem or letter.
I just reread the quote, the second part does sound (to me) somewhat Keatsian -- except for the "failure is, in a sense, a highway to sucess" part.



I looked up "highway to success," "highway," "success" (which I, obviously, found a "hit" or two, but none that apply to the quote), and "failure," and that last word sums up my lack of success. Sorry!