With what poignancy the very young desire success! All life seems hanging on the brink; all the future seems decided by a yes or a no. In later life we learn to discount our hopes, to expect a certain percentage of failures, struggle as we will. But in youth the world seems to remain solid, or dissolve around us, on the cast of a single die.
From Dune Boy - The Early Years Of A Naturalist by Edwin Way Teale