Drawn & Quoted: Successful Failure

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.

РCoco Chanel (1883-1971)


The bear’s success comes at the price of the fish’s unknowing leap of failure. Perhaps not the intent of the quote, but certainly a truth from it.


Sometimes when I do these Drawn & Quoted pieces, I find a quote and do a drawing based on it. This time the drawing came first (ink in my sketchbook), then the search for a matching quote came after, which is usually the tougher way to go about it. I saw this image as having possible business applications, and started looking at quotes with that in mind. I also thoroughly enjoy utter silliness, so when this quote surfaced (pun intended), it made me laugh in the context of the drawing.

Why? Because the quote probably was meant to inspire someone to greatness by having them not be afraid to try something. However, it seemed to fit perfectly the goals and achievements of these two characters as they both attempted their goals in tandem. The bear achieved success at the price of the fish’s failure. Funny, right? Pain is often funny.