• How melancholy a thing is success. Whilst failure inspirits a man, attainment reads the sad prosy lesson that all our glories "Are shadows, not substantial things." Truly said the sayer, "disappointment is the salt of life" a salutary bitter which strengthens the mind for fresh exertion, and gives a double value to the prize.

    Sir Richard Francis Burton, John Hanning Speke, William C. Barker (1856). “First Footsteps in East Africa: Or, An Exploration of Harar”, p.364