"I would feel I had wasted my life if I didn’t try"

Synchronicity offered on Mutu's heels, this article in which painter Frank Auerbach has wise words for me in recognizing failure and moving onward. 

He says the obligation to take account of the art that has gone before carries two demands: ‘first that you attempt to do something of a comparable scale and standard, which is impossible; second that you try and do something that has never been done before, that is also impossible. So in the face of this you can either just chuck it in, or you can spend all your energy and time and hopes in trying to cope with it. You will fail.’