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success has many fathers, failure is an orphan

People are quick to associate themselves with successful ventures and distance themselves from failures. A: "All the people who were so excited about this project in the beginning now act like they've never even heard of it." B: "Well, success has many fathers, failure is an orphan."
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'No, but I DON'T think Mrs Boffin would like an orphan who squints so MUCH.'
'if Mrs Boffin wants an orphan QUITE nineteen, who drives a cart and waters the roads.'
'No, don't say that,' assented Mr Milvey, 'because we are so much obliged to you for giving us the preference.' Which Mrs Milvey confirmed; and really the kind, conscientious couple spoke, as if they kept some profitable orphan warehouse and were personally patronized.
Accordingly, it was resolved that Mr and Mrs Milvey should search for an orphan likely to suit, and as free as possible from the foregoing objections, and should communicate again with Mrs Boffin.
'We have orphans, I know,' pursued Mr Milvey, quite with the air as if he might have added, 'in stock,' and quite as anxiously as if there were great competition in the business and he were afraid of losing an order, 'over at the clay-pits; but they are employed by relations or friends, and I am afraid it would come at last to a transaction in the way of barter.
But there, SHE wouldn't shrink from adopting a whole orphan asylum if she took it into her head."
Rachel would have liked to stay until Matthew came home with his imported orphan. But reflecting that it would be a good two hours at least before his arrival she concluded to go up the road to Robert Bell's and tell the news.
Ev'n should I fall o'er the broken bridge passing, Or stray in the marshes, by false lights beguiled, Still will my Father, with promise and blessing, Take to His bosom the poor orphan child.
There is a thought that for strength should avail me, Though both of shelter and kindred despoiled; Heaven is a home, and a rest will not fail me; God is a friend to the poor orphan child."
"It is not your cousin Katherine, but the Orphans, who will have to wait; and surely a promise to a relation is as sacred as one to an acquaintance."
(Alliance News) - Open Orphan PLC has netted over GBP500,000 after selling the rest of its shares in skin-care firm Integumen PLC, Open Orphan said on Friday.
When an orphan is forced to live in orphan home, he suffers from many problems such as lack of support, emotional bonding, economical problems and poor health.
secured the orphan drug designation for tenalisib from the U.S.
ISLAMABAD -- President Dr Arif Alvi has said that services of Pakistan Orphan Care Forum (POCF) and other welfare institutions, which are busy in serving the grieved humanity, are appreciable.
He expressed these views while hosting an Iftar party for orphan children at Governor House here Sunday.