GAMSAT Quotes Interpretation – Wisdom

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99% of the time interpreting GAMSAT quotes require you to pick a side and argue passionately for or against the essence of the quote…

Occasionally however, a quote is presented that has equally strong evidence on either side and fence-sitting may be a excellent option. An example of such a quote is: “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.

Under the theme of wisdom, this quote begs for automatic agreement. Your initial thought process is likely to be something along these lines… of course we have to get back up the 8th time and keep trying in order to eventually achieve success. This the essence of scientific research – conduct an experiment that fails, eliminate that as a possibility, then try another experiment until you pinpoint the answer you are searching for. If Dr Ian Frazer hadn’t got up the 8th time, we wouldn’t have the HPV vaccination. Thomas Edison tried more than 10,000 times to invent the light bulb. When asked about his failures, Edison stated that he knew “definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work.”

Likewise, many entrepreneurs have an array of failed business attempts behind them before cracking through to success. Henry Ford founded two automotive companies that failed before he was gained success with the Ford Motor Company. Having launched more than 100 companies, not all of Sir Richard Branson’s businesses were a raging success either. It took Sir James Dyson 15 years to develop a bagless vacuum prototype that worked – he developed 5,126 prototypes that failed first. Before launching The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington had a lot of trouble getting people to read her work – her book was rejected by 36 publishers.

There are plenty of examples you could use as evidence to support this quote.


This is one of those diamond GAMSAT quotes where there is much evidence to support the flip side of it as well…

Let’s reverse the wisdom of this quote and apply it to various situations in life where getting up and going back in for the 8th time is NOT the wisest choice. If you are at a casino gambling and you have lost 7 bets in a row, it’s probably better to walk away. If you are bidding against another determined party on a house at auction and they have significantly outbid you 7 times driving the price up ridiculously high, it’s probably better to walk away. If you are in a relationship and you have been let down by your partner cheating on you 7 times, it’s probably wiser  not to forgive them for an 8th time, rather just walk away.

As you can see, there are plenty of examples you could use as evidence to dispute this quote.

Rather than urging you to pick as side and argue passionately for it, for this particular GAMSAT quote I would recommend a thesis statement along the lines of…

“In life, wisdom involves deciding when when getting up and going back in for the 8th time is the wisest choice, and when it is definitely not.”

Good luck with your interpretation of GAMSAT quotes. 🙂

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