Some had emerged from the ordeal; others had perished. All had burned brightly in their lives.
This is from the book No Way Down – Life and Death on K2 by Graham Bowley and its the final sentences in the Epilogue. I added the bold font. You may wonder what mountaineering tragedies have to do with business? In my mind I draw parallels between mountaineers and entrepreneurs – regardless of the outcome of a venture trying is a form of success in itself.