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The solved puzzle spells:

I was determined to master the first step of success: failure. For anyone who insists that taking one step forward and two steps backward will never get you anywhere, I protest: It will if you're walking backwards.; as shown by the first letters of the answers, this is a quote from George Watsky's How To Ruin Everything.

Clue explanations:

A. WINTER + GREEN
B. (-h)AWK + WARD<
C. TABLOID*
D. SWIFT (ddef)
E. _K + ISS
F. YOYO + MA
G. HALF-STAFF (punny def: "standard" is another word for a flag)
H. OSTRICH(-a)*
I. WEE + PING + WILL + O + W
J. TWEE + T(-r)Y (Tweety is a bird who pronounces /k/ as /t/, so in his catchphrase he says "tat" instead of "cat")
K. not sure - perhaps O(ATM + IL<)K, but it then seems like the inserted two parts are clued the wrong way around
L. ROTA(-no<)TED<
M. U + (a→(bo)P)WARDS ("top mark" = "first letter")
N. IN PAIRS*
O. N+E+W+S
P. ESSEN + C.E.
Q. V_ I_ + RUS
R. (th)EF(ts) + FORT
S. R_ + US + T_ B_ E_ + _L + T (&lit)
T. Y(E_)ARN
U. TAKE A SEAT*
V. HOP(-s) + SCOTCH
W. (I+O)+DINE (definition is "Periodically, I")
X. NERD(lihc)<
Y. G + RUN + _T

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  • $\begingroup$ Very nicely solved Dues :) $\endgroup$
    – Stevo
    Nov 24, 2021 at 2:04
  • $\begingroup$ you've pretty much got it, but you're missing the first part of the quote and your explanation for K isn't quite right (though the answer is correct). lmk if you need a hint on that $\endgroup$
    – juicifer
    Nov 24, 2021 at 5:12
  • $\begingroup$ I think K is O(ATM)IL + K just for completeness's sake, with OIL = liquid $\endgroup$ Nov 24, 2021 at 20:18
  • $\begingroup$ @TwoBitOperation that was the intended parsing $\endgroup$
    – juicifer
    Nov 26, 2021 at 17:24

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