Quotes for Failure

"The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote to a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes...otherwise he is sure to be mediocre."
- Peter Druker

"One’s best success comes after his greatest disappointments."
––Henry Ward Beecher

"He is foolish to blame the sea who is shipwrecked twice."
–– Publilius Syrus

"Everyone has his burden. What counts is how you carry it."
––Merle Miller

"Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps."
–– David Lloyd George

"Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills that you should avoid."
––Thomas Jefferson

"A man's doubts and fears are his worst enemies.”
– William Wrigley Jr.

"Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it’s only kept a secret from the person who fails.”
–Robert Half

"In some attempts, it is glorious even to fail." Longinus

Remember, you only have to succeed the last time.
Brian Tracy

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"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." Henry Ford

"Failures are divided into two classes - those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought." John Charles Salak

"Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Anonymous

"I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." Lou Holtz
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Incorrect assumptionslie at the root of every failure.Have the courage to test your assumption.
Brian Tracy

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"When you are down on your back, if you can look up, you can get up." Les Brown
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"Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure."Dell Crossword

"In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail."Anonymous

"It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final."Anonymous

"One great source of failure is found in a lack of concentration of purpose. There will be adverse winds in every voyage, but the able seaman firmly resists their influence, while he takes advantage of every favorable breeze to speed him on his course.
So in our aims and pursuits we shall find much to counteract them, much to draw our attention from them, and, unless we are armed with a steadfast purpose, that can subordinate the lesser to the greater, that can repel hindrances, resist attractions, and bend circumstances to our will, our efforts will not be crowned with success."Anonymous

"Success always occurs in private and failure in full public view."Anonymous

"The only real failure in life is the failure to try."Anonymous

"The two hardest things to handle in life are failure & success."Anonymous

"Yesterday's failures are today's seeds
That must be diligently planted to be able to abundantly harvest
Tomorrow's success."

"Your failures won't hurt you until you start blaming them on others."Anonymous

"Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final."Roger Ward BaBson

"There are no failures — only feedback."R. Bandler

"Failure is the path of least resistance."Sir James Matthew Barrie

"Women punish themselves for the failure to conform."Sandra Bartky

"When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."Alexander Graham Bell

It is not failure itself that holds you back;it is the fear of failure that paralyzes you.
Brian Tracy

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"If at first you don’t succeed, think how many people you’ve made happy."H. Duane Black

"Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have."Louis E. Boone

"A minute’s success pays the failure for years."Robert Browning

"I'd rather be a failure in something that I love than a success in something that I hate."
George Burns

"A man may fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."
John Burroughs

"Men are failures, not because they are stupid, but because they are not sufficiently impassioned."Struther Burt

"They never fail who die in a great cause."George Gordon, Lord Byron 

"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."Truman Capote

"Show me someone content with mediocrity and I'll show you someone destined for failure."Johnetta Cole

"I don't know the key to success but the key to failure is to try to please everyone."
Bill William Henry Cosby

"If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style."Quentin Crisp

"In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time."
Anthony J. D'Angelo

"The only real failure in life is one not learned from."Anthony J. D'Angelo

"Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it."Josephus Daniels

Most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure.
Brian Tracy

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"When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both."James Dale Davidson

"The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes."
John Dewey

"What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens."Benjamin Disraeli

"Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success."Dowden

"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."Bob Dylan

"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure."Thomas Alva Edison

"I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best."George Elliot

"The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: "I did not have time."Franklin Field

"Keep these concepts in mind: You've failed many times, although you don't remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim. . . . Don't worry about failure. My suggestion to each of you: Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try."Sherman Finesilver

"Failure is success if we learn from it."Malcom S. Forbes

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."Henry Ford

Never consider the possibility of failure;as long as you persist, you will be succesful.
Brian Tracy

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"We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure — all your life."John W. Gardner

"A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success."Kahlil Gibran

"Pleasures, riches, honor and joy are sure to have care, disgrace, adversity and affliction in their train. There is no pleasure without pain, no joy without sorrow. O the folly of expecting lasting felicity in a vale of tears, or a paradise in a ruined world."Gotthold

"We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment. But environment is the easier of the two to improve."
John Burdone Sanderson Haldane

"But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated."Ernest Hemingway

"Haste in every business brings failure."Herodotus

"Before success comes in any man's life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do."Napoleon Hill

"No man is ever whipped, until he quits -- in his own mind."Napoleon Hill

"Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel."Napoleon Hill

"The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail."Napoleon Hill

"When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal."Napoleon Hill

"Perfectionism is a dangerous state of mind in an imperfect world. The best way is to forget doubts and set about the task in hand. . . . If you are doing your best, you will not have time to worry about failure."Robert Silliman Hillyer

"There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house."Eric Hoffer

"When on the brink of complete discouragement, success is discerning that . . . the line between failure and success is so fine that often a single extra effort is all that is needed to bring victory out of defeat."
Elbert Green Hubbard

"There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose."
Frank McKinney “Kin” Hubbard

"I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occassions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot . . . and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why . . . I succeed."Michael Jordan

"An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots."
Charles Franklin Kettering

"The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that the former expresses his idea most fully in death while the latter really enjoys the bitterness of failure."Soren Kierkegaard

"Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved."Lao Tzu

"As the opportunity grows for unlimited growth and progress, the chances of failure increase. There is no such thing as a program that will provide security and growth and progress with no risk . . . even within the church. As freedom for unrestricted development is enhanced, the possibilities for failure are also increased. The risk factor is great."Dean L. Larsen

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Abraham Lincoln

"The probability that we may fail in struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just"Abraham Lincoln

Failure is a prerequisite for great success.If you want to succeed faster,double your rate of failure.
Brian Tracy

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"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."Abraham Lincoln

"In great attempts it is glorious even to fail."
Vince Lombardi

"Because a fellow has failed once or twice, or a dozen times, you don't want to set him down as a failure till he's dead or loses his courage — and that's the same thing."George Horace Lorimer

"The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter."William Somerset Maugham

"If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your thing."Warren Miller

"How far high failure overleaps the bounds of low success."Sir Lewis Morris

"There are few pains so grievous as to have seen, divined, or experienced how an exceptional man has missed his way and deteriorated."William Wilhelm Nietzsche

"Never fight an inanimate object."P.J. O'Rourke

"Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach."Roger Von Oech

"In this game that we're playing, we can't win. Some kinds of failure are better than other kinds, that's all."George Orwell

"What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."Mary Pickford

"I've lived to bury my desires,
And see my dreams corrode with rust;
Now all that's left are fruitless fires
That burn my empty heart to dust."
Alexander Sergeievich Pushkin

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."Dan Quayle

"You'll come back, because yours is an error of knowledge, not a moral failure, not an act of surrender to evil, but only the last act of being victim to your own virtue. We'll wait for you and when you come back, you will have discovered that there need never be any conflict among your desires, nor so tragic a clash of values as the one you've borne so well."Ayn Rand

"I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy."Anthony (Tony) Robbins

"Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day."Jim Rohn

"Failures are divided into two classes — those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought."John Charles Salak

"Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing."Red Sanders

"Success is never ending: failure is never final."Robert H. Schuller

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try."Beverly Sills

"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail."Gore Vidal

"When you are down and out something always turns up — and it's usually the noses of your friends."Orson Welles

"The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed."Edwin Percy Welles

"I would rather lose in a cause that I know some day will triumph than to triumph in a cause that I know some day will fail."Wendell Lewis Wilkie

"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure."George E. Woodberry

"No success in public life can compensate for failure in the home." Benjamin Disraeli

"No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves." Dwight Eisenhower

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." Derek Bok

"It is not the great temptations that ruin us; it is the little ones." John W. DeForest

"The problem with most failing businesses is not that their owners don’t know enough about finance, marketing, management, and operations -- they don’t, but those things are easy enough to learn -- but that they spend their time and energy defending what they think they know. My experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren’t so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need to know more." Michael Gerber