Failure Quotes

Most popular failure quotes

Failure-resistant is achievable; failure-free is not.
Stumbling is not falling.


Failure has gone to his head.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
— Japanese proverb

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Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

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Failure is an event, never a person.
Whenever you fall, pick something up.


Failure is the true test of greatness.


Success has made failures of many men.

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Failure is a highly contagious disease.
Failure is success if we learn from it.
The world itself is pregnant with failure.
Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.


Success is never final, but failure can be.


The greatest failure is the failure to try.
A minute's success pays the failure of years.

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There's no great loss without some small gain.


I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.
Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.


Success is not forever, and failure's not fatal.


They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.
A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.
Today's opportunities erase yesterday's failures.


Success teaches us nothing; only failure teaches.

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We are all failures, at least all the best of us.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
If at first you don't succeed, welcome to the club.
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.


Failure is not fatal but failure to change might be.


I define anxiety as experiencing failure in advance.


Failure can get to be a rather comfortable old friend.
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Some of the biggest failures I ever had were successes.
Where you stumble and fall, there you discover the gold.
Pursue failure.  Failure is success's only launching pad.
If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.


Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.
Success is a public affair.  Failure is a private funeral.

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I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.
If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average.
One of the ingredients most necessary for success is failure.
— Introduction to Business: Concepts and Careers

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If at first you don't succeed, you are running about average.


Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.

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I have not failed. I've just found 10000 ways that won't work.
Never give a man up until he has failed at something he likes.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.

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Remember that all our failures are ultimately failures in love.
Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.
If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you.


There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.
Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years.

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You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.


The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.


Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

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Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.

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A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he gives up.


I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise.


It has been said that failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.
Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.


If you're not failing now and again, it's a sign you're playing it safe.


To the eye of failure success is an accident with a presumption of crime.

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Success is never final and failure never total. It's courage that counts.
— Success Unlimited


It isn't failing that spells one's downfall; it's running away, giving up.

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It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.


Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
An important task of a manager is to reduce his people's excuses for failure.
Success is never final and failure is never fatal.  It's courage that counts.

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.

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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.


I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Do not be one of those who, rather than risk failure, never attempts anything.

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Learning starts with failure, the first failure is the beginning of education.
There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.


There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.
It is not a disgrace to fail. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure, it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.


Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.


There's an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.

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I'd rather be a failure at something I love than successful at something I hated.

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Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline.

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In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.


Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist but in the ability to start over.


Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.


Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.

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Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.

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This is not how your story ends. It's simply where it takes a turn you didn't expect.

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Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.
Learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.
Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it.  We learn only from failure.

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A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.


It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.


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


In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.


No man leaves where he is and seeks a distant place unless he is in some respect a failure.
The one phrase you can use is that success has a thousand fathers, and failure is an orphan.


Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

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Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses.
Human nature is the same everywhere; it deifies success, it has nothing but scorn for defeat.

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You're not defeated until you give up the fight. You give up the fight by giving up the dream.


My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages.
Those who lose visualize the penalties of failure. Those who win visualize the rewards of success.

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.

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A word of encouragement during failure is worth more than a dictionary of praise following success.
Every man is in some sort a failure to himself.  No one ever reaches the heights to which he aspires.


We mount to heaven mostly on the ruins of our cherished schemes, finding our failures were successes.

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When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success.

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If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure—all your life.  It's as simple as that.

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There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.


If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There's no use in being a damn fool about it.

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Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.

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There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure.  The failure is a stranger in his own house.
I was fired from my first three jobs, which in a funny way gave me the courage to go into business for myself.
It's been my general experience that things that seem disastrous at the time usually do work out for the best.
I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.


I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: Try to please everybody.

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Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

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I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
The world is made of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.

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There is no failure as long as you learn from your experience, continue to work, and continue to press on for success.
Good people are good because they have come to wisdom through failure We get very little wisdom from success you know.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.


It is by going down into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble,
there lies your treasure.
A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed—I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.
Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they're really not. They're companions—the hero and the sidekick.


Success and failure—we think of them as opposites, but they're really not.  They're companions—the hero and the sidekick.

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I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - which is: Try to please everybody.
Virtually nothing comes out right the first time.  Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.
Of all failures, to fail in a witticism is the worst; and the mishap is the more calamitous in a drawn-out and detailed one.


All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.  So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.


My father's attitude taught me to define failure as not trying something I want to do instead of not achieving the right outcome.
Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.
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.


Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true.

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Failure is not mere failure.  It is instructive.  The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and don't know it.

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The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down as a failure.

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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.
When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.
I work continuously within the shadow of failure.  For every novel that makes it to my publisher's desk, there are at least five or six that died on the way.
First-rate pursuits—involving, as they must, trying to understand what life is all about and conveying that understanding—inevitably result in a sense of failure.
Defeats and failures are great developers of character. They have made the giants of our race by giving Titanic muscles, brawny sinews, and far-reaching intellects.


Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved.  Success is the lurking place of failure; but who can tell when the turning-place will come?

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You cannot learn very much about excellence from studying failure.  Of all the infinite ways to perform a certain task, most of them are wrong.  There are only a few right ways.


In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself.
There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.

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You can always pick yourself up again. It's always worth it starting from zero again, once, or a thousand times, as long as you're still alive. That's the biggest lesson in life.

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One of the most wonderful things that happened in our Nautilus program was that everybody knew it was going to fail—so they let us completely alone so we were able to do the job.


I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success; we often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.

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If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works, with all the misconceptions, the omissions, the failures that any finished work of art implies.


When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

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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.

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If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you.  And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure"  is not the falling down, but the staying down.

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For this is the journey that men make: to find themselves.  If they fail in this, it doesn't matter much what else they find: Money, position, fame, many loves, revenge are all of little consequence, and when the tickets are collected at the end of the ride they are tossed into the bin marked FAILURE.

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I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.


Rock Bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.  You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable.  It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.
It doesn't matter how many times you fail. It doesn't matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because ... All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.