Selected Quotes about Failure

It is possible to fail in many ways ... while to succeed is possible only in one way. -- Aristotle

For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. -- Mary Kay Ash

I knew that if I failed I wouldn't regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is never trying. -- Jeff Bezos

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all. -- Edward de Bono

Act as if it were impossible to fail. -- Dorothea Brande

A minute's success pays the failure of years. -- Robert Browning

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied. -- Pearl S. Buck

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. -- Johnny Cash

A positive attitude is important, but it is only part of the story. Understanding how to surmount pain, doubt, and failure is a vital component in winning the game of life. -- Chin-Ning Chu

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. -- Sir Winston Churchill

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill

Study the business you think you might like. Satisfy yourself that they will suit your needs. There are so many alternatives available - don't be too quick to choose. Just about any business can fail and any can succeed. -- Paul Clitheroe

But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for. -- Paulo Coelho

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. -- Bill Cosby

Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas. But can it really?...True effectiveness requires balance. -- Stephen Covey

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

Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways. -- Samuel McChord Crothers

Don't be afraid to fail. Get out there and experiment and learn and fail and get a rate based on the experiences you have. Go for it and when you go for it you'll learn what you're capable of, what the potential is, where the opportunities are, but you can't be afraid to fail because that's when you learn. -- Michael Dell

Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal. -- Mike Ditka

Failure is no accident. -- Dr.Phil

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and "mangled mind" leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict. -- Elizabeth Drew

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -- Thomas A. Edison

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. -- Thomas Alva Edison

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -- Thomas Alva Edison

Succeeding is not really a life experience that does that much good. Failing is a much more sobering and enlightening experience. -- Michael Eisner

It has been a fantastic ride for the past 20 years. Ups and downs, to be sure, but filled with great satisfaction in building this wonderful creator of classic American culture into one of the premier entertainment-orientated companies in the world. -- Michael Eisner

It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success. -- Havelock Ellis

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. -- Ralph Ellison

If the Internet turns out not to be the future of computing, we're toast. But if it is, we're golden. -- Larry Ellison

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

America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success. -- Sigmund Freud

The best way out is always through. -- Robert Frost

No garden is without its weeds. -- Thomas Fuller

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

If we had failed to pursue the facts as far as they led, we would have denied the public any knowledge of an unprecedented scheme of political surveillance and sabotage. -- Katharine Graham

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. -- Andrew Grove

A failure is a man who has blundered but is not capable of cashing in on the experience. -- Elbert Hubbard

You won't skid if you stay in a rut. -- Kin Hubbard

Because almost everything: all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. -- Steve Jobs

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent. -- Carl Jung

Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. 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, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid. -- John Keats

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. -- Robert F. Kennedy

Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed. -- Corita Kent

The collapse of Enron and the subsequent collapse of Arthur Andersen were tremendous tragedies. But as I stated at the time of my indictment on July 8, 2004, failure does not equate to a crime. -- Kenneth Lay

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

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. -- Vince Lombardi

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. -- James Russell Lowell

Your ultimate success or failure will depend on your ability to ignore the worries of the world long enough to allow your investments to succeed. It isn’t the head but the stomach that determines the fate of the stock-picker. -- Peter Lynch

If at first you don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything. -- Bill Lyon

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. -- Og Mandino

And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success. -- Og Mandino

Besides the practical knowledge which defeat offers, there are important personality profits to be taken. Defeat strips away false values and makes you realize what you really want. It stops you from chasing butterflies and puts you to work digging gold. -- William Moulton Marston

What some companies fail to see is that from their customers' viewpoint, their products, services, and brands are viewed as one entity. -- Chuck Martin

My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny. -- Elaine Maxwell

We all have a few failures under our belt. It's what makes us ready for the successes. -- Randy K. Milholland

The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become. -- Ashley Montagu

We have no intention of failing. The only question is how great a success we'll have. -- Rupert Murdoch

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. -- Benito Mussolini

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. -- Anais Nin

Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. -- Richard Nixon

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much. -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

We must remain focused on the greatest threat to the security of the United States, the clear and present danger of terrorism. We know what we must do to protect America, but this Administration is failing to meet the challenge. Democrats have a better way to ensure our homeland security. -- Nancy Pelosi

There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. -- Laurence J. Peter

Confidence means non-paralysis, a willingness to act, and act decisively, to start new things and cut failing ventures off. -- Tom Peters

Most quality programs fail for one or two reasons. They have system without passion, or passion without system. You must have both. -- Tom Peters

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down. -- Mary Pickford

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

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. -- Colin Powell

The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure. -- Chinese Proverb

I have no use for men who fail. The cause of their failure is no business of mine, but I want successful men as my associates. -- John Rockefeller

You always pass failure on the way to success. -- Mickey Rooney

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. -- Theodore Roosevelt

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

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. -- William Saroyan

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself. -- May Sarton

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. -- George Bernard Shaw

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

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done. -- Samuel Smiles

If you leave markets to themselves, they actually go to extremes and lead to financial collapse. So you need the presence of the authorities to keep the markets on reasonably even keel. -- George Soros

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. -- George Soros

The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes. -- Madame de Stael

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus. -- Wallace Stegner

Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism. -- David Suzuki

I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. -- Herbert Bayard Swope

We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us. -- Rabindranath Tagore

Men are born to succeed, not fail. -- Henry David Thoreau

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure. -- Ted Turner

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

Celebrate your success and find humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have fun and always show enthusiasm. -- Sam Walton

It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. -- Jessamyn West

Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won. -- Walt Whitman

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. -- Oscar Wilde

Life is so simple, really. Think through what people want, watch what others fail to give them, and provide it. Then bill'em. -- Stuart Wilde

I want to apologize for our unfulfilled dreams. What we thought would be easy has proved painfully difficult. I would like to apologize for having failed to justify the hopes of the people who believed that we would be able to make a leap from the gloomy and stagnant totalitarian past to a bright, prosperous and civilized future at just one go. -- Boris Yeltsin

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