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Failure Quotes :

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Thomas A. Edison

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

Michael Jordan

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.

Tony Robbins

There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.

Tony Robbins

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.

Woody Allen

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.

Norman Vincent Peale

A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.

B. F. Skinner

If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.

Denis Waitley

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

Denis Waitley

One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king.

Abraham Maslow

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

Douglas MacArthur

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

Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone.

Deepak Chopra

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

Michel de Montaigne

Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.

Lily Tomlin

You gotta lose ’em some of the time. When you do, lose ’em right.

Casey Stengel

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 have failed by default.

J. K. Rowling

There is no failure except in no longer trying.

Elbert Hubbard

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

John Burroughs

All human actions are equivalent… and all are on principle doomed to failure.

Carl Sandburg

I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.

Nikki Giovanni

Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.

Orison Swett Marden

My life has been nothing but a failure.

Claude Monet

I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success.

J. Paul Getty

A hatred of failure has always been part of my nature.

J. Paul Getty

It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes… we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions – especially selfish ones.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Success and failure are equally disastrous.

Tennessee Williams

If you’re a doctor or a lawyer or teacher, if you only get three things right out of 10, you’re considered a failure.

Jamie Moyer

Our system provides for a winner to take office on January 20th, and he is expected to take command of the ship of state. Failure to do so, characterized by hesitation and indecision, will harm the national interest.

Richard V. Allen

Pharmaceutical companies are enjoying unprecedented profits and access with this Administration. Yet the Republicans’ prescription drug plan for seniors has been a colossal failure, and over 43 million Americans wake up every morning without health insurance.

Jim Clyburn

The rise of China as a new power is another great challenge for the US. Our failure to properly handle Germany and Japan earlier in the 20th century cost us and the world dearly. We must not make this same mistake with China.

Steve Forbes

Our failure to properly deal with Germany and Japan early cost the world dearly later on. We dare not make the same mistake with China.

Steve Forbes

There’s always a possibility that you can have a catastrophic failure, of course. This could happen on any flight.

Gus Grissom

The failure of Christianity in the areas west from Sicily was even greater, and was increased by the spread of Arab outlooks and influence to that area, and especially to Spain.

Carroll Quigley

So long as TARP money is wrapped up in GM, the company will never shake its ‘Government Motors’ image. That label, as competitors and GM employees are keenly aware, is code for one thing: ‘GM is a failure.’

Edward Whitacre, Jr.

Having in my life been bitten by the jaws of both victory and defeat, I must rush to add that success is to failure as butter pecan ice cream is to death.

Rupert Holmes

But thankfully, my first album, ‘Wide Screen,’ was sort of a critics’ darling – everyone raved about it, but no one bought it. They only manufactured 10,000 copies; I wasn’t even in the running for failure!

Rupert Holmes

In the different voice of women lies the truth of an ethic of care, the tie between relationship and responsibility, and the origins of aggression in the failure of connection.

Carol Gilligan

The success or failure of a life, as far as posterity goes, seems to lie in the more or less luck of seizing the right moment of escape.

Alice James

If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.

ZIG ZIGLAR

Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.

Zig Ziglar

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

Zig Ziglar

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

George Bernard Shaw

My reputation grows with every failure.

George Bernard Shaw

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.

Theodore Roosevelt

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. 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

The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did – which was to hide.

James Baldwin

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

C. S. Lewis

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

Ernest Hemingway

Man is not made for defeat.

Ernest Hemingway

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

Napoleon Hill

We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.

Robert E. Lee

I think you can have 10,000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success.

Paulo Coelho

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day.

Jim Rohn

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas A. Edison

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Thomas A. Edison

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Thomas A. Edison

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.

Colin Powell

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

Rudyard Kipling

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.

Coco Chanel

The wisest of the wise may err.

Aeschylus

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

George Eliot

The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.

Benjamin Disraeli

Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.

Henry Ward Beecher

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.

Donald Trump

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

Bill Gates

Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.

Wilma Rudolph

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

Abraham Lincoln

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

Napoleon Hill

I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.

Oprah Winfrey

Failure is impossible.

Susan B. Anthony

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Winston Churchill

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

Oscar Wilde

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

John Wooden

The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.

George Eliot

There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.

George Eliot

Sometimes the best gain is to lose.

George Herbert

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.

Richard Branson

The only risk of failure is promotion.

Scott Adams

I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.

Elizabeth Taylor

You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.

E. O. Wilson

Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.

Mia Hamm

If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.

Quentin Crisp

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.

Swami Sivananda

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce

They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure.

James Allen

My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

Jack Kerouac

Failure is always an option.

Adam Savage

It is not a disgrace to fail. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.

Charles Kettering

It would be great to be able to pass on to someone all of the successes, the failures, and the knowledge that one has had. To help someone, avoid all the fire, pain and anxiety would be wonderful.

Sylvester Stallone

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

Laurence J. Peter

Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.

Chuck Noll

There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.

Ann Landers

I have probably purchased fifty ‘hot tips’ in my career, maybe even more. When I put them all together, I know I am a net loser.

Charles Schwab

Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.

Michael Korda

I never see failure as failure, but only as the game I must play and win.

Tom Hopkins

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.

Edwin Markham

A life which does not go into action is a failure.

Arnold J. Toynbee

Success is never final, but failure can be.

Bill Parcells

Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.

Mike Ditka

Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures.

Bernard Baruch

Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.

Knute Rockne

Among all the tests President Obama faced in his first term, his biggest failure was climate change.

Jeff Goodell

I was taught you don’t tell your secrets to strangers – certainly not secrets that expose error, weakness, failure. My generation, like its predecessors, was taught that since our achievements received little notice or credit from white America, we were not to discuss our faults, lapses, or uncertainties in public.

Margo Jefferson

I’m sure there are many more people who can identify with failure and hardship in life than with the success of an Alexander Hamilton or a John D. Rockefeller.

Ron Chernow

For the longest time, I was horrified to hear the word ‘failure,’ but I’ve come to realize that we all fail. It’s just a part of life. We all fall. It’s how you rebound that shows the type of person you are.

Johnny Gargano

Whenever a chef cooks for his own ego rather than his guests, he/she set themselves up for ridicule and failure. In the end, it’s the service industry. Our goal is to make our guests happy through our cooking.

Johnny Iuzzini

At the heart of the failure of most plays is the inability to carry on a thoughtful conversation about your work with yourself.

Marsha Norman

The probability of failure doesn’t matter to me.

Vinod Khosla

Demarcation disputes between supervisor and student are always difficult, probably impossible to resolve… it is the supervisor who has the final responsibility for the success or failure of the project.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

I think failing the qualifying or the 11-plus actually hurt me more than I realised. After I’d become a professor of physics at the Open University, I suddenly thought, ‘This is a bit silly.’ So I suddenly became much more open about it. But I think probably I was hurt by the failure and didn’t want to talk about it.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Working with food was fraught with anxiety when I was a girl. Like all farmers, we were at the mercy of the weather, and we lived in fear of crop failure.

Bobbie Ann Mason

The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than jobs; it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild our national morale as well as our material prosperity.

Mitch Daniels

If a process or adaptation seems too smart for nature, that’s a failure of your imagination, not the hand of God. I can make that claim because we have a working model of life’s morphing and molding without it.

Kyle Hill

Success is always less funny than failure.

Jon Ronson

Success can be destructive to the creative process. I say it all the time: success is as dangerous as total failure.

Marilyn Minter

Writing is harder than acting. I enjoy acting for just the brevity with which you can be in the experience of doing it. Writing is kind of more satisfying in that you’re creating a world and doing something that feels bigger, but it’s very time consuming and has a higher threshold for failure.

Justin Theroux

My films seem to be about men’s struggle with failure.

Tom Hooper

This is how I started: My mom was crazy for antique shops and junk shops, and my sister and I would play this game where, if we were driving with my parents and saw a junk shop or an antique shop, we’d scream at the top of our lungs. My poor father would have heart failure and screech to a halt, and we’d leap out and go and explore.

Hamish Bowles

Nothing helps make a leader more approachable than admitting your struggles, screw-ups and behind-the-scenes thinking on hard calls. If the leader makes this a priority, the whole company will be more open and methodical learning from failure.

Scott Weiss

Has Bill Clinton inspired idealism in the young, as he himself was inspired by John F. Kennedy? Or has he actually reduced their idealism? Surely part of the answer lies in Clinton’s personal moral lapse with Monica Lewinsky. But more important was his sin of omission – his failure to embrace a moral cause beyond popularity.

Arlie Russell Hochschild

The one trait in a lot of dyslexic people I know is that by the time we got out of college, our ability to deal with failure was very highly developed. And so we look at most situations and see much more of the upside than the downside.

Gary Cohn

Exercise, from a public health perspective, is an unmitigated failure. The world’s longest-lived people live in environments that nudge them into more movement. They don’t use power tools, they do their own yard work, they grow a garden.

Dan Buettner

Failure is not a crime. The crime is not trying.

Ron Dellums

That’s the conundrum of cartoon stripping, as opposed to political cartoons. When your anger is the driving force of your drawing hand, failure follows. The anger is OK, but it has to serve the interests of the heart, frankly.

Berkeley Breathed

If you try to do your best there is no failure.

Mike Farrell

My failure, during the first five or six years of my art training, to get set in the right direction, and the disappointment which it caused me, drove me the more persistently into writing as an alternative.

Laurence Housman

I think somehow you need to get to a certain point in your life where the notion of failure is absurd.

Jeff Tweedy

Like Lyndon Johnson, President Obama understands that timidity in a time of troubles is a prescription for failure.

Robert Dallek

Vietnam was a palpable failure. And of course, in retrospect, it was even more clearly a disaster and a failure than maybe people understood at the time.

Robert Dallek

The consequence of the Bay of Pigs failure wasn’t an acceptance of Castro and his control of Cuba but, rather, a renewed determination to bring him down by stealth.

Robert Dallek

With each film, you are still trying to get the length and measure right. And failure is all about others’ perception of you. When you have one success, they think you know it all. But if you fail, they think they know it all.

Mani Ratnam

I’ve discovered people in my lifetime who are like, ‘I always wanted to sing but… ‘ It’s like, ‘Well then, did you try?’ My thing was always not caring about failure.

Brian Tyree Henry

My Brat Pack buddies and I didn’t exactly handle celebrity very well. Success at an early age is far more difficult to handle than failure.

Judd Nelson

With failure, you just try again.

Judd Nelson

I find rejection or failure to be a really interesting and valuable experience.

Brian Grazer

It implies a slight failure as a writer that you are reduced to being a ghostwriter for the money.

Robert Harris

I don’t know if there’s a genetic marker for entrepreneurship. But if there is, it’s most likely not a genius for planning. It’s a propensity for action – and the ability to put failure behind you quickly. To stop being precious about your ideas.

Marc Randolph

Success and failure go hand in hand.

Sangram Singh

I read somewhere that failure is an event, not a person, but I never feel that way. It’s who I am.

Jeff Van Gundy

In policy arena after policy arena, Democrats respond to every failure of clunky government by proposing the addition of still more layers to 1960s-era bureaucracies as they break down.

Ben Sasse

The truth is that we have all gone through failure. I have personally as well as professionally experienced failure.

Mahira Khan

Failure is knowledge, and knowledge is success.

Mahira Khan

Man, failure was not an option whatsoever, ’cause I’m here to play music – that’s what I’ve been put on earth for.

Joey Jordison v

Mental health is a case study in Tory failure.

Angela Rayner

For years, media moguls and campaigns bankrolled by the rich have fed the lie that migrants are the cause of injustices propagated by the powerful: the failure to build housing, the strain on public services by cuts, the lack of secure jobs, the decline in real wages.

Owen Jones

After Mitt Romney’s defeat, the RNC released its official assessment of what happened – a failure to reach younger voters, nonwhite voters, women – but was met with a counter-narrative that, in fact, it was Romney’s failure to be conservative enough that led to a depressed Republican base.

Kristen Soltis Anderson

Learning to accept failure on multiple levels is, to my way of thinking, the key to become a world-class therapist. But that means humility, and setting your ego aside, while you develop superb new technical skills.

David D. Burns

You have to motivate people to take almost certain failure to get a small amount of success, which has driven our economy forward.

Edward Conard

I wanted to give an honest insight into a consuming Tour. It’s turned out pretty interesting because there aren’t many books out there documenting someone’s failure.

Bradley Wiggins

The failure of the White House and Congress to seriously address the nation’s fiscal situation is certain to broaden the belief among many voters that the U.S. political system is broken.

Ron Fournier

Failure is not an option. So, we’re committed to the success of not just our relationship but to raising two amazing girls… It’s dedication. We’ve anchored ourselves to a foundation of accountability, and we’ve set out to be successful at this, so we’re going to do it.

Ian Ziering

But I look at failure as education. In that respect, I am so well-educated.

Kathy Ireland

George Orwell’s science-fiction classic ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ wasn’t a failure because the future it predicted failed to come to pass. Rather, it was a resounding success because it helped us prevent that future.

Robert J. Sawyer

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.

Paramahansa Yogananda

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.

Alexandre Dumas

We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.

Amos Bronson Alcott

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

Albert Einstein

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.

Benjamin Franklin

To err is human, but it feels divine.

Mae West

One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.

Thomas Sowell

Remember that failure is an event, not a person.

Zig Ziglar

What is Failure?

Failure is the state or condition of failure to achieve a desired or expected goal, which can be perceived as the opposite of performance.

Product failure varies from the inability to market the product to product fracture, the field of forensic engineering in the worst cases leading to personal injury.