50 Quotes About Failure

Failure As Compost

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“There is no failure.  Only feedback.”  ~Robert Allen

“Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.” ~ Anonymous

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

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~Henry Ford

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” ~Confucius

“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.” ~Thomas A. Edison

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~Albert Einstein

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” ~Zig Ziglar

“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

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

“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.” ~ Anthony D’Angelo

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

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~Michael Jordan

“I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  ~Thomas Edison

“If at first you don?t succeed, think how many people you?ve made happy.” ~H. Duane Black

“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts. ~John Wooden

“My reputation grows with every failure.” ~George Bernard Shaw

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

“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. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

“You always pass failure on your way to success.”  ~Mickey Rooney

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.” ~ Niels Bohr

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ~― Salvador Dalí

“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” ~John Dewey

“To be wrong is nothing unless you continue to remember it.”  ~Confucius

“Act as if it were impossible to fail.” ~Dorothea Brande

“Do not fear mistakes, there are none.” ~Miles Davis

“I failed my way to success.” ~Thomas Edison

A man’s doubts and fears are his worst enemies.” ~William Wrigley Jr.

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” ~Ken Robinson

“The only real failure in life is one not learned from.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure… it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” ~Robert Schuller

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~Scott Adams

“Failure cannot cope with persistence.” ~Napoleon Hill

“I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones. ” ~John Peel

“There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life. But failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.” ~ Hank Aaron

“The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try.” ~Peter Drucker

“The only time you mustn’t fail is the last time you try.” ~— Charles F. Kettering

“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

“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” ~Robert H. Schuller

“There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?” ~Michael Jordan

“When one door closes another door opens, but we so 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

“You never fail until you stop trying.” ~ Albert Einstien

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”  ~Lance Armstrong

“There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done, and those who don’t want to make mistakes.” ~John Maxwell

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” ~Zig Ziglar

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

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~Elbert Hubbard

“You can’t have any successes unless you can accept failure.” ~George Cukor

“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.” ~Charles F. Kettering

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