quotations The Best Quotes About Failure  

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A list of the best failure quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous failure quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic failure quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational failure quotes from that same writer.

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To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. James Allen

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Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.

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

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My downfall raises me to infinite heights. Napoleon Bonaparte

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On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.

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There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success. Max Beerbohm

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Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett

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We pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free. Tom Robbins Before you give up hope, turn back and read the attacks that were made on Lincoln. Bruce Barton

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There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention. James Baldwin

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

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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. William Faulkner

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

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

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We are all failures -- at least, all the best of us are. J. M. Barrie

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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. Georges Clémenceau

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

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To win you've got to stay in the game. Claude M. Bristol

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Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success. Thomas Chandler Haliburton

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You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the next level of accomplishment. Les Brown

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Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. Napoleon Hill

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Everything ultimately fails, for we die, and that is either the penultimate failure or our most enigmatical achievement. Edward Dahlberg

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Failure, then, failure! so the world stamps us at every turn. We strew it with our blunders, our misdeeds, our lost opportunities, with all the memorials of our inadequacy to our vocation. And with what a damning emphasis does it then blot us out! No easy fine, no mere apology or formal expiation, will satisfy the world's demands, but every pound of flesh exacted is soaked with all its blood. The subtlest forms of suffering known to man are connected with the poisonous humiliations incidental to these results. William James

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I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying. Tom Hopkins

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

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They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor. Eric Hoffer

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No man is a failure who is enjoying life. William Feather

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A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake. Confucius

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You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. Walt Disney

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Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. Thomas Edison

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I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. Thomas Edison

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

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

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You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere. Charles F. Kettering

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Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy

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No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong. François de La Rochefoucauld

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People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure. Laozi

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Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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To reprove small faults within due vehemence, is as absurd as if a man should take a great hammer to kill a fly on his friend's forehead.

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No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes. William Ewart Gladstone

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Failure too is a form of death... Graham Greene

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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

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

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And nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope. Robert Frost

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If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate. François Fénelon

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Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory. Orison Swett Marden

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

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Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles. Jawaharlal Nehru

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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

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Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. Richard Nixon