Failure Quotes

Failure Quotes
This is the huge, ultimate list of Failure Quotes!  Reading them will help you “keep-on-keeping-on”.

Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something. -Frederick Smith

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

Success builds character, failure reveals it. -Dave Checkett

A man may fall many times, but he won’t be a failure until he says that someone pushed him. -Elmer G. Letterman

It’s best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes. -Anne Baxter (1923-1985)

We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes.  We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t.  Success often lies just on the other side of failure. -Leo F. Buscaqlia

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

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 men fail because they quit too soon. They lose faith when the signs are against them. They do not have the courage to hold on, to keep fighting in spite of that which seems insurmountable. If more of us would strike out and attempt the “impossible,” we very soon would find the truth of that old saying that nothing is impossible… abolish fear and you can accomplish anything you wish. -Dr. C.E. Welch

At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done…then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago. -Frances Hodgson Burnett

Ambition is the last refuge of failure. -Oscar Wilde

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. -Mary Tyler Moore

If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You can give in to the failure messages and be a bitter deadbeat of excuses. Or you can choose to be happy and positive and excited about life. -A.L. Williams

Failure is an event, never a person. -William D. Brown

What can any of us do with his talent but try to develop his vision, so that through frequent failures we may learn better what we have missed in the past. -William Carlos

Try again. Fail again. Fail better. -Samuel Beckett

There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor; the unconquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when everyone else gives up, who pushes on when everyone else turns back. -Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

If you want to perform a good jump, sometimes you need to start by taking a step back. -German Proverb

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. -Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

One must be a god to be able to tell success from failures without making a mistake. -Anton Pavlovich

Who would not rather flounder in the fight than not have known the glory of the fray? -Richard Hovey (1869-1900)

Never face facts; if you do you’ll never get up in the morning. -Marlo Thomas

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. -Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Because a fellow has failed once or twice, or a dozen times, you don’t want to set him down as a failure until he’s dead or loses his courage…and that’s the same thing. -Geroge Lorimer

However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892)

Lack of will power has caused more failures than lack of intelligence or ability. -Flower A. Newhouse

There are defeats more triumphant than victories. -Michel de Montaigne

If we don’t see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach, but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect, we will immediately feel overwhelmed. -Anthony Robbins

Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure…it just means you haven’t succeeded yet. -Robert H. Schuller

If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you had tried to do nothing and succeeded. You must never regret what might have been. The past that did not happen is as hidden from us as the future we cannot see. -Richard Martin Stern

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There is no failure.  Only feedback. -Robert Allen

Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again. -W. Clement Stone (1902-2002)

Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it’s all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you’re willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you’re willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you’ve got the potential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces. -Joseph Sugarman

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

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

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. -Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

The man who lives for himself is a failure. Even if he gains much wealth, position or fortune, he is still a failure. The man who lives for others has achieved true success. A rich man who consecrates his wealth and his position to the good of humanity is a success. -Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

Nothing fails like success because we don’t learn from it.  We learn only from failure. -Kenneth Boudling

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 (1812-1904)

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

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. -Sir Winston Churchill

Failure does not count. If you accept this, you’ll be successful. What causes most people to fail is that after one failure, they’ll stop trying. -Frank Burford

The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything – and it works. -William Strong

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

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. -BF Skinner (1904-1990)

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

Why is it so painful to watch a person sink? Because there is something unnatural in it, for nature demands personal progress, evolution, and every backward step means wasted energy. -August J. Strindberg (1849-1912)

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

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. -Napoleon Hill

Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital. -Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons. -Denis Waitley

It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going. -Brian Tracy

Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus. -Bishop Robert South (1634-1716)

There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient. -Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)

Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. -Jim Rohn

What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better. -Wendell Phillips (1811-1884)

Everyone should fail in a big way at least once before reaching forty. -Al Neuharth

Most men fail, not through lack of education, but from lack of dogged determination, from lack of dauntless will. -Orison Swett Marden

There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them. -Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987)

No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong. -Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage “coaches” ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. -Herbert Kaufman

We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach. The answer is simple: if you want something very badly, you can achieve it. It may take patience, very hard work, a real struggle, and a long time; but it can be done. That much faith is a prerequisite of any undertaking. -Margo Jones

Success is 99 percent failure. -Soichiro Honda (1906-1991)

We fail far more often by timidity than by over-daring. -David Grayson (1870-1946)

Failure is God’s own tool for carving some of the finest outlines in the character of his children. -Thomas Hodgkin

To try and fail is at least to learn. To fail to try is to suffer the loss of what might have been. -Benjamin Franklin

No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes. -William E. Gladstone (1809-1888)

Mistakes and errors are the discipline through which we advance. -William Ellery Channing (1780-1842)

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. -George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. -Louis E. Boone

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    • laura
    • October 30, 2010

    I love all of these, so many of us are so afraid of failure we get easily deterred. Thanks Shawn needed a failure quotes page right now 🙂

    • Dinah
    • October 31, 2010

    Thanks Shawn, I always look forward to your emails. These ones on failure are so good. Love them.

    • Jana Smith
    • May 6, 2012

    really enjoy the quotes. Sometimes they make my day. Thanks so much Jana

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