Fear of Failure Quotes

fear of failure quotes

Here`s a subject we can all relate to: Fear of Failure

Ok, maybe not everyone reading this has this fear.  But we`re not all super-humans.

For those of us who need little pick-me-up`s to help in this area, here are some quotes on the fear of failure:

1. They fail, and they alone, who have not striven. -Thomas Bailey Aldrich

2. He that is down needs fear no fall. -John Bunyan

3. I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best. -John Keats

4. It is foolish to fear what you cannot avoid. -Publius Syrus

5. Go back a little to leap further. -John Clarke

6. Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is leaping. -Thomas Hood

7. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. -Theodore Roosevelt

8. Our doubts are our traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. -William Shakespeare

9. There is no impossibility to him who stands prepared to conquer every hazard. The fearful are the failing. -Sarah J. Hale

10. We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do. -Samuel Smiles

11. Failure teaches success. -Japanese Saying

12. There is no failure except in no longer trying. -Elbert Hubbard

13. Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air. -Johann Schiller

14. Do one thing every day that scares you. -Eleanor Roosevelt

15. If your life is free from failure, you’re not taking enough risks. -Anonymous

16. Many great ideas have been lost because people who had them could not stand being laughed at. -Anonymous

17. You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky

18. I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean. -G.K. Chesterton

19. To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. -Soren Kierkegaard

20. We fail more often by timidity than by over-daring. -David Grayson

21. One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. -Andre Gide

22. Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. -Anonymous

23. To win you have to risk loss. -Jean-Claude Killy

24. To eat an egg, you must break the shell. -Jamaican Proverb

25. The more chance there is of stubbing your toe, the more chance you have of stepping into success. -Anonymous

26. It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves—in finding themselves. -Andre Gide

27. There are those who are so scrupulously afraid of doing wrong that they seldom venture to do anything. -Vauvenargues

28. If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being? -Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

29. The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not a closet. -Lord Philip Chesterfield

30. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. -Anonymous

31. Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing. -Unknown

32. There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming. -Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

33. Humans, with the capacities of higher-order thinking, can overcome limiting behaviors and fears. -Paul R. Scheele

34. Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not. -Virgil Thomson

35. Fear is the single strongest motivating force in our lives. The more frightened you become, the better your chances of achieving successes. -Lois Korey

36. The most ominous of fallacies: the belief that things can be kept static by inaction. -Freya Stark (1893-1993)

37. When thinking won’t cure fear, action will. -W. Clement Stone (1902-2002)

38. Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them. -Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

39. Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. -James Stephens (1882-1950)

40.  Do what you fear and fear disappears. -David J. Schwartz

41. Whenever we’re afraid, its because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid. -Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)

42. Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. -Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

43. If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been. -Robert H. Schuller

Wow! There are quite a few good ones here. 

Which ones jump out at you? 

What are you going to do now that all your fears are gone?

-Shawn

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Comments

    • Sina
    • September 1, 2009
    Reply

    Thanks for the quotes. There were some I haven’t heard of before.
    The one that got met thinking the most was:
    Do one thing every day that scares you. -Eleanor Roosevelt

    I adore every single quote by that woman. Or the ones by her husband.

    • Jani
    • September 1, 2009
    Reply

    Thanks…

    I like this quote: “Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.” -Anonymous and this as well: “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” -Soren Kierkegaard.

    Regards,
    Jani

    • Benny
    • September 2, 2009
    Reply

    hey, thanks for the quotes on fear of failure. The one I like most is, “Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. -Anonymous”. It just gives you the right attitude to taking risks.

    • Victor
    • September 2, 2009
    Reply

    These are great quotes. I think we all have our fears though in varying degrees. I have been challenged by the fact that if you ‘Do one thing every day that scares you’ you would have conquered the fear within.

    • Zeenath Ismail
    • September 2, 2009
    Reply

    wow nice one……….i like this one “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.”

    • josie
    • September 2, 2009
    Reply

    The fence of Life.

    On one side the energy of Love; goodness, trust, honesty, intergrity,patience etc.

    On the other side the energy of Fear; doubt,anger.impatience,distrust,worry,guilt,etc.

    Which side of the fence will you choose to govern you today?

    • Happie
    • September 2, 2009
    Reply

    This is great,
    It just keeps me moving, i can’t imagine how strong and confident i have become after reading the fear of failur quotes..

    Well done Shawn… Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Leonora Dompor
    • September 2, 2009
    Reply

    Failures,problems,trials,disappointments are just visitors,They come and go leaving us with wisdom,strength,knowledge,peace,maturity,growth,love,learnings,lessons.

    by:UNI DOMPOR

    • Samuel Okonkwo
    • September 2, 2009
    Reply

    Great shawn. These words are nuggets for life

  1. Reply

    Do one thing every day that scares you. -Eleanor Roosevelt

    If your life is free from failure, you’re not taking enough risks. -Anonymous

    These are my faves. Thanks for the list. Your lists always encourage me and give me something new to think about.

    • Jonathan
    • September 2, 2009
    Reply

    Wow, these quotes are great and after thinking about it, the most successful people have failed the most (Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, etc) so yeah, failure is a sign for us to turn things around.

  2. Reply

    i like your quotetion very much that is fear in life.

  3. Reply

    it is the great job we learn something your quotetion

    • Adalia John
    • September 5, 2009
    Reply

    I re posted because my site address is incorrect. Great quotes. I love Eleanor’s – Do one thing everyday that scares you. That is powerful and we follow that we will be powerful

    Thanks

    • Line Lamothe
    • September 9, 2009
    Reply

    These quotes on the Fear of Failure are amazing. I can relate to the quote “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves — in finding themselves.” After ending a bad marriage where I lost my own identity, it was through my own personal adventures in life that I was able to find myself. It was through these adventures where I gained my confidence and now I know who I am.

    • Kavita
    • September 10, 2009
    Reply

    Nice quotes Shawn.
    I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best. -John Keats
    is my favorite one.

    • Myke Merrill
    • September 29, 2009
    Reply

    I read a quote but no attribution. Does anyone know the source of this quote: “I am not afraid of failure, I am afraid of succeeding at something with no eternal significance.”

    • PASCUA, JOHN N.
    • March 2, 2010
    Reply

    FAILURE IS NOT A DEFEAT!!

    • piere faalangst
    • March 31, 2010
    Reply

    Great quotes. The quotes I do like most are #14 and the Jamaican Proverb #24.
    I’ve recently learned how to get over fears like fear of failure. These selfhelp thechniques are based on Energy Psychology and are called EFT. It’s a great method to bust your fears.

    • cherrie
    • June 28, 2010
    Reply

    The quotes made think more positively about failure..fear takes alot of energy.

  4. Reply

    Quotes can help you to understand your fear of failure, in the Netherlands it’s called ‘faalangst’, better. However would be great if you’re able to cure the underlying cause of fear of failure. The cuase of this fear are disruptions in the energysystem of your body.

    • ness
    • September 11, 2010
    Reply

    you are one of a kind, ms.oprah….

    • Laurie
    • April 9, 2011
    Reply

    I was inspired by all these quotes. There has been something I’ve been putting off for fear of failure, after reading these I now feel like I will go for it. After all,”14. Do one thing every day that scares you. -Eleanor Roosevelt” She was one smart cookie!

    • Dipak Rajkumar
    • February 17, 2012
    Reply

    I was inspired by this quote ”They fail they alone, who have not striven”

    • Dipak Rajkumar
    • February 17, 2012
    Reply

    This motivation quote inspired everyone ”It is foolish to fear what you cannot avoid”

    • Katarina
    • March 10, 2012
    Reply

    One of my all-time faves is: You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky

    • meherhossain
    • May 5, 2012
    Reply

    Wonderful quote! You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky

    • Gurdip Singh
    • May 5, 2012
    Reply

    I was inspired by this quote . Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.

    • Ray Penner
    • July 31, 2012
    Reply

    What happened to my notifications? I miss them

    1. Reply

      They’ll be back soon. I was just in a slump.

    • Pranita deshpande
    • October 14, 2015
    Reply

    My life is full of fear & failures but with the help of spirituality i overcome it. Thanks for your nice quotes.

    1. Reply

      Glad I could help. Thanks for letting me know. -Shawn

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