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Quotations about Failure
NOTE: Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors. —ღ Terri, March 2021
Don't make a tragedy of a simple failure. Study your capabilities first, and if you have overrated their strength, try again, going more slowly. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Don'ts for Girls, 1902
If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Failure is an event, never a person. ~William D. Brown, Welcome Stress!
The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything — and it works. ~William Strong
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~Thomas Edison
There is no failure except in no longer trying. ~Elbert Hubbard
Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~Mary Pickford
Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ~Samuel Beckett
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure... it just means you haven't succeeded yet. ~Robert Schuller
One fails forward toward success. ~Charles F. Kettering
One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake. ~Anton Chekhov
A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says that someone pushed him. ~Elmer G. Letterman
If by a failure you mean an attempt — yes, you're right. ~Rudolf Besier, The Barretts of Wimpole Street: A Comedy in Three Acts, 1930 (Elizabeth Barrett to Robert Browning)
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
Just once it might be instructive to pretend you're accepting an award for failure, just to see who you would thank. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
In a world flagrant with the failures of civilization, what is there particularly immortal about our own? ~G.K. Chesterton
They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward. ~Thomas Edison
There are defeats more triumphant than victories. ~Michel de Montaigne
Failure is not frailty.
Success never guarantees.
Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God. ~Charles Horton Cooley
Whenever you leave behind failure you’re doing good. If you think everything you’ve done is great, you’re probably dumb. ~Louis C.K.
Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, "I have failed three times," and what happens when he says, "I am a failure." ~S.I. Hayakawa
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience. ~Elbert Hubbard
Success is a shell — don't let it harden around your ego.
Failure is a shell — don't let it harden around your ambition.
No man is a failure who is enjoying life. ~William Feather
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford
Because a fellow has failed once or twice or a dozen times, you don't want to set him down as a failure till he's dead or loses his courage. ~George Horace Lorimer
You can't have any successes unless you can accept failure. ~George Cukor
There is no failure. Only feedback. ~Robert Allen
Failure changes for the better, success for the worse. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca
There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success. ~Max Beerbohm, Mainly on the Air, 1946
You always pass failure on your way to success. ~Mickey Rooney
Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it. We learn only from failure. ~Kenneth Boudling
Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through success; they often succeed through failures. ~Author Unknown
The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. ~Lloyd Jones
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