100 Quotes About failure

No one ever said success would be easy, and that is definitely true when it comes to failure. Everyone has their own way of handling failure, but these 100 quotes about failing will give you a little bit of insight into how others have coped with this challenging part of life. From famous authors to successful businessmen, these quotes will make you think about how you can use failure to your advantage. So, don’t be afraid to fail – just learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward!
quotes about failure

Why is failure important?

Though it may not seem like it at first, failure is actually one of the most important aspects of life. It is through failing that we learn and grow as individuals. Without failure, we would never know what we are truly capable of.

Think about it – if you’ve never failed at anything, how do you know how far you can push yourself? How do you know what your true limits are? Failure is essential for helping us to understand ourselves and our capabilities better.

In addition, failure teaches us important lessons that can help us to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. We learn to be more resilient and adaptable, two essential skills that can help us to succeed in life.

One of the most important ways failure can lead to success is by providing opportunities for reflection. When we fail at something, it’s natural to pause and reflect on what went wrong and why. We often forget how valuable this process of introspection can be – in failing, we’re forced to review our plans or processes so that we can make changes or improvements next time around. However, even if we don’t learn anything new from our failures, the act of reflection still allows us to strengthen our existing knowledge and skillsets and develop our resilience when faced with similar challenges in the future.

Failing also allows us to become more creative problem solvers. When faced with a difficult problem or challenge, rather than sticking with traditional solutions or approaches which may have failed previously, failing encourages us to look at things differently and come up with unique solutions that could help us succeed in the end. This kind of creativity is a key trait found in successful people – they understand that sometimes one needs to take risks if they want big rewards!

Finally, failure can be used as motivation for hard work and dedication. It’s easy to take successes for granted but when faced with failure it forces us out of our comfort zone and into a place where hard work becomes necessary if one is going to try again and ultimately succeed. Even if one fails again after putting in a lot of effort, the progress made along the way will not go unnoticed – this valuable experience serves as further proof that good things come from perseverance and effort over time!

Quotes About failure

1. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

2. I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan

3. Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge

4. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. – Abraham Lincoln

Thought:Everyone experiences failure at some point in life, it’s unavoidable. What really matters is whether you allow failure to define who you are or if you learn from it and find the strength to come out of it a better and more resilient person. Too often we look down on ourselves for having failed, when really we should be using that feeling as fuel to thrive and grow in new ways. It’s important to remember that rather than dwelling on one failure, strive for a breakthrough and focus your energy on what you can do to make the most of any situation. In the end, contentment with your own efforts is far more rewarding than being complacent with defeat.

5. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because 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. – Steve Jobs

6. I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. – Tony Robbins

7. Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. – Benjamin Franklin

8. Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. – C. S. Lewis

9. Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. – Napoleon Hill

10. Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do. – Napoleon Hill

11. It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. – Bill Gates

12. Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. – Oscar Wilde

13. Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing. – H. Stanley Judd

14. We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. – Rudyard Kipling

15. One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them. – Thomas Sowell

16. If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. – Zig Ziglar

Thought: It is easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged in the face of defeat. However, embracing defeats as life lessons can be a valuable tool on the journey to success. Rather than dwelling on the negative implications of failure, take each defeat as a learning experience and an opportunity for growth. Treat each misstep or missed goal as an indication that something should be adjusted, changed, or taken away going forward. When viewed with this perspective, “failure” becomes a thing of beauty – teaching us more about ourselves and our abilities than any victory ever could. With an open mind, any difficult situation can be looked at through a lens of growth rather than despair; allowing you to ultimately persevere through tough times and come out triumphant on the other side.

17. A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. – John Burroughs

18. Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are. – Norman Vincent Peale

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

20. You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give. – E. O. Wilson

21. Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. – Sivananda

22. Remember that failure is an event, not a person. – Zig Ziglar

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

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

25. 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

26. When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. – George Bernard Shaw

27. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. – Colin Powell

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

29. There is no failure except in no longer trying. – Elbert Hubbard

30. 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

31. I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. – Oprah Winfrey

32. There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. – Tony Robbins

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

34. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel

Thought: Many of the world’s great success stories are tales of those who dared to challenge their own perceived limitations, unaware of how often they might fail along the way. These people don’t fully understand the concept of failure; they press forward with relentless enthusiasm determined to find a pathway to success. They focus on potential pathways rather than barriers, devote themselves with unwavering conviction, and eventually break through to realize their ambitions. Those of us who have faced failure in our lives can take inspiration from these examples. We must recognize that while failure may seem inevitable at times, perseverance is the quality which leads us one step closer to realizing our dreams.

35. 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. – B. F. Skinner

36. If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative. – Woody Allen

37. Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. – Thomas A. Edison

38. Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. – Wilma Rudolph

39. One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king. – Abraham Maslow

40. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. – J. K. Rowling

41. Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances. – Orison Swett Marden

42. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. – Thomas A. Edison

43. I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try. – Nikki Giovanni

44. I think you can have 10,000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success. – Paulo Coelho

45. It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes… we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions – especially selfish ones. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

46. To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives. – Denis Waitley

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

48. Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. – Benjamin Disraeli

49. Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better. – Samuel Beckett

Thought: Along the road to success there may be many instances of failure, but instead of being discouraged by such failures we should always be mindful that failure is simply part of the process, and that each failure is an opportunity to learn from mistakes or missteps and in doing so apply what we’ve learned to the next go around. So don’t worry about failing, fail as many times as you need to, learn from each failure and use it to get better.

50. Failure is a word unknown to me. – Muhammad Ali Jinnah

51. All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success. – Dorthea Brande

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

53. Every failure is a step to success. – William Whewell

54. You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which ‘clicks.’ – Florence Scovel Shinn

55. 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

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

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

58. We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing. – Robert E. Lee

59. Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe. – Sumner Redstone

60. For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. – Mary Kay Ash

61. Success comes when people act together failure tends to happen alone. – Deepak Chopra

62. They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure. – James Allen

63. Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. – Richard Branson

64. The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. – Paramahansa Yogananda

65. The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did – which was to hide. – James A. Baldwin

66. There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. – Michel de Montaigne

67. It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. – Roger Babson

68. All human actions are equivalent… and all are on principle doomed to failure. – Carl Sandburg

69. Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it. – Mia Hamm

70. Indecision and delays are the parents of failure. – George Canning

Thought: It is often said that life is short and time marches on. Delaying decisions or being indecisive can be extremely costly, leading to missed opportunities or not getting the desired outcome. Therefore, it’s important to recognize when we are delaying decisions unnecessarily or being overly hesitant in our actions, as this can lead directly to failure. While taking time to consider consequences and weigh options is advisable, persisting too long in the deliberation process can deny us of achieving our goals before it’s too late. Keeping this axiom at heart provides a helpful reminder about the potentially unfavorable outcomes of indecision and delay.

71. A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. – Alexandre Dumas

72. Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures. – Bernard Baruch

73. If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style. – Quentin Crisp

74. Success and failure are equally disastrous. – Tennessee Williams

75. Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal. – Mike Ditka

76. It is not a disgrace to fail. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. – Charles Kettering

77. Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure. – Knute Rockne

78. The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure. – Laurence J. Peter

79. You gotta lose ’em some of the time. When you do, lose ’em right. – Casey Stengel

80. The only risk of failure is promotion. – Scott Adams

81. We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes. – Amos Bronson Alcott

82. Do not let your ambitions become a sanctuary for your failures. – Bryant H. McGill

83. A life which does not go into action is a failure. – Arnold J. Toynbee

84. I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success. – J. Paul Getty

85. There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat. – Ann Landers

86. Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure. – Soichiro Honda

87. A hatred of failure has always been part of my nature. – Paul Getty

88. Success is never final, but failure can be. – Bill Parcells

89. Failure is always an option. – Adam Savage

90. Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act. – Andre Malraux

91. Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. – Andy Grove

Thought: Complacency is a dangerous threat to anyone’s success, and that warning has rang true for time immemorial. It’s easy to become content with the status quo when we find ourselves in the midst of achievement, but it pays to remain vigilant and take nothing for granted; without proper vigilance, success can quickly turn into failure. This relentless pursuit of excellence is exactly why famous entrepreneurs such as Andrew Grove proclaim that “only the paranoid survive”. We must never lose sight of our goals and ambitions as we climb our way up the ladder of success – if we hope to remain above it all.

92. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. – Mike Murdock

93. Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself. – Luc de Clapiers

94. It would be great to be able to pass on to someone all of the successes, the failures, and the knowledge that one has had. To help someone, avoid all the fire, pain and anxiety would be wonderful. – Sylvester Stallone

95. Don’t be afraid of failure be afraid of petty success. – Maude Adams

96. My life has been nothing but a failure. – Claude Monet

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

98. Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets. – Michael Korda

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

100. We may be personally defeated, but our principles never! – William Lloyd Garrison

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