Famous Failure Quotes To Motivate You

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There is no failure except in no longer trying.

A love of nature is a consolation against failure.

We all have anxiety about things. We all have little insecurities, but eventually you have to face your fears if you want to be successful, and everybody has some fear of failure.

Success is never final, but failure can be.

Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.

Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.

If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.

If you’re the type of person who has to fulfill your dreams, you’ve gotta be resourceful to make sure you can do it. I came out to California when I was 21, thinking my New York credentials would take me all the way. I came back home a year later all dejected and a failure.

In the different voice of women lies the truth of an ethic of care, the tie between relationship and responsibility, and the origins of aggression in the failure of connection.

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.

The lessons I learned from my mother and her friends have guided me through death, birth, loss, love, failure, and achievement, on to a Fulbright scholarship and Harvard Business School. They taught me to believe that anything was possible. They have proven to be the strongest family values I could ever have imagined.

My fears are never about failure – it’s about extreme success.

True leaders don’t invest in buildings. Jesus never built a building. They invest in people. Why? Because success without a successor is failure. So your legacy should not be in buildings, programs, or projects; your legacy must be in people.

Failure is central to engineering. Every single calculation that an engineer makes is a failure calculation. Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.

There’s no such thing as failure – just waiting for success.

You have to be able to accept failure to get better.

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.

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

Jobs for every American is doomed to failure because of modern automation and production. We ought to recognize it and create an income-maintenance system so every single American has the dignity and the wherewithal for shelter, basic food, and medical care. I’m talking about welfare for all. Without it, you’re going to have warfare for all.

For my first show at ‘SNL’, I wrote a Bill Clinton sketch, and during our read-through, it wasn’t getting any laughs. This weight of embarrassment came over me, and I felt like I was sweating from my spine out. But I realized, ‘Okay, that happened, and I did not die.’ You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it.

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.

‘No one can make you successful; the will to success comes from within.’ I’ve made this my motto. I’ve internalized it to the point of understanding that the success of my actions and/or endeavors doesn’t depend on anyone else, and that includes a possible failure.

Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.

My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.

One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.

Failure isn’t an option. I’ve erased the word ‘fear’ from my vocabulary, and I think when you erase fear, you can’t fail.

In our business, things look like a failure until they’re not. It’s pretty binary transitions.

My father was a dreamer – my hero. He was a smart, tough guy from Poland, a cutter of lady’s handbags, an old socialist-unionist who always considered himself a failure. His big line was: ‘Don’t end up like me.’

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

Success and failure are both part of life. Both are not permanent.

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.

At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.

I hate failure and that divorce was a Number One failure in my eyes. It was the worst period of my life. Neither Desi nor I have been the same since, physically or mentally.

The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.

Every stumble is not a fall, and every fall does not mean failure.

Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.

No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.

Foreign aid is neither a failure nor a panacea. It is, instead, an important tool of American policy that can serve the interests of the United States and the world if wisely administered.

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

It’s not necessary to fear the prospect of failure but to be determined not to fail.

I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.

Failure is good. It’s fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching, I’ve learned from making mistakes.

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

Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure.

People who have a sense of self-efficacy bounce back from failure; they approach things in terms of how to handle them rather than worrying about what can go wrong.

Lead yourself whenever your boss’ leadership deteriorates. When your boss doesn’t praise what you do, praise yourself. When your boss doesn’t make you big, make yourself big. Remember, if you have done your best, failure does not count.

I don’t see divorce as a failure. I see it as the end to a story. In a story, everything has an end and a beginning.

I’ve had a lot of success; I’ve had failures, so I learn from the failure.

I believe in never giving up, no matter what the odds. My mantra is, ‘Failure is temporary. Giving up is permanent.’

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

A traveller must buy his own experience, and success or failure depends mainly on personal idiosyncrasies.

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

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

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

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

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.

Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.

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.

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.

There’s a silly notion that failure’s not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.

The first thing successful people do is view failure as a positive signal to success.

Our inner beliefs trigger failure before it happens. They sabotage lasting change by canceling its possibility. We employ these beliefs as articles of faith to justify our inaction and then wish away the result. I call them belief triggers.

Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.

I don’t take success and failure seriously. The only thing I do seriously is march forward. If I fall, I get up and march again.

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

I have a tendency to sabotage relationships; I have a tendency to sabotage everything. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of being afraid. Useless, good-for-nothing thoughts.

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

I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.

Whether you’re successful or not, you’ll never actually feel the joys of accomplishment unless you love yourself. Success can be very difficult to deal with. You have to stay in the center. If you let your success define you, then you’re really just setting yourself up for failure.

I’m living life as best I can – but I’m not exempt from failure and making bad choices.

If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.

I’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’ Success is never final; I’ll just keep on going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them.

Poverty is about people lacking the tools they need to get on in life. And solving it is about tackling educational failure, antisocial behaviour, debt problems and addiction, and of course it’s about work.

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

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.

When you believe in your dream and your vision, then it begins to attract its own resources. No one was born to be a failure.

You shouldn’t be afraid of failure – when something fails, you think, ‘What did I learn from that experience? I can do better next time.’ Then kill that project and move on to the next. Don’t get disappointed.

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.

Be greedy for social change, and your life will be endlessly enriched. The only failure lies in not trying, or giving up.

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

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

The failure of academic feminists to recognize difference as a crucial strength is a failure to reach beyond the first patriarchal lesson. In our world, divide and conquer must become define and empower.

Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.

Failure is an enigma. You worry about it, and it teaches you something.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.

Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone.

You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try – you don’t take the risk.

The very nature of finance is that it cannot be profitable unless it is significantly leveraged… and as long as there is debt, there can be failure and contagion.

Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.

Your ability to adapt to failure, and navigate your way out of it, absolutely 100 percent makes you who you are.

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.

Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.

A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.

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

I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.

I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed.

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.

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.

You look at any culture, and prohibition has invariably been an unmitigated failure. It is just idiotic to criminalise any substance, I think.

Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.

Tenacity is not about avoiding being overwhelmed but being indomitable in the face of the overwhelming odds of your venture’s failure.

At first I wasn’t sure that I had the talent, but I did know I had a fear of failure, and that fear compelled me to fight off anything that might abet it.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Progress requires setbacks; the only sure way to avoid failure is not to try.

Failure saves lives. In the airline industry, every time a plane crashes the probability of the next crash is lowered by that. The Titanic saved lives because we’re building bigger and bigger ships. So these people died, but we have effectively improved the safety of the system, and nothing failed in vain.

So many people view the war on drugs as a failure, as something that was perhaps intended and carried out with good intentions but very badly executed.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

We dissect failure a lot more than we dissect success.

Without failure there is no achievement.

The woman is a gentle, loving bond who encourages, consoles, builds, reconciles, and makes all things new and vibrant. The woman is strength in time of suffering, courageous in failure, intuitive in time of danger. A woman is ingenuous when all fails, resourceful in times of want, and a true helpmate for man.

Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.

Never be afraid to fail. Failure is only a stepping stone to improvement. Never be overconfident because that will block your improvement.

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

The hippy movement was a failure.

Most organizations don’t fall apart as a result of one big blow. Most relationships don’t end because of one grand argument. Most lives don’t fall to pieces due to one sad event. No, I suggest to you that sustained failure happens as the consequence of small, daily acts of neglect that stack up over time to lead to a blow up – and break down.

Cheerfully fessing up to our failures turns crazy mind off, humility and compassion on. I learned this in a karate dojo that had a strange tradition. Everyone there loved recounting failure stories, and after an evening of smacking one another, we’d sit and have a beer while the students swapped tales of martial arts disaster.

Engineering is achieving function while avoiding failure.

The story of Detroit’s bankruptcy was simple enough: Allow capitalism to grow the city, campaign against income inequality, tax the job creators until they flee, increase government spending in order to boost employment, promise generous pension plans to keep people voting for failure. Rinse, wash and repeat.

We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don’t. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.

I’ve tried to handle winning well, so that maybe we’ll win again, but I’ve also tried to handle failure well. If those serve as good examples for teachers and kids, then I hope that would be a contribution I have made to sport. Not just basketball, but to sport.

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

If you try to do your best there is no failure.

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.

The only failure is not to try.

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

Different parts of the world have different attitudes to failure. Arguably, it may take more courage to be an entrepreneur in Sydney, or Paris, or London, or Japan, or Singapore… but an entrepreneur sees the world for what it could be, not what it is.

The only real failure is giving up.

Failure is success if we learn from it.

If something’s important enough, you should try. Even if you – the probable outcome is failure.

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

Fear of failure, it’s the greatest motivational tool. It drives me and drives me and drives me.

We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.

Big companies are like marching bands. Even if half the band is playing random notes, it still sounds kind of like music. The concealment of failure is built into them.

Never be afraid of failure. And don’t stop yourself from doing something you want to do because of what others might think. Only you know yourself best.

Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.

If we don’t succeed we run the risk of failure.

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.

If you can’t admit a failure, you’re not an entrepreneur. You are not a good business person. There’s nothing brilliant about what you are doing.

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.

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

I’ve never been a jealous person, and I’ve never felt built up by someone else’s failure – that’s a cheap thrill.

It’s about not having doubt in your mind and staying focused and not having any preconceived notion about failure. It’s just looking forward and staying positive.

Daring is doing. Daring is asking something outrageous despite your chances of failure and rejection. Daring is going out on a limb by believing in something that no one else understands, and if all fails, daring is trying again.

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.

If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure.

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

Inability to make decisions is one of the principal reasons executives fail. Deficiency in decision-making ranks much higher than lack of specific knowledge or technical know-how as an indicator of leadership failure.

My failures may be my greatest successes. It is in failure that I have often drawn closer to God, learn to depend more on Him than myself, gained self-knowledge, and seen things in their right perspective.

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.

The business of biomedical research is mostly about failure. Few projects we commission will ultimately result in success. But every study we do contributes to the body of knowledge that brings science and society closer to a solution.

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.

The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.

It is in our genes that we think of breaking up when we love and of failure and fall when we succeed.

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King.

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.

Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it’s only kept a secret from the person who fails.

Ultimately there is no such thing as failure. There are lessons learned in different ways.

An open-minded and diverse population that readily shares information, encourages experimentation, accepts failure and dispenses with formality and hierarchy is what makes Silicon Valley the successful hub that it is.

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.

The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by my failures.

Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.

In Chicago, you have an absence of strong family units, and that absence gets filled by gangs. You have a failure in the school system, after-school programs and other social programs to help keep kids off the streets. Amnesty International speaks to that in some way, by keeping these issues in the forefront.

Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?

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

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.

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.

There’s always failure. And there’s always disappointment. And there’s always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.

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

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

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

With improvisation, I just do it. It might be a total failure but then you just throw the dice again.

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.

Enjoy failure and learn from it. You can never learn from success.

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

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.

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.

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.

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

So many financial dreams are thwarted by the failure to act upon good intentions.

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage ‘coaches’ ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.

I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.

Failure is a word unknown to me.

In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.

I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success.

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day – as long as you treat it that way.

There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.

Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can’t go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure is a cancerous way to live.

If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless.

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.

If you aren’t learning, you are regressing, because more growth comes from failure than from success.

Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is… the highway to success.

No man is a failure who is enjoying life.

No man can be a failure if he thinks he’s a success; If he thinks he is a winner, then he is.

Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.

When I served as prime minister last time, I failed to prioritize my agenda. I was eager to complete everything at once, and ended my administration in failure. After resigning, for six years I traveled across the nation simply to listen.

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

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.

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.

Where do we enroll in Life 101? Where are the classes dealing with the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, the failure of a relationship? Unfortunately, those lessons are mostly learned through trial by fire and the school of hard knocks.

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life.

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.

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a godly person. Yet when I look at the yesterdays of my life, what I see, mostly, is a broken, irregular path littered with mistakes and failure. I have had temporary successes and isolated moments of closeness to God, but I long for the continuing presence of Jesus.

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

Life is bigger than cinema. Cinema is just a part of life, so I never take success or failure seriously.

The Bush Administration’s failure to be consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world.

Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.

If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher, the law of averages – not to mention the myth of Icarus – predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure.

Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.

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.

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

Love is such a powerful subject matter because it comes in so many different shapes and sizes. It’s about timing, fate, failure, redemption.

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