Favorite Quotations

“Success has made failures of many men.”

Cindy Adams

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Scott Adams

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”

Stella Adler

“Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.”

African Proverb

“There is no failure. Only feedback.”

Robert Allen

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

Woody Allen

“We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.”

Amos Bronson Alcott

“Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.”

Amos Bronson Alcott

“If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.”

M.H. Alderson

“For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?”

James Allen

“It’s simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do.”

John R. Amos

“Ski instructors are taught that if their students aren't falling at least once per run they are not learning new, improved form.”

American Ski Instructors Association

“To succeed, you have to be open to problems. You have to be open to failure. And as you go up the ladder, you gain the right to get more problems.”

Dave Anderson

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”

Maya Angelou

“It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

Aristotle

“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.”

Isaac Asimov

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny...’”

Isaac Asimov

“Success, or failure, very often arrives on wings that seem mysterious to us.”

Dr. Marcus Bach

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.”

Richard Bach

“Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.”

Francis Bacon

“Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.”

Francis Bacon

“If at first you don’t succeed, try to hide your astonishment.”

Harry F. Banks

“The closer one gets to the top, the more one finds there is no ‘top.’”

Nancy Barcus

“To try and fail is at least to learn; to fail to try is to suffer the inestimable loss of what might have been.”

Chester Barnard

“Failure is the path of least resistance.”

Sir James Matthew Barrie

“We are all failures—at least, all the best of us are.”

J. M. Barrie

“Women punish themselves for the failure to conform.”

Sandra Bartky

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.”

Bernard M. Baruch

“Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought.”

Bernard M. Baruch

“No matter how hard you work for success if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavours and make success impossible.”

Baudjuin

“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

“I wasn’t afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure.”

Anne Baxter

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”

Charles Austin Beard

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Samuel Beckett

“Storms purify the atmosphere.”

Henry Ward Beecher

“There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.”

Max Beerbohm

“We all make mistakes, but everyone makes different mistakes.”

Ludwig van Beethoven

“When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“The toughest thing about being a success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.”

Irving Berlin

“The measure of a man’s success must be according to his ability. The advancement he makes from the station in which he was born gives the degree of his success.”

Sir Walter Besant

“Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.”

Ambrose Bierce

“Destiny. A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.”

Ambrose Bierce

“Insurrection. An unsuccessful revolution; disaffection’s failure to substitute misrule for bad government.”

Ambrose Bierce

“If at first you don’t succeed, think how many people you’ve made happy.”

H. Duane Black

“May every young scientist remember... and not fail to keep his eyes open for the possibility that an irritating failure of his apparatus to give consistent results may once or twice in a lifetime conceal an important discovery.”

Patrick Blackett

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

Arthur Bloch

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”

Niels Bohr

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

Derek Bok

“A young person, to achieve, must first get out of his mind any notion either of the ease or rapidity of success. Nothing ever just happens in this world.”

Edward William Bok

“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

“No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward.”

Amar Gopal Bose

“Nothing fails like success because we don’t learn from it. We learn only from failure.”

Kenneth Boulding

“The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.”

Nelson Boswell

“Act as if it were impossible to fail.”

Dorothea Brande

“Failure is the line of least persistence.”

Alfred Brandt

“It takes sixty-five thousand errors before you are qualified to make a rocket.”

Werner von Braun

“We can lick gravity, but the paperwork’s a bit tougher.”

Werner von Braun

“Each disaster became a steppingstone for growth.”

Erin Brockovich

“There’s no fool like an old fool—you can’t beat experience.”

Jacob Braude

“I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are excellent.”

Ashleigh Brilliant

“My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure.”

Ashleigh Brilliant

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.”

David Brinkley

“The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.”

Dr. Joyce Brothers

“Behind every successful man there’s a lot of unsuccessful years.”

Bob Brown

“As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it’s leaning against the right building.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“When you are down on your back, if you can look up, you can get up.”

Les Brown

“Failure is an event, never a person.”

William D. Brown

“A minute’s success pays the failure of years.”

Robert Browning

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp — or what’s a heaven for?”

Robert Browning

“My definition of success is control.”

Kenneth Branagh

“I hope I have convinced you — the only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very, very hard.”

Helen Gurley Brown

“Few people are successful unless a lot of other people want them to be.”

Charles Brower

“A minute’s success pays the failure of years.”

Robert Browning

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word—excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”

Pearl S. Buck

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible—and achieve it, generation after generation.”

Pearl S. Buck

“Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.”

Pearl S. Buck

“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.”

Pearl S. Buck

“The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.”

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“We don’t grow unless we take risks. Any successful company is riddled with failures.”

James E. Burke

“To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas.”

Leo Burnett

“I’d rather be a failure in something that I love than a success in something that I hate.”

George Burns

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

John Burroughs

“Men are failures, not because they are stupid, but because they are not sufficiently impassioned.”

Struther Burt

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people—your family, friends, and co-workers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”

Barbara Bush

“More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.”

Albert Camus

“Failure is the condiment which gives success its flavor.”

Truman Capote

“If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.”

Thomas Carlyle

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

Dale Carnegie

“Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”

Dale Carnegie

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain — and most fools do.”

Dale Carnegie

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

Truman Capote

“Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

George Washington Carver

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”

George Washington Carver

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”

Coco Chanel

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.”

William Ellery Channing

“One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.”

Anton Chekhov

“In a world flagrant with the failures of civilization, what is there particularly immortal about our own?”

G. K. Chesterton

“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”

G. K. Chesterton

“A diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”

Chinese Proverb

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”

Arthur C. Clark

“When you make a mistake, admit it. If you don’t, you only make matters worse.”

Ward Cleaver

“Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.”

Bill Clinton

“But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.”

Paulo Coelho

“You don’t drown by falling in the water, You drown by staying there.”

Edwin Louis Cole

“Show me someone content with mediocrity and I’ll show you someone destined for failure.”

Johnetta Cole

“All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck—who keeps going—is the man who is there when the good luck comes and is ready to receive it.”

Robert Collier

“To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports; when we succeed; it betrays us.”

Charles Caleb Colton

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Confucius

“Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.”

Jimmy Connors

“Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God.”

Charles Horton Cooley

“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; un-rewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge

“The worse thing a victim of circumstances can do is become a victim of life.”

F. Cooper

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone. ”

Bill Cosby

“Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas. But can it really? True effectiveness requires balance.”

Stephen Covey

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”

Roger Crawford

“If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.”

Quentin Crisp

“I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.”

Walter Cronkite

“Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways.”

Samuel McChord Crothers

“You can’t have any successes unless you can accept failure.”

George Cukor

“The only real failure in life is one not learned from.”

Anthony J. D’Angelo

“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.”

Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.”

Josephus Daniels

“Life is not simply holding a good hand. Life is playing a poor hand well.”

Danish Saying

“When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.”

James Dale Davidson

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

Sir Humphry Davy

“It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.”

Edward De Bono

“A person of intellect without energy added to it, is a failure.”

Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

“Success makes success, like money makes money.”

Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

“Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure.”

Dell Crossword

“Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.”

Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”

Demosthenes

“The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.”

Madame De Stael

“Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.”

Bernadette Devlin

“The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”

John Dewey

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne’er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Emily Dickinson

“It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination. If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn’t believe the world existed.”

Annie Dillard

“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“Success is never permanent, and failure is never final.”

Mike Ditka

“Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success.”

Dowden

“The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and ‘mangled mind’ leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.”

Elizabeth Drew

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

Peter F. Drucker

“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

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”

William Durant

“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”

Henry Van Dyke

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”

Bob Dylan

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

Amelia Earhart

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

Thomas Edison

“They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.”

Thomas Edison

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

Thomas Edison

“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

Thomas Edison

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

Thomas Edison

“Failure is really a matter of conceit. People don’t work hard because, in their conceit, they imagine they’ll succeed without ever making an effort. Most people believe that they’ll wake up some day and find themselves rich. Actually, they’ve got it half right, because eventually they do wake up.”

Thomas Edison

“One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But speaking for myself, I can honestly say this is not so... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.”

Thomas Edison

“Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.”

Edward Eggleston

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”

Albert Einstein

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Albert Einstein

“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

Albert Einstein

“If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.”

Albert Einstein

“No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.”

Dwight Eisenhower

“Recovering from failure is often easier than building from success.”

Michael Eisner

“Gray skies are just clouds passing over.”

Duke Ellington

“I’m proof against that word failure. I’ve seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.”

George Eliot

“The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.”

George Eliot

“There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.”

George Eliot

“I’m proof against that word failure. I’ve seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.”

George Elliot

“Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.”

T. S. Eliot

“It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.”

Havelock Ellis

“Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”

Ralph Ellison

“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Self-trust is the first secret of success.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparations for their victories.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it—so fine that we often are on the line and do not know it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He who never makes mistakes, never makes anything.”

English Proverb

“A stumble may prevent a fall.”

English Proverb

“Appear to know only this—never to fail nor fall.”

Epictetus

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.”

Sam Ervin Jr.”

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

William Faulkner

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”

William Feather

“No man is a failure who is enjoying life.”

William Feather

“It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.”

David Feherty

“The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.”

Bruce Feirstein

“To develop working ideas efficiently, I try to fail as fast as I can.”

Richard P. Feynman

“The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: ‘I did not have time.’

Franklin Field

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There’s no use in being a damn fool about it.”

W.C. Fields

“If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.”

Finagle’s First Law

“Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse!”

Derwood Fincher

“There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.’ ”

Carrie Fisher

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

Ella Fitzgerald

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The man who has done his level best... is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.”

B.C. Forbes

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”

B. C. Forbes

“Failure is success if we learn from it.”

Malcom S. Forbes

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.”

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

Henry Ford

“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Henry Ford (also attributed to Mary Kay Ash)

“What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.”

Gene Fowler

“Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of.”

Viktor Frankl

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”

Benjamin Franklin

“You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”

David Frost

“The best way out is always through.”

Robert Frost

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

James A. Froude

“No garden is without its weeds.”

Thomas Fuller

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”

Robert C. Gallagher

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

Robert Galvin

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.”

Mohandas K. Gandhi

“If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it, even if I did not have the ability in the beginning.”

Ghandi

“The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers.”

William Lloyd Garrison

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

John W. Gardner

“We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure-all your life.”

John W. Gardner

“She knows there’s no success like failure. And that failure’s no success at all.”

Bob Geldof citing Bob Dylan’s lyric

“A man may fail many times but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”

J. Paul Getty

“Strangely enough, mistakes often help avoid failures.”

Barry Gibbons

“A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.”

Kahlil Gibran

“The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.”

Jean Gieraudoux

“It is the response to error that counts.”

Nikki Giovanni

“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs ... one step at a time.”

Joe Girard

“On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.”

Bhagavad Gita

“No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.”

William Gladstone

“On the pinnacle of success man does not stand firm long.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.”

Oliver Goldsmith

“Our greatest glory consists not in never failing but in rising every time we fall.”

Oliver Goldsmith

“They never fail who die in a great cause.”

George Gordon, Lord Byron

“Adversity is the first path to truth.”

George Gordon, Lord Byron

“Successful men usually snatch success from seeming failure. If they know there is such a word as defeat, they will not admit it. They may be whipped, but they are not aware of it. That is why they succeed.”

A. P. Gouthey

“Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.”

Cary Grant

“The common denominator of success lies in forming the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.”

Albert Gray

“Successful people are successful because they form the habits of doing those things that failures don’t like to do.”

Albert Gray

“The timid and fearful first failures dismay
but the stout heart stays trying by night and by day
He values his failures as lessons that teach
The one way to get to the goal he would reach.”

Edgar A. Guest

“We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment. But environment is the easier of the two to improve.”

John Burdone Sanderson Haldane

“Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one’s horse as he is leaping.”

A. W. Hare

“A winner knows how much he still has to learn, even when he is considered an expert by others. A loser wants to be considered an expert by others before he has learned enough to know how little he knows.”

Sydney Harris

“Kindness and intelligence don’t always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.”

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

“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

“The first proof of a person’s incapacity to achieve is their endeavoring to fix the stigma of failure on others.”

B. R. Hayden

“Experience is a good school, but the fees are high.”

Heinrich Heine

“An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject and how to avoid them.”

Werner Heisenberg

“Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure.”

Joseph Heller

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Napoleon Hill

“Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.”

Napoleon Hill

“Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.”

Napoleon Hill

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”

Napoleon Hill

“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

“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.”

Napoleon Hill

“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”

Napoleon Hill

“Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.”

Napoleon Hill

“Perfectionism is a dangerous state of mind in an imperfect world. The best way is to forget doubts and set about the task in hand... If you are doing your best, you will not have time to worry about failure.”

Robert Silliman Hillyer

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

Conrad Hilton

“If you hit every time, the target is either too big or too near.”

Tom Hirshfield

“Subdue fate by exerting human strength to the maximum; and if, when the effort has been made and success is not achieved, no one else can be blamed.”

Hitopadesa

“Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping.”

Eric Hoffer

“There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.”

Eric Hoffer

“Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Many people dream of success. To me, success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection.”

Soichiro Honda

“Success is 99 percent failure.”

Soichiro Honda

“I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.”

Lou Holtz

“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”

Elbert Hubbard

“There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.”

Elbert Hubbard

“A failure is a man who has blundered but is not capable of cashing in on the experience.”

Elbert Hubbard

“When on the brink of complete discouragement, success is discerning that... the line between failure and success is so fine that often a single extra effort is all that is needed to bring victory out of defeat.”

Elbert Green Hubbard

“Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.”

Elbert Hubbard

“Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.”

Elbert Hubbard

“There is no failure except no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no real insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.”

Ken Hubbard

“You won’t skid if you stay in a rut.”

Ken Hubbard

“There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man that didn’t tell you all about it?”

Ken Hubbard

“How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.”

Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

“Experience is not what happens to you. Experience is what you do with what happens to you.”

Aldous Huxley

“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.”

From It’s a Wonderful Life

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”

Robert Green Ingersoll

“I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.”

Reggie Jackson

“The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That—with the squalid interpretation put on the word success—is our national disease.”

William James, 11 September 1906

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

Japanese Proverb

“The guns and bombs, the rockets and the warships, all are symbols of human failure.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

“Everyone has a success mechanism and a failure mechanism. The failure mechanism goes off by itself. The success mechanism only goes off with a goal. Every time we write down and talk about a goal we push the button to start the success mechanism.”

Charles Jones

“Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”

F. P. Jones

“People who don’t make mistakes are no bloody good to you at all.”

John Harvey Jones

“The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.”

Lloyd Jones

“All my growth and development led me to believe that if you really do the right thing, and if you play by the rules, and if you’ve got good enough, solid judgment and common sense, that you’re going to be able to do whatever you want to do with your life.”

Barbara Jordan

“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.”

Michael Jordan

“If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say that I was afraid to try; failure makes me work even harder.”

Michael Jordan

“I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why... I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

“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 okay to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.”

H. Stanley Judd

“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”

Carl Jung

“Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition — in having put forth the best within you.”

Henry J. Kaiser

“Failure is in a sense the highway to success, as each discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true.”

John Keats

“Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.”

John Keats

“Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom.”

Helen Keller

“I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

Helen Keller

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.”

Helen Keller

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that 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.”

Helen Keller

“There is no such thing as failure, only results, with some more successful than others.”

Jeff Keller

“Only in winter can you tell which trees are truly green. Only when the winds of adversity blow can you tell whether an individual or a country has steadfastness.”

John F. Kennedy

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Robert F. Kennedy

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Robert Francis Kennedy

“Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.”

Corita Kent

“Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.”

Corita Kent

“The secret of success is knowing whom to blame for your failure.”

E. L. Kersten

“It is not a disgrace to fail. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. ”

Charles F. Kettering

“One fails forward toward success.”

Charles F. Kettering Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”

Charles F. Kettering

“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.”

Charles Franklin Kettering

“The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.”

Charles F. Kettering

“Failure is the greatest opportunity I have to know who I really am.”

John Killinger

“Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves.”

Larry King

“If at first you don’t succeed, take the tax loss.”

Kirk Kirkpatrick Canadian Teacher, Track Athlete

“To succeed, we must first believe that we can.”

Michael Korda

“Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully — and imaginatively — for its hidden assets.”

Michael Korda

“The freedom to fail is vital if you’re going to succeed. Most successful people fail from time to time, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success.”

Michael Korda

“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.”

Jonathan Kozol

“L The Lord gave us two ends — one to sit on and the other to think with. Success depends on which one we use the most.”

Ann Landers

“Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.”

Louis L’Amour

“To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.”

Doug Larson

“Success is somebody else’s failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

“Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.”

Jack Lemmon

“A man may fall many times, but he won’t be a failure until he says that someone pushed him.”

Elmer G. Letterman

“To fly, we have to have resistance.”

Maya Lin

“The person, who is incapable of making a mistake, is incapable of anything.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.”

Abraham Lincoln

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”

Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”

Abraham Lincoln

“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.”

Henry C. Link

“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”

Vincent Lombardi

“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.”

Vince Lombardi

“In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

Vince Lombardi

“Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.”

Vince Lombardi

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“In some attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”

Longinus

“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—and that’s the same thing.”

George Horace Lorimer

“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

“Not failure, but low aim, is a crime.”

James Russell Lowell

“Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.”

James Russell Lowell

“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes.’ They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.’”

Clare Boothe Luce

“Success is that old ABC—ability, breaks, and courage.”

Charles Luckman

“If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.”

Bill Lyon

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

Douglas MacArthur

“Failure is an attitude, not an outcome.”

Harvey Mackay

“No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.

Harold MacMillan

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

Og Mandino

“The secret to success is to learn to accept the impossible, to do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.”

Nelson Mandela

“I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy... you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.”

Katherine Mansfield

“If there is any single factor that makes for success in living, it is the ability to draw dividends from defeat.”

William Marston

“Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now.”

Jonathan Mårtensson

“To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.”

W. Somerset Maugham

“Only a mediocre write is always at his best.”

W. Somerset Maugham

“The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous, on the contrary, it makes them for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.”

W. Somerset Maugham

“My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”

Elaine Maxwell

“The depth of your mythology is the extent of your effectiveness.”

John C. Maxwell

“Failure is not fatal. Only failure to get back up is.”

John C. Maxwell

“The average for entrepreneurs is 3.8 failures before they finally make it in business.”

John C. Maxwell

“To move forward today, you must learn to say good-bye to yesterday’s hurts, tragedies and baggage. You can’t build a monument to past problems and fail forward.”

John Maxwell

“Lord, deliver me from the man who never makes a mistake, and also from the man who makes the same mistake twice.”

Dr. William Mayo

“If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.”

Arthur McAuliff

“Fear of failure is at least as common as the desire for success. In fact, if harnessed properly, it can be the energy that drives the wheel.”

Mark McCormack

“Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people.”

John McEnroe

“There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.”

Frank McKinney

“I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.”

Margaret Mead

“He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great.”

Herman Melville

“Every failure teaches a man something, to wit, that he will probably fail again.”

H. L. Menken

“Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.”

William Menninger

“Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.”

Paul J. Meyer

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”

James A. Michener

“We all have a few failures under our belt. It’s what makes us ready for the successes.”

Randy K. Milholland

“He’s not the finest character that ever lived. But he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.”

Arthur Miller

“If I have any justification for having lived it’s simply, I’m nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There’s some value in that.”

Arthur Miller

“Some aspects of success seem rather silly as death approaches.”

Donald A. Miller

“The person who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn’t been asleep.”

Wilson Mizner

“The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.”

Ashley Montagu

“There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.”

Michel de Montaigne

“There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

Christopher Morley

“How far high failure overleaps the bounds of low success.”

Sir Lewis Morris

“One man’s sunset is another man’s dawn.”

Fievel Mouskawitz

“You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss into gain and failure to success.”

Napoleon

“Everyone should fail in a big way at least once before reaching forty.”

Al Neuharth

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

Earl Nightingale

“Never let yesterday use up today.”

Richard H. Nelson

“Success is like war and like charity in religion, it covers a multitude of sins.”

Sir Charles Napier

“Success has always been a great liar.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Kites rise against, not with the wind. No man has ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm.”

John Neal

“If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.”

Napolean Bonaparte

“He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.”

Napolean Bonaparte

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

Anais Nin

“Defeat doesn’t finish a man—quitting does. A man is not finished when he is defeated. He’s finished when he quits.”

Richard Nixon

“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.”

Alex Noble

“Always remember that your success begins inside you: If you can’t see it first, no one else ever will.”

Chuck Norris

“Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.”

Roger Von Oech

“Why do eight out of ten new consumer products fail? Sometimes because they are too new. The first cold cereals were rejected by consumers. More often new products fail because they are not new enough.”

David Ogilvy

“Don’t think of it as failure. Think of it as time-released success.”

Robert Orben

“Never fight an inanimate object.”

P. J. O’Rourke

“Highly successful leaders ignore conventional wisdom and take chances. Their stories inevitably include a defining moment or key decision when they took a significant risk and thereby experienced a breakthrough.”

Larry Osborne

“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.”

Thomas Paine

“Give me the fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself.”

Vilfredo Pareto

“The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more.”

Ed Parker

“Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars.”

Violeta Parra

“Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.”

Joe Paterno

“You’re never beaten until you admit it.”

George S. Patton

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”

George S. Patton

“To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success? What is it? I do not find it in the applause of the theater; it lies rather in the satisfaction of accomplishment.”

Anna Pavlova

“Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.”

Norman Vincent Peale

“Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong.”

Norman Vincent Peale

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.”

J. C. Penney

“Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.”

H. Ross Perot

“Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment.”

Ross Perot

“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.”

Ross Perot

“Failures are like skinned knees-painful, but superficial.”

Ross Perot

“There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.”

Laurence J. Peter

“If silly things were not done, intelligent things would never happen.”

Tom Peters

“What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.”

Wendell Phillips

“My mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general; if you become a monk, you’ll end up as the Pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”

Pablo Picasso

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.”

Mary Pickford

“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

“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.”

Mary Pickford

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

Rick Pitino

“Stumbling is not falling.”

Portuguese Proverb

“A man should never be ashamed to admit that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.”

Alexander Pope

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

Colin Powell

“The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do.”

Leontyne Price

“Don’t be sad, don’t be angry, if life deceives you! Submit to your grief—your time for joy will come, believe me.”

Alexandra Pushkin

I’ve lived to bury my desires,
And see my dreams corrode with rust;
Now all that’s left are fruitless fires
That burn my empty heart to dust.”

Alexander Sergeievich Pushkin

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

Dan Quayle

“Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.”

Vanessa Redgrave

“Success isn’t built on success. It is built on failure and frustration, sometimes catastrophe, and learning to turn it around.”

Sumner Redstone

“Failure isn’t so bad if it doesn’t attack the heart. Success is all right if it doesn’t go to the head.”

Grantland Rice

“I have made as much out of myself as could be made of the stuff, and no man should require more.”

Jean Paul Richter

“There comes a moment that defines winning from losing. The true warrior understands and seizes the moment by giving an effort so intensive and so intuitive that it could be called one from the heart.”

Pat Riley

“The only journey is the one within.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we at the same time give ourselves permission to excel.”

Eloise Ristad

“Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.”

Jim Rohn

“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.”

Anthony (Tony) Robbins

“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

“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.”

Anthony Robbins

“Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”

Anthony Robbins

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

Anthony Robbins

“We’re all proud of making little mistakes. It gives us the feeling we don’t make any big ones.”

Andrew A. Rooney

“You always pass failure on the way to success.”

Mickey Rooney

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“He who makes no mistakes makes no progress.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“As long as a person doesn’t admit he is defeated, he is not defeated—he’s just a little behind and isn’t through fighting.”

Darrell Royal

“Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

Arthur Rubinstein

“If a great thing can be done, it can be done easily, but this ease is like the of ease of a tree blossoming after long years of gathering strength.”

John Ruskin

“Flops are a part of life’s menu and I’ve never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses.”

Rosalind Russell

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

Babe Ruth

“Failures are divided into two classes—those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.”

John Charles Salak

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

Red Sanders

“A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.”

May Sarton

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.”

William Saroyan

“The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary.”

Vidal Sassoon

“The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used to failing.”

Albert Schweitzer

“He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.”

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.”

Robert Schuller

“Failure doesn’t mean that you’re a failure. It just means that you haven’t succeeded yet.”

Robert Schuler

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

Robert Schuller

“There must be a lesson here, but I don’t know what it is.”

Charles Schultz

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Albert Schweitzer

“Failure changes for the better, success for the worse.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.”

William Shakespeare

“Disappointment often focuses on the failure of our own agenda rather than on God’s long-term purposes for us, which may use stress and struggle as tools for strengthening our spiritual muscles.”

Luci Shaw

“One man that has a mind and knows it can will always beat 10 men who haven’t and don’t.”

George Bernard Shaw

“When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were a failure. I didn’t want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.”

George Bernard Shaw

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re really not. They’re companions—the hero and the sidekick.”

Laurence Shames

“I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one’s business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.”

George Bernard Shaw

“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.

George Bernard Shaw

“Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.”

Jean Sibelius

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”

Beverly Sills

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

Florence Scovel Shinn

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”

Beverly Sills

“If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.”

Spencer Silver (inventor of Post-it adhesive)

“The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.”

Edward Simmons

“Trying is the first step towards failure.

Homer Simpson

“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

“He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.”

Samuel Smiles

“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

“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success; we often find out what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.”

Samuel Smiles

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

Frederick Smith

“How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?”

Logan Smith

“A man is not defeated by his opponents but by himself.”

Jan Christiaan Smuts

“I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating.”

Sophocles

“Success, remember is the reward of toil.”

Sophocles

“Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus.”

Bishop Robert South

“Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive.”

Steven Spielberg

“Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets.”

Konstantin Stanislavisky

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.”

Bessie Stanley

“Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.”

Wallace Stegner

“It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders.”

Ben Stein

“It is only through failure and through experiment that we learn and grow.”

Isaac Stern

“Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.”

Igor Stravinsky

“The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything—and it works.”

William Strong

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”

Herbert Bayard Swope

“We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.”

Rabindranath Tagore

“We were born to succeed, not to fail.”

Henry David Thoreau

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Men are born to succeed, not to fail.”

Henry David Thoreau

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

Henry David Thoreau

“I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.”

Lily Tomlin

“Incorrect assumptions lie at the root of every failure. Have the courage to test your assumption.”

Brian Tracy

“Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.”

Brian Tracy

“It is not failure itself that holds you back; it is the fear of failure that paralyzes you.”

Brian Tracy

“Remember, you only have to succeed the last time.”

Brian Tracy

“Failure is a prerequisite for great success. If you want to succeed faster, double your rate of failure.”

Brian Tracy

“Most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure.”

Brian Tracy

“Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved.”

Lao Tzu

“We never know, believe me, when we have succeeded best.”

Miguel de Unamuno

“It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.”

Gore Vidal

“Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.”

Denis Waitley

“To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.”

Denis Waitley

“When you make a mistake or get ridiculed or rejected, look at mistakes as learning experiences, and ridicule as ignorance. Look at rejection as part of one performance, not as a turn down of the performer.”

Denis Waitley

“Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well. Denis Waitley

“In science, mistakes always precede the truth.”

Horace Walpole

“In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last.”

Hugh Walpole

“To excel is to reach your own highest dreams. But you must also help others when you can, to reach theirs. Personal gain is empty if you do not feel you have positively touched another’s life.”

Barbara Walters

“Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks.”

Dottie Walters

“Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.”

An Wang

“Better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.”

William A. Ward

“The greatest failure is the failure to try. ”

William A. Ward

“The sports page records people’s accomplishments, the front page usually records nothing, but man’s failures.”

Earl Warren

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

Booker T. Washington

“One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.”

James Watson

“Would you like me to give you a formula for... success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all... you can be discouraged by failure — or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success. On the far side.”

Thomas J. Watson

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

cceed is to double your failure rate.”

Thomas J. Watson

“Success is on the far side of failure.”

Thomas J. Watson

“The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed.”

Edwin Percy Welles

“When you are down and out something always turns up—and it’s usually the noses of your friends.”

Orson Welles

“It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.”

Jessamyn West

“Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.”

Walt Whitman

“A realist is an idealist who has gone through the fire and been purified. A skeptic is an idealist who has gone through the fire and been burned.”

Warren Wiersbe

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

Oscar Wilde

“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success. ”

Oscar Wilde

“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

“I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.”

Tennessee Williams

“Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it. ... Success is shy—it won’t come out while you’re watching.”

Tennessee Williams

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

Earl Wilson

“Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders. ”

Sloan Wilson

“I couldn’t wait for success... so I went ahead without it.”

Jonathan Winters

“You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.”

Thomas Wolfe

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”

George E. Woodberry

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

John Wooden

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

“Failure is not a crime. Failure to learn from failure is.”

Walter Wriston

“Companies fail when they continue doing for too long that which made them successful in the past.”

John Young

“If necessity is the mother of invention, Then failure must be its father.”

Steve Young

“Failure is just another part of the culture of innovation. Accept it and become stronger.”

Albert Yu

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”

Zig Ziglar

“Success doesn’t make you and failure doesn’t break you.”

Zig Ziglar

“Failure is an event, never a person; an attitude, not an outcome.”

Zig Ziglar

“‘Quit now, you’ll never make it.’ If you disregard this advice, you’ll be halfway there.”

David Zucker

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

Anonymous, often attributed to Dan Quayle

“The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.”

Anonymous

“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”

Anonymous

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.”

Anonymous

“It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.”

Anonymous

“If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.”

Anonymous

“Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.”

Anonymous

“Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.”

Anonymous

“Trouble brings experience, and experience brings wisdom.”

Anonymous

“Experience is what you got by not having it when you need it.”

Anonymous

“Enthusiasm is more important than any other commodity. It will find solutions when none are apparent, and it will achieve success where none is thought possible.”

Anonymous

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

Anonymous

“He’s never been very successful. When opportunity knocks, he complains about the noise.”

Anonymous

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure till he gives up.”

Anonymous

“Nothing succeeds like — failure.”

Anonymous

“If at first you do succeed—try to hide your astonishment.”

Anonymous

“It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through success; they often succeed through failures.”

Anonymous

“The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.”

Anonymous

“If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you.”

Anonymous

“Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it.”

Anonymous

“One slip does not make a person forever a failure, any more than one good turn makes a person forever a saint.”

Anonymous

“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure

Anonymous

“In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.”

Anonymous

“There is no failure. Only feedback.”

Anonymous

“The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.”

Anonymous

“It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.”

Anonymous

“Never make the same mistake twice or you’ll never get around to all of them.”

Anonymous

“The only real failure in life is the failure to try.”

Anonymous


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