FAILURE QUOTES

quotations about failure

Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.

HOMER SIMPSON, The Simpsons

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Most important thing in life ... is learning how to fall.

JEANNETTE WALLS, Half Broke Horses

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

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

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About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure.

TOMMY LASORDA

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It is a tragic hour, that hour when we are finally driven to reckon with ourselves, when every avenue of mental distraction has been cut off and our own life and all its ineffaceable failures closes about us like the walls of that old torture chamber of the Inquisition.

WILLA CATHER, "The Burglar's Christmas,", Home Monthly, Dec. 1896

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What people call success is only preparation for the next failure.

AUGUST STRINDBERG, A Dream Play

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Hast thou fallen? Do not groan and lament: rather be thankful for the opportunity given thee to rise once more.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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If something doesn't go your way, it's probably because you didn't work that hard at it.

CHRIS SIMMS, Lakeland Ledger, Nov. 24, Lakeland Ledger, Nov. 24, 2005

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Failure means that you would not, or could not, pay for success. Success is a matter of sale. It can (most often) be bought by a large outlay--of hard forethought--of pains--of steadiness--of the golden wisdom coined from experience. But the figure is too high for most of us. We are too poor, or too slothful, to bring the price.

CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought

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Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is.

BILL WILSON, As Bill Sees It

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Failure is regarded in Hollywood as practically a contagious disease; people will literally cross the road to avoid someone who is tainted with it.

BARRY NORMAN, The Film Greats

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

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER, as quoted in Roy B. Zuck's The Speaker's Quote Book

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One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people’s excuses for failure.

ROBERT TOWNSEND, Further Up the Organization

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Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jul. 12, 2006

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A common tendency is to set an almost unreachable standard for success while simultaneously creating a standard for failure that is easy to meet. As a result, you may routinely feel a lot less successful than is necessary.

TOMMY NEWBERRY, Success Is Not an Accident

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My parents always allowed me to fail when I was growing up, and I think that gave me a lot of strength going forward in my life. I lost high-school and junior-high elections when I ran for class president. I learned early in life to get up and dust yourself off and keep going.

ANDREA WONG, Newsweek, Oct. 15, 2007

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A minute's success pays the failure of years.

ROBERT BROWNING, prologue, Apollo and the Fates

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There is no sorrow I have thought more about than that--to love what is great, and try to reach it, and yet to fail.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

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Better to fail in the pursuit of the noble, than to succeed in the search for the mean.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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Neither failure nor success has the power to change your inner state of Being.

ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now

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