Failure Quotes

As some of these failure quotes will tell you, failing is a part of life. Some see this as nothing more than a temporary condition that will eventually change. If you look at some of the most successful people throughout history, many of them had to deal with tons of setbacks. We may not always get what we want in life but we do typically get the things we must have no matter what. In other words, when you can continue pursuing what you want despite failing over and over, your chances of success is be much greater.

If you’d like to share a few quotes about failure of your own, you can do that in the comments section at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

~ Zig Ziglar ~

“I do not believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”

~ Oprah Winfrey ~

“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment.”

~ Unknown ~

“If you don’t learn from your mistakes, there’s no sense making them.”

~ Unknown ~

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

~ Dottie Walters ~

“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 ~

“The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.”

~ Channing Pollock ~

“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 ~

“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 ~

“There are two kinds of people in the world: those who make excuses and those who get results. An excuse person will find any excuse for why a job was not done, and a results person will find any reason why it can be done. Be a creator, not a reactor.”

~ Alan Cohen ~

“When we are unable to love and appreciate ourselves and our efforts, we run away from our mistakes and failures, rather than learning from them.”

~ Meredith L. Young-Sowers ~

“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 ~

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

~ Napolean Hill ~

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

~ Mary Anne Radmacher ~

“You’re on the road to success when you realize that failure is only a detour.”

~ Anonymous ~

“It is easy to despise what you cannot get.”

~ Aesop ~

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

~ George Edward Woodberry ~

“Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose. Everyone has bad stretches and real successes. Either way, you have to be careful not to lose your confidence or get too confident.”

~ Nancy Kerrigan ~

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

“I have failed over and over in my life and that is why I succeed.”

~ Michael Jordan ~

“When you get knocked down, just pick yourself up, and keep walking.”

~ Anonymous ~

“Suck up whatever life throws at you, stomp on it, and keep going.”

~ Maximum Ride ~

“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 ~

“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.”

~ Napoleon Hill ~

“Never feel shame for trying and failing for he who has never failed is he who has never tried.”

~ Og Mandino ~

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

~ Paulo Coelho ~

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

~ Theodore Roosevelt ~

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

~ Michael Jordan ~

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

~ Edwin Louis Col e~

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”

~ Denis Waitley ~

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

~ Coco Chanel ~


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