quotes

Failure

The way to succeed is to double your failure rate. • Thomas J. Watson

Failures are divided into two classes—those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. • John Charles Salak, author

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. • Henry Ford

The things which hurt, instruct. • Benjamin Franklin

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. • C.S. Lewis

By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. • Benjamin Franklin

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

There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is really only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and not look beyond that failure. • Kyle Rote Jr., soccer player

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake. • Nelson Boswell

Failure is good. It’s fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching I’ve learned from making mistakes.
• Rick Pitino, NBA coach

The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does. • Herbert V. Brocknow

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. • Senator Sam Ervin, Jr.

If silly things were not done, intelligent things would never happen. • Tom Peters

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them. • Washington Irving

A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
• Playwright, George Bernard Shaw

He who makes no mistakes makes no progress. • President Theodore Roosevelt

There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction. • President John F. Kennedy

What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don’t believe in taking foolish chances, but nothing can be accomplished if we don’t take any chances at all. • Pioneer aviator, Charles Lindbergh

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

There is no failure except no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose. • Ken Hubbard

Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. • Agricultural scientist, George Washington Carver

Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start again fresh. (67-year-old Thomas Edison said after his laboratory burned to the ground.)

It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed, than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail. • Peter Marshall

Failure always made me try harder next time. • Michael Jordan, NBA legend

If you make every game a life-and-death proposition...you’ll be dead a lot. • Dean Smith, The great North Carolina basketball coach

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

The ragamuffin who sees his life as a voyage of discovery and runs the risk of failure has a better feel for faithfulness than the timid man who hides behind the law and never finds out who he is at all. • Brennan Manning

You were made for something more than merely avoiding failure. • John Ortberg

We cannot love deeply or risk greatly and never know failure or disappointment. ...Love never comes without wounds; faith never comes without failure. • Erwin Raphael McManus