Failure Quotes

Let these failure quotes remind you that there are benefits in failure and let them remind you what a true failure is and is not. You may feel defeated, you may experience loss, you may be discouraged, but does that mean you have failed.


"There's no reason to fear (temporary) failure. What others may call a failure is only a temporary set back if you really believe in your dreams." Kory Livingstone, Quiet Determination: unlocking the gates to unlimited success!
Dream   |  


"If you didn't succeed, it's just as important to keep in mind that there has never been a success story without failure and lessons along the way."
Eric Christian, Introvert
Inspirational Quotes  |  


"The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do."
Thomas Edison
Famous  |  


"Not getting my desired outcome is not a failure but a sign that more learning and practice are required here, and an opportunity to acknowledge myself that I tried."
Yael Philosof, Inspirational Book: My Secret Formula For Creating Success
Quotes about Overcoming  |  


Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail. Lester B. Pearson
"Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail."
Lester B. Pearson
Quotes about Taking A Risk   |  


"You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward with a joyful confidence."
George Eliot
Joy   |  


"The way a man plays a game shows some of his character. The way he loses shows all of it."
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Character   |  


"The most important element in the failure equation is your personal commitment to keep trying."
Catherine Pulsifer
Commitment   |


"Some people use failure as an excuse to give up, to become bitter, or cynical. Other people look at failure as an opportunity to revisit past decisions and to devise new strategies."
Catherine Pulsifer
Optimistic Quotes   |  


"Sometimes, we're afraid we'll fail. At other times, we're subconsciously afraid we'll succeed because we are fearful of the consequences of our achievements."
Romuald Andrade, Procrastination
Achievement Quotes   |  


"Successful people see alternatives and are willing to try different ways. People who only see failure are unable to see another way and give up too easily."
Catherine Pulsifer
Success Quotes   |  


Failure is ceasing to try! Edgar A Guest
"Failure is ceasing to try!"
Edgar A Guest
Poetry of Edgar A. Guest   |  


"For 99.9% of us, we don't listen anywhere near enough. And not listening is the leading cause of failure in today's economy."
Peter Shankman, Customer Service: New Rules for a Social Media World
Listening   |  


". . .the three things that stop people more than anything else does from achieving their goals: criticizing, complaining, and blaming. These are the three horsemen of failure."
David DeNotaris
Complaining   |  


"Failure is hard. But turn those failures into learning experiences, so that you'll look back and be happy that you failed, because you gained more knowledge from that experience. Sometimes, it's simply an indication to change your strategy instead of giving up completely."
Albert Rogers, Excuses: Stop Making These 50 Excuses!
Knowledge   |  


"Fear of success, fear of failure, lack of confidence - in my experience, these are the most powerful drivers of procrastination."
Mike Buffington, Hacking Laziness
Confidence Quotes   |  


"Poor control of your emotions can lead to making stupid mistakes or failures in your life."
Stephen Hall, Emotional Mastery
Life   |  


"Get rid of negative thoughts about your failures and mistakes. What you need to work on at this very moment is to concentrate and give your full attention on what is happening right now."
John Rogers, Motivation Secrets Book - How to Get Motivated Today And Turn Your Dreams Into Reality
Mistakes   |


From time to time you will fail at something. That does not mean that you should give up and never be happy. Clement Getate
"Failure is a part of life. From time to time you will fail at something. That does not mean that you should give up and never be happy."
Clement Getate, Your Cross to Happiness
Quotes about Being Happy   |  


"The truth is that our mind needs failure! No great inventions would have come into existence without failure."
Thibaut Meurisse, Success: Why You Fail Where Others Succeed
Truth  |  


"Failure is an inescapable part of life and a critically important part of any successful life."
Tal Ben-Shahar, Being Happy: You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life
The Road To Success   |  


"Failure to focus dilutes results. Paying full attention boosts your brain power, strengthens your synaptic connections, and creates the neural pathways that eventually turn your actions into your actuality."
Honoree Corder, Vision to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long Term Maximum Results
Focus   |  


"You want to be completing your goal everyday, this is going to change the way you see yourself. No longer as a failure, but as someone who completes the things they set out to do."
Alex Altman, Skyrocket Your Self-Esteem
Motivation   |  


"Before we are able to take specific actions it is imperative to know exactly where we are going. Vague goals have a much higher rate of failure."
James O'Donnell, How to Become Patient: How to Build Patience and Remove Impatience
Goals   |  


"Wanting to always be perfect and procrastinating on tasks you see as challenging for fear of failure to achieve perfect results is a recipe for physical and emotional problems."
Brian Karr, A Self-Help Cure For Procrastination: 5 Highly Effective Strategies To Get Things Done
Procrastination   |


I love to read stories about success, and the failures that lead up to that success. Maxwell Stone
"I love to read stories about success, and the failures that lead up to that success."
Maxwell Stone, Are you still a Rat?
Inspirational Stories   |  


"Some people are brave enough to venture out into the great unknown despite the possibility that they may fail and they might not find something that they are looking for."
Jamie Becker, Start Living: Break Out of Your Comfort Zone and Live Life With No Regrets
Possibilities   |  


"He (Winston Churchill) faced severe difficulties right at the outset of his military career, however; he failed the RMC entrance examination twice, and only got through on the third attempt."
Jack Morris, Winston Churchill: The Life, Lessons & Rules For Success
Winston Churchill Quotes   |  


"Failure does not occur until I quit trying."
Creed McGregor, Daily Affirmations for Success and Happiness
Never Quit Quotes   |  


"You are not afraid of failing. You know that as long as you are doing what you are supposed to do, you cannot call yourself a failure. Failure is an event; not a person."
Rahul Badami, Affirmations: 4 Reasons why Affirmations don't Work
Discouraged   |

"Public speaking is often cited by people as their greatest fear, and at the root of this problem lies the fear of being a public failure."
Frank Fields, Public Speaking Without Fear
Problem   |  


"Failure to serve is like juggling more and more items in the air."
Paul Keller, Peace
Peace   |  


When you think of yourself as a failure, you will become a failure. Ryanne Knight
"When you think of yourself as a failure, you will become a failure."
Ryanne Knight, Success
Failure Is A Golden Opportunity  |  


"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
Courage  |  


"Everybody is in love with success. Everybody is fighting for the attention of success while failure has no friend. Yet many people are not succeeding; failure seems to have many companions even when they don't want to be with it."
Dozie Uzochukwu, Exploring The Power of Untapped Blessing: How To Succeed Where others Failed
Friend  |  


"Man was never designed to live in failure or lack. Failure and lack go against every inherent instinct in man. No matter how hard life is, there is a constant struggle in man to somehow make it better."
James B. Richards, Wired for Success, Programmed for Failure
Trouble  |  


"It's difficult to examine times you have failed; but it's even more difficult to think about it and consider how you could have avoided failure if you were more resourceful."
Kylie Dunn, Living with Intent
Time   |  


"I was so bogged down by anxiety and stress that I didn't realize the value that failure provides."
Troy Johnston The Purposeful Mind
Purpose   |  

"An anxious person often feels the need to not just succeed, but have an outstanding success. Similarly, any flaw or mishap is interpreted a severe failure."
Scott Colter, Psychology: Positive
Stress   |  


Having faith in yourself and God is nothing less than essential when it comes to combatting failure and unhappiness. Naomi Hill
"Having faith in yourself and God is nothing less than essential when it comes to combatting failure and unhappiness."
Naomi Hill, How to Have a Good Day
God   |  


"Failure. The very word strikes fear in many of us. The idea that we might attempt to achieve something that we want at a deep level - to put our deepest desires on the line - and fall short, is downright scary."
Vic Johnson, Failure Is Never Final: How To Bounce Back BIG From Any Defeat
Fear   |


"You can learn a lot from failure, but that requires you to continue moving forward despite having failed."
Darcy Oordt, Finding Success After Failure: Inspirational Stories of Famous People Who Persevered and Won Out
Accepting Failure   |  


"If you accept failure as an opportunity to learn, it will change your whole perspective."
Catherine Pulsifer
Opportunity   |  


"Change is gradual, trying to change too many things at once is what leads to frustration and failure - instead, pick any one particular trait or characteristic that you would like to change and start working specifically on that."
Michael Andrews, Mindset
Work   |


"If the majority of investors are basing their investment decisions on how they feel, they are setting themselves up for failure. Sometimes emotions play tricks on us. Our feelings change like the wind changes direction."
Scott Carty; Paul Durso, Retire with Confidence
Decision   |  


You, and only you, can choose the path that you take in life. Is this going to be a path of failure or success? Brad Ryan
"You, and only you, can choose the path that you take in life. Is this going to be a path of failure or success? That depends on the steps that you take and your willingness to make changes to the way that you live and think."
Brad Ryan, Self-Discipline: Self-Discipline of a Spartan
Change Quotes   |


"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 the failure."
Destiny Madu, Failure: Springboard To Success
Doubt   |


Twenty-six publishers failed to recognize the best-selling potential of Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The book, less than 10,000 words long, had as its hero a seagull that enjoyed flying.
Darcy Oordt, Finding Success After Failure: Inspirational Stories of Famous People Who Persevered and Won Out
Richard Bach Quotes   |


failure "Failures are not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, they are just an evidence that human race are created not to be perfect."
Kellie Sullivan, Habits: 5O Best Habits To Create A Successful Life
Habit   |  


"And when you succeed or fail at something, ask yourself what it was about the strategies you employed, or the level of effort, that was behind it."
Martin Kaye, Self Esteem Mastery
Effort   |  


As long as we live, we will always be vulnerable to making mistakes; even people who you look up to also make mistakes. But what differentiates people that make it on top to those who are stuck at the bottom is how they bounce back up even after these failures."
Jennifer N. Smith, Self-Love: It Starts with Self-Love
Words of Encouragement   |  


My grandmother never had a word for failure in her vocabulary. She called it life lessons. Svetlana Kim
"My grandmother never had a word for 'failure' in her vocabulary. She called it 'life lessons'."
Svetlana Kim
Editor's Thoughts:
We love this quote from Svetlana's grandmother. What a different life you would have if you changed your attitude. If you eliminated the word "failure" from your vocabulary you would no longer feel defeated or unsuccessful. Let your attitude reflected the thought that you are learning a life lesson. With all lessons of life, if we pick ourselves up, start over, and apply what we have learned then we are actually letting life be our teacher. The next attempt should move us closer to the success we are looking for. When you look at people who just give up or quit they will have that failure with them for the rest of their life as they end up learning nothing. Some people don't even try a second attempt they just throw in the towel and walk away the minute they run into any challenges. So the next time you feel are failing, change your thought to a more positive one by telling yourself you are learning a life lesson, learn it, and continue to move forward.

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