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

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

Life's real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.

Success builds character, failure reveals it.

You're on the road to success when you realize that failure is only a detour. - Source Unknown

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

The only true failure lies in failure to start. - Harold Blake Walker

The greatest failure is a person who never admits that he can be a failure. - Gerald. N. Weiskott

Many men fail because they quit too soon. They lose faith when the signs are against them. They do not have the courage to hold on, to keep fighting in spite of that which seems insurmountable. If more of us would strike out and attempt the "impossible," we very soon would find the truth of that old saying that nothing is impossible... abolish fear and you can accomplish anything you wish. - Dr. C. E. Welch

He only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts. - Richard Whately

Every failure is a step to success. - William Whewell

Thought is born of failure. - Lancelot Law Whyte

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. - Oprah Winfrey

Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. - Zig Ziglar

I have always felt that although someone may defeat me, and I strike out in a ball game, the pitcher on the particular day was the best player. But I know when I see him again, I'm going to be ready for his curve ball. Failure is a part of success. There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life. But failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it. - Hank Aaron

To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. - James Allen

You win only if you aren't afraid to lose. - Rocky Aoki

If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. - Steve Bartkowski

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

Failure is an event, never a person. - William D. Brown

Failure is the tuition you pay for success. - Walter Brunell

Failure does not count. If you accept this, you'll be successful. What causes most people to fail is that after one failure, they'll stop trying. - Frank Burford

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

You cannot explain failure any more than you can argue with success. - J. Richard Clarke

A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -- I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself. - Georges Clemenceau

You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there. - Edwin Louis Cole

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

You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that? Come up with a smiling face, It's nothing against you to fall down flat/ But to lie there-that's a disgrace. - E. V. Cooke

To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself. - Francis Crawford


Everything ultimately fails, for we die, and that is either the penultimate failure or our most enigmatical achievement. - Edward Dahlberg

The most important of my discoveries has been suggested to me by my failures. - Sir Humphrey Davy

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

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. - Walt Disney

Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success. - Edward Dowden

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. - Thomas A. Edison

The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best. - George Eliot

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

And nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope. - Robert Frost

He's no failure. He's not dead yet. - William Lloyd George

He who fails to plan, plans to fail.

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.”

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

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction. - Charles J. Givens

No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes. - William E. Gladstone

The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivation, you're down the path of inactivity. You stumble only if you're moving. - Roberto Goizueta

Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success. - Thomas C. Haliburton

There are no failures - just experiences and your reactions to them.

Failure is the tuition you pay for success.

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

Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.

You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.

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

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

If you are doing your best, you will not have to worry about failure. - Robert S. Hillyer

Accept failure as a normal part of living. View it as part of the process of exploring your world; make a note of its lessons and move on. - Tom Hobson

They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor. - Eric Hoffer

Success is 99 percent failure. - Soichiro Honda

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying. - Tom Hopkins

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

There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life. - Thomas H. Huxley

There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self. - William James

The man who tries to do something and fails is infinitely better than he who tries to do nothing and succeeds. - Lloyd Jones

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. - Charles F. Kettering

No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong. - Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Never give a man up until he has failed at something he likes. - Lewis E. Lawes

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. - Abraham Lincoln

Anyone seen on a bus after age thirty has been a failure in life. - Duchess Loelia

In great attempts it is glorious even to fail. - Cassius Longinus

You can't be a winner and be afraid to lose. - Charles Lynch

Many a man never fails because he never tries. - Norman Macewan

Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them. - Dan Mckinnon

Losing is a part of winning. - Dick Munro

Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles. - Jawaharlal Nehru

Everyone should fail in a big way at least once before reaching forty. - Al Neuharth

I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. - George S. Patton

Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching, I've learned from making mistakes. - Rick Pitino

If one does not fail at times, then one has not challenged himself. - Dr. Porsche

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. - African Proverb

Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet. - German Proverb

If you're not big enough to lose, you're not big enough to win - Walter Reuther

Failure is not fatal; victory is not success. - Tony Richardson

Some defeats are only installments to victory. - Jacob Riis

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

Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. - Jim Rohn

All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses. Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another's failings; but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves. If at the end one can say, This man used to the limit the powers that God granted him; he was worthy of love and respect and of the sacrifices of many people, made in order that he might achieve what he deemed to be his task, then that life has been lived well and there are no regrets. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Men do not fail; they give up trying. - Elihu Root

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

If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless. - Robert H. Schuller

The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed. - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you had tried to do nothing and succeeded. You must never regret what might have been. The past that did not happen is as hidden from us as the future we cannot see. - Richard Martin Stern

Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Why is it so painful to watch a person sink? Because there is something unnatural in it, for nature demands personal progress, evolution, and every backward step means wasted energy. - J. August Strindberg

The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything -- and it works. - William Strong

Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it's all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you're willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you're willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you've got the potential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces. - Joseph Sugarman

The man who fails because he aims astray or because he does not aim at all is to be found everywhere. - Frank Swinnerton

I cannot give the formula for success, but I can give you the formula of failure -- which is try to please everybody. - Herbert B. Swope

Men are born to succeed, not to fail. - Henry David Thoreau

Failure is not the worst thing in the world -- the very worst is not to try - Source Unknown

If you've never failed you've never tried. - Source Unknown

Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.

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

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

If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless.

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

Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.

Remember that your failures are the seeds of your most glorious successes. Be sad if you must, but don't despair. - Source Unknown

When you fall, don't get up empty handed - Source Unknown

You can always tell who the pioneers are because they have arrows in their back and are lying face down in the dirt. - Source Unknown

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