50 Famous Failure Quotes, Sayings, Quotations & Slogans

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Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. – Nikola Tesla

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

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. – Confucius

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

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Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. –Abraham Lincoln

With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. – Abraham Lincoln

One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king. – Abraham Maslow

At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures – be what he is. And, above all, accept these things. – Albert Camus

Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools. – Alexander Pope

Never find fault with the absent. – Alexander Pope

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. – Alexis de Tocqueville

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. – Ambrose Bierce

Motivating Failure Quotes

Destiny: A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure. – Ambrose Bierce

Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others. – Amelia Earhart

Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others. – Amelia Earhart

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. –Amelia Earhart

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. – Anais Nin

I’m sure not afraid of success and I’ve learned not to be afraid of failure. The only thing I’m afraid of now is of being someone I don’t like much. – Anna Quindlen

The clearest explanation for the failure of any marriage is that the two people are incompatible; that is, that one is male and the other female. – Anna Quindlen

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. – Anthony J. D Angelo

True Failure Quotes

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life. – Arnold Bennett

Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. – B. F. Skinner

In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. – Barack Obama

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Of course, violence will not end with our combat mission. Extremists will continue to set off bombs, attack Iraqi civilians and try to spark sectarian strife. But ultimately, these terrorists will fail to achieve their goals. – Barack Obama

The Bush Administration’s failure to be consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world. – Barack Obama

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. – Benjamin Disraeli

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin Franklin

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. – Benjamin Franklin

I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. – Benjamin Franklin

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. – Bill Cosby

Famous Failure Quotes

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. – Bill Gates

But while success and failure depend on conditions, the mind neither waxes nor wanes. – Bodhidharma

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. – Buddha

If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress. – Calvin Coolidge

No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. – Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge

Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest. – Chanakya

Famous Failure Quotes

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. – Charlie Chaplin

As kids we’re not taught how to deal with success; we’re taught how to deal with failure. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If at first you succeed, then what? – Charlie Sheen

By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. – Christopher Columbus

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. – Colin Powell

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. – Colin Powell

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

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Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. – Dale Carnegie

Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners. – Dale Carnegie

Bank failures are caused by depositors who don’t deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement. – Dan Quayle




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