75 Best Failure Quotes

There comes a time in everyone’s life when everything is going against you and there is a disappointment from all sides. But in truth, failure is much more important than success as it makes us aware of our shortcomings. You should not despair as failure is the beginning of success, you just have to keep trying.

Here are some of the best quotes about failure:

1. Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be. – John Wooden

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

3. Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of a greater or equal benefit. – Napoleon Hill

4. Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. – Napoleon Hill

5. All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong and repairs the evil. – Sophocles

6. Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure. – Malcolm X

7. It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts. – Zig Ziglar

8. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. – Oprah Winfrey

9. Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. – Marilyn Monroe

10. Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error. – Cicero

11. The master has failed more times than the beginner has tried. – Stephen McCranie

12. Failure defeats losers but it inspires winners. – Anonymous

13. In order to succeed, you must be willing to experience failure. – Anonymous

14. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today. – Anonymous

15. The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell. – Anonymous

16. A minute’s success pays the failure of years. – Robert Browning

17. Never let success get to your head; never let failure get to your heart. – Anonymous

18. No man ever achieved worthwhile success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure. – Napoleon Hill

19. A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw

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

21. If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. – Zig Ziglar

22. Failure is nothing more than a chance to revise your strategy. – Anonymous

23. It’s not failure, it’s an unfinished success. – Anonymous

24. Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing. – J.K. Rowling

25. When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel. – Eloise Ristad

26. Fail, fail again, fail better. – Samuel Beckett

27. Don’t bury your failures, let them inspire you. – Robert Kiyosaki

28. Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up. – Chinese proverb

29. When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. – George Bernard Shaw

30. Failure is the foundation of success and the means by which it is achieved. – Lao Tzu

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

32. Fear regret more than failure. – Taryn Rose

33. Giving up is the only sure way to fail. – Gena Showalter

34. I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas Edison

35. Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. – John Wooden

36. We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies. – Voltaire

37. I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can not accept not trying. – Michael Jordan

38. There is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences. – Anonymous

39. Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. – Jack Canfield

40. No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within. – Eleanor Roosevelt

41. You always pass failure on your way to success. – Mickey Rooney

42. Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is a 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

43. Successful people don’t fear failure but understand that it’s necessary to learn and grow from. – Robert Kiyosaki

44. Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. – Anonymous

45. Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail. – Confucious

46. Failures are part of life. If you don’t fail, you don’t learn. If you don’t learn you’ll never change. – Anonymous

47. She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them. – Beau Taplin

48. The only true failure is when you stop trying. – Anonymous

49. Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. – Napoleon Hill

50. Failure is an attitude, not an outcome. – Harvey MacKay

51. Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure, it just means you haven’t succeeded yet. – Robert H. Schuller

52. Mistakes are the portals of discovery. – James Joyce

53. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. – Henry Ford

54. To be wrong is nothing unless you continue to remember it. – Confucius

55. Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure. – George Eliot

56. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt

57. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

58. Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

59. Failure is the condiment that gives its flavour. – Truman Capote

60. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. – Robert F. Kennedy

61. The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. – Henry Ford

62. Failure is success in progress. – Anonymous

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

64. If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. – Ken Robinson

65. The bigger the failure, the greater the lesson. – Anonymous

66. Failure is good as long as it doesn’t become a habit. – Michael Eisner

67. Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. – Richard Branson

68. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. – Paulo Coelho

69. Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble. – Shah Rukh Khan

70. The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times. – Paulo Coelho

71. If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve to be successful. – Charles Barkley

72. When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important. – Ellen DeGeneres

73. Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. – Nelson Mandela

74. Courage allows the successful woman to fail and learn powerful lessons, from failure. So that in the end, she didn’t fail at all. – Maya Angelou

75. A man may fail many times but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. – John Burroughs

76. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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