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Failure doesn't mean you are a failure... it just means you haven't succeeded yet. Robert H. Schuller

Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. Denis Waitley

To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future. Plutarch

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort. Theodore Roosevelt

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

Success is the proper utilization of failure. Anonymous

I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest. John Keats

Failure is not an option. Apollo 13 Movie

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

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

A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection. Arthur Bloch

Failure is the path of least persistence. Anonymous

Some defeats are only installments to victory. Jacob Riis

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

Failure is not the worst thing in the world -- the very worst is not to try. Anonymous

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough. Christian Nevell Bovee

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

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

Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times. Napoleon Hill

Failure too is a form of death... Graham Greene

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

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

There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success. Sir Max Beerbohm

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

You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the next level of accomplishment. Les Brown

If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach, but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect, we will immediately feel overwhelmed. Anthony Robbins

Failure leaves open a door for us to try, and try again. Robert M. Hensel

You can give in to the failure messages and be a bitter deadbeat of excuses. Or you can choose to be happy and positive and excited about life. A. L. Williams

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

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

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth

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

Failure -- The man who can tell others what to do and how to do it, but never does it himself. Elbert Hubbard

If all this happened to you what paradigm might you develop? How might that paradigm affect you in terms of your life from that point on? What does this tell you about Abe? There are no failures, only lessons to be learned. Oprah Winfrey

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

In God's world, for those who are in earnest, there is no failure. No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken, no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain. Frederick W. Robertson

What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better. Wendell Phillips

It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes. Anne Baxter

The only people who never fail are those who never try. Ilka Chase

There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object. John Keats

The glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fall. Anonymous

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

Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons. Denis Waitley

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og Mandino

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

He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody. Joseph Heller

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

When you fall, don't get up empty handed. Anonymous

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

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett

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

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

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

On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear. Bhagavad Gita

Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory. Orison Swett Marden

We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee to fail intelligently... to experiment over and over again and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work. Charles F. Kettering

You can fail so very often. But you are not a failure until you give up. Anonymous

Misfortunes one can endure -- they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults -- Ah! there is the sting of life. Oscar Wilde

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

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

You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere. Charles F. Kettering

Just because you've lost doesn't necessarily mean you've failed. Anonymous

When someone is going downhill everyone likes to give them a kick. Proverb

No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back. Turkish Proverb

The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure. Chinese Proverb

If you've never failed you've never tried. Anonymous

He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. Arthur Miller

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake. Confucius

Even a tombstone says good things about a fellow who's down. Anonymous

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

Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself. Marquis De Vauvenargues

The world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure. Henry Miller

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure. Lao-Tzu

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

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

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

Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets. Michael Korda

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

An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots. Anonymous

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

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. Sri Swami Sivananda

You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them. Orison Swett Marden

It is for want of application, rather than of means that people fail. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind. Napoleon Hill

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience. Elbert Hubbard

Those who have failed miserably are often the first to see God's formula for success. Erwin W. Lutzer

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

No man is a failure who is enjoying life. William Feather

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 the best gain is to lose. George Herbert

We fail far more often by timidity than by over-daring. David Grayson

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

We are all failures -- at least, all the best of us are. Sir James M. Barrie

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. Thomas A. Edison

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done. Samuel Smiles

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

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. William Faulkner

If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

In the end, the only people who fail are those who do not try. David Viscott

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

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

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

There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows. George Eliot

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

The world is divided into two categories: failures and unknowns. Francis Picabia

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

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

Losing is a part of winning. Dick Munro

The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats. Theodore Roosevelt

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

Past failures are guideposts to success. Anonymous

Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus. Bishop Robert South

Thought is born of failure. Lancelot Law Whyte

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. Paramahansa Yogananda

We must expect to fail... but fail in a learning posture, determined no to repeat the mistakes, and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process. Ted W. Engstrom

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

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

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

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

You always pass failure on the way to success. Mickey Rooney

Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory. Anonymous

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

A hard fall means a high bounce... if you're made of the right material. Anonymous

I wasn't afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure. Anne Baxter

To win you've got to stay in the game. Claude M. Bristol

Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it. We learn only from failure. Kenneth Boulding

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage ''coaches'' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. Herbert Kaufman

We learn from failure much more than from success; we often discover what we will do by finding our what we will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. Samuel Smiles

I never see failure as failure, but only as the game I must play and win. Tom Hopkins

Everyone pushes a falling fence. Chinese Proverb

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

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

My downfall raises me to infinite heights. Napoleon Bonaparte

Most people fail in life because they major in minor things. Anthony Robbins

Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. Richard M. Nixon

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

Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. Napoleon Hill

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

We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen. Thomas Merton

Show me a good and gracious loser and I'll show you a failure. Knute Rockne

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. Jim Rohn

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

It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going. Brian Tracy

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

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

When we can begin to take our failures seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. Katherine Mansfield

There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house. Eric Hoffer

They fail, and they alone, who have not striven. Thomas B. Aldrich

To reprove small faults within due vehemence, is as absurd as if a man should take a great hammer to kill a fly on his friend's forehead. Anonymous

Turn your scars into stars. Robert H. Schuller

Failure is in a sense the highway to success, as each discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true. John Keats

No failure in America, whether of love or money, is ever simple; it is always a kind of betrayal, of a mass of shadowy, shared hopes. Greil Marcus

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

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

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

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

However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Every person who has become successful has simply formed the habit of doing things that failures dislike doing and will not do. Anonymous

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

A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost. Ferdinand Foch

If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate. Francois FTNelon

We need to teach the highly educated man that it is not a disgrace to fail and that he must analyze every failure to find its cause. He must learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. Charles F. Kettering

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

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

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

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

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

I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating. Sophocles

Every failure is a step to success. William Whewell

Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed. Lord Chesterfield

Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial. H. Ross Perot

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

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

People don't fail, they give up. Anonymous

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

Failure is the tuition you pay for success. Walter Brunell

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail. Seneca

He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Herman Melville

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

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

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

All honor to him who shall win the prize. The world has cried for a thousand years. But to him who tries and fails and dies, I give great honor and glory and tears. Joaquin Miller

It takes a lot more energy to fail than to succeed, since it takes a lot of concentrated energy to hold on to beliefs that don't work. Jerry Gillies

Silicon Valley is a graveyard. Failure is Silicon Valley's greatest strength. Anonymous

There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. Anthony Robbins

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

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

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

Your failures won't hurt you until you start blaming them on others. Anonymous

When you stand at the edge of the cliff, jump to fly, not to fall. Anonymous

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

There is no such thing as accidental failure. All failure is at least half imposed. Anonymous

Success is 99 percent failure. Soichiro Honda

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

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