114 Famous Quotes About Failing

Failure is inevitable.  It’s simply a part of life.  In order to succeed, we must fail many times.

The idea of failure is perceived two ways: You see failure as a stopping point in your journey or you see failure as an opportunity to do better, learn from the mistake and move forward.

Of course, each of us would love to view failure in a positive light, that’s not always the case.  Failures in life tend to bring our confidence and motivation down.

But nothing teaches you a lesson more than when you fail at something.  To be at your best and move forward in life, past failures need to be looked at as lessons.

Everyone fails at something at some point in their lives.  These famous quotes about failing you will realize that failure can either break you or you become stronger!

Famous Quotes About Failing

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”

― Sophocles

“I’m done with those; regrets are an excuse for people who have failed.”

― Ned Vizzini

“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.”

― Markus Zusak

“My past is everything I failed to be.”

― Fernando Pessoa

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.”

― Marilyn Monroe

famous quotes about failing

“Life is full of screwups. You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existance.”

― Sarah Dessen

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

― Robert F. Kennedy

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

― Coco Chanel

famous quotes about failing

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

― Samuel Beckett

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.”

― Jack Kerouac

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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

― Maya Angelou

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ”

― Coco Chanel

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

― Winston S. Churchill

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”

― Salvador Dali

famous quotes about failing

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

― Truman Capote

“Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.”

― Roy T. Bennett

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”

― Lance Armstrong Sally Jenkins

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

― Paulo Coelho

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”

― Herbert Bayard Swope

“We are all failures- at least the best of us are.”

― J.M. Barrie

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”

― H.G. Wells

“I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.”

― Neal Shusterman

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“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

― Ken Robinson

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.”

― Henry Ford

“Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.”

― Roy T. Bennett

famous quotes about failing

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”

― Robert T. Kiyosaki

“The phoenix must burn to emerge.”

― Janet Fitch

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”

― Ben Carson

“Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you do after you fail that determines whether you are a leader or a waste of perfectly good air.”

― Sabaa Tahir

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

― J.K. Rowling

“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

“Failures are the stairs we climb to reach success.”

― Roy T. Bennett

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

― Suzy Kassem

famous quotes about failing

“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.”

― Dr Roopleen

“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.”

― Thomas A. Edison

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

― Henry Ford

“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 but a challenge to others.”

― Amelia Earhart

“Failure is constructive feedback that tells you to try a different approach to accomplish what you want.”

― Idowu Koyenikan

“I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“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

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

― Napoleon Hill

“I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.”

― John Keats

famous quotes about failing

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want”

― Richard Yates

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”

― Stephen McCranie

“Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

― Chris Bradford

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“The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures. The person who knows only success can be more oblivious to all the pitfalls.”

― Randy Pausch

“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”

― C.S. Lewis

“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”

― Zig Ziglar

“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.”

― Mandy Hale

“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.”

― Gena Showalter

“But instead of spending our lives running towards our dreams, we are often running away from a fear of failure or a fear of criticism.”

― Eric Wright

“We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.”

― Rudyard Kipling

“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

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”

― Beverly Sills

“Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.”

― Roger Von Oech

“Lucy: You learn more when you lose
Charlie Brown: Well then I must be the smartest person in world!!!”

― Charles M. Schulz

“You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

― J.K. Rowling

“You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you”

― Maxwell Maltz

famous quotes about failing

“As long as you gave everything you had and you didn’t let it break you, it could never be considered a failure.”

― Merphy Napier

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping sone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

― Johnny Cash

“Never feel shame for trying and failing for he who has never failed is he who has never tried.”

― Og Mandino

“When I thought about why I was sometimes reluctant to push myself, I realized that it was because I was afraid of failure – but in order to have more success, I needed to be willing to accept more failure.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“Failure is when you talk yourself out of becoming something amazing.”

― Rudy Francisco

“What you perceive as a failure today may actually be a crucial step towards the success you seek. Never give up.”

― Richelle E. Goodrich

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise”

― Oscar Wilde

“It is not a failure to readjust my sails to fit the waters I find myself in.”

― Mackenzi Lee

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

― Swami Sivananda

“Don’t waste your time hating a failure. Failure is a greater teacher than success. Listen, learn, go on.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

famous quotes about failing

“With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.”

― Criss Jami

“I told you before, that there are different ways to fail. Imperfection is inevitable. That’s life. But it doesn’t sound to me like you failed at all, Eve. It sounds like your dream broke, and you’ve been picking up shattered pieces, and blaming yourself when your hands bleed.”

― Talia Hibbert

“It is not failure to fail.”

― Roshani Chokshi

“The value of a moment is immeasurable. The power of just ONE moment can propel you to success and happiness or chain you to failure and misery.”

― Steve Maraboli

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“I think for anyone to become good at something, they have to fail a lot too. And they have to be completely unafraid to fail or they’ll never make it to the next level.”

― Amy Schumer

“I enjoy the fun of failure. It’s fun to fail, I kept repeating. It’s part of being ambitious; it’s part of being creative. If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly”

― Gretchen Rubin

“Excuses are merely nails used to build a house of failure.”

― Habeeb Akande

“Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks.”

― Dottie Walters

famous quotes about failure

“Every single person is a fool, insane, a failure, or a bad person to at least ten people.”

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“I assumed that everything would lead to complete failure, but I decided that didn’t matter – that would be my life. ”

― Jasper Johns

“I don’t do that kind of negativity. If you put your energy into thinking about how much the fall would hurt, you’re already halfway down.”

― Tana French

“There is no tomorrow and there was no yesterday; if you truly want to accomplish your goals you must engulf yourself in today.”

― Noel DeJesus

“If failure has the strength to turn your life into bitterness itself, then patience has the strength to turn your life into the sweetest joy. Do not surrender to fate after a single failure. Failure, at most, precedes success.”

― Sri Chinmoy

“You can fail many times, but you’re not a failure until you begin to blame somebody else.”

― John Burroughs

“Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it.”

― T. Scott McLeod

“Have you had a failure or rejection? You could get bitter. That’s one way to deal with it. Or…you could just get BETTER. What do you think?”

― Destiny Booze

“Being right keeps you in place. Being wrong forces you to explore.”

― Steven Johnson

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”

― Richard Branson

“If there is one lesson I’ve learned from failure and success, it’s this. I am not the outcome. I am never the result. I am only the effort.”

― Kamal Ravikant

“Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve started to think of failure.”

― Tommy Lasorda

“Failure is not the end. In fact it is the beginning of a beautiful journey.”

― Jade Youssef

“Failures make you humble, they make you realize that you are not the center of the world, proving that we are all alike, and they also shower you with wisdom. That’s why I have always been a great fan of failures as they offer you more than success can.”

― Neeraj Agnihotri

“Never mind those failures till yesterday. Each new day is a sequel of a wonderful life; gifted with hopes to succeed.”

― Aniruddha Sastikar

“Trying is fine. Failing is inevitable. Don’t let it devour you.”

― Michelle Sagara

“Failure is a part of life. Success teaches you nothing, but failure teaches you resilience. It teaches you to pick yourself up and try again.”

― Sarah Morgan

“Sometimes we have to soak ourselves in the tears and fears of the past to water our future gardens.”

― Suzy Kassem

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“If you fall, you fall,” Elodin shrugged. “Sometimes falling teaches us things too.” In dreams you often fall before you wake.”

― Patrick Rothfuss

“You were born a winner, a warrior, one who defied the odds by surviving the most gruesome battle of them all – the race to the egg. And now that you are a giant, why do you even doubt victory against smaller numbers and wider margins? The only walls that exist are those you have placed in your mind. And whatever obstacles you conceive, exist only because you have forgotten what you have already achieved.”

― Suzy Kassem

“There is no faster way to harden my determination than to assume I will fail at something.”

― Marie Brennan

“Sometimes, when we want something so badly, we fear failure more than we fear being without that thing.”

― Matthew J. Kirby

“I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young. I learned a lot out of that. Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid. I’ve never had the feeling I couldn’t walk out and get a job doing something.”

― Walt Disney

“How we feel is not who we are. We might feel like failures, but as long as we are still trying, we are not failures. We are works in progress.”

― Toni Sorenson

“When we give ourselves permission to fail..we at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”

― Eloise Ristad

“Failure only happens when you lose your willpower to continue trying…If we let the obstacles get the best of us then it was our choice to fail, not fate.”

― Lindsey Rietzsch

“So, I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.”

― Charles Dickens

“Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it’s dead. But we’re allowed to learn from our mistakes and from our failures. And that’s how I learn, by falling flat on my face and picking myself up and starting all over again.”

― Madeleine L’Engle

“Nothing makes a person desire improvement like failure”

― Chris Stocking

“Success and failure come and go, but don’t let them define you. It’s who you are that matters.”

― Kamal Ravikant

“The way into the hall of success always passes through the chamber of decision. Decide to be a success; success is deliberate!”

― Israelmore Ayivor

“Ideas do not have to be correct in order to be good; its only necessary that, if they do fail, they do so in an interesting way. ”

― Robert Rosen

“Try again; you have millions of alternatives. Fill yourself with the bullets of hope and you will kill failure with one shot.”

― Israelmore Ayivor

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