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Failure Quotes

As some of these failure quotes will tell you, failing is a part of life. Some see this as nothing more than a temporary condition that will eventually change. If you look at some of the most successful people throughout history, many of them had to deal with tons of setbacks. We may not always get what we want in life but we do typically get the things we must have no matter what. In other words, when you can continue pursuing what you want despite failing over and over, your chances of success is be much greater.

If you'd like to share a few quotes about failure of your own, you can do that in the comments section at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!

"I do not believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process."

~Oprah Winfrey~

"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment."


"If you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no sense making them."


"The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck."

~Channing Pollock~

"Do not waste precious time on your faults. Change those faults by seeing them disappear. See the positive images instead. Only think about the fault once; then cross it out and see the image of the “new” YOU. Every minute, every hour, visualize the way you want to be. Get excited about the new YOU."

~Thomas D. Willhite~

"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~

"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~

"There are two kinds of people in the world: those who make excuses and those who get results. An excuse person will find any excuse for why a job was not done, and a results person will find any reason why it can be done. Be a creator, not a reactor."

~Alan Cohen~

"Think success and it will happen....Think failure and it will happen...."

~Thomas D. Willhite~

"By demanding results and accepting the responsibility for the failures and lacks in my own life, I gained knowingness. Today, I look back and find it hard to imagine the boy that I was. I still have mountains to climb, although I now see them as challenges. TO LIVE IS TO SEEK CHALLENGE - I WOULD HAVE IT NO OTHER WAY."

~Thomas D. Willhite~

"When we are unable to love and appreciate ourselves and our efforts, we run away from our mistakes and failures, rather than learning from them."

~Meredith L. Young-Sowers~

"If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down."

~Mary Pickford~

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

~Napolean Hill~

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

~Mary Anne Radmacher~

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


"It is easy to despise what you cannot get."


"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure."

~George Edward Woodberry~

"Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose. Everyone has bad stretches and real successes. Either way, you have to be careful not to lose your confidence or get too confident."

~Nancy Kerrigan~

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

"I have failed over and over in my life and that is why I succeed."

~Michael Jordan~

"When you get knocked down, just pick yourself up, and keep walking."


"Suck up whatever life thows at you, stomp on it, and keep going."

~Maximum Ride~

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