“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha. Here are 58 Inspiring Failure Quotes And How To Deal With It.

Failure Quotes

1. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.”
– Elbert Hubbard

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

3. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
– Robert F. Kennedy

4. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
– Mark Zuckerberg

5. “Failure is an attitude, not an outcome.”
– Harvey MacKay

6. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
– Suzy Kassem

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

8. “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
– Randy Pausch

9. “You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. 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

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

11. “All my successes have been built on my failures.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

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

13. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
– Thomas Edison

14. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Failure Quotes

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

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

17. “A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says that someone pushed him.”
– Elmer G. Letterman

18. “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
– H.G. Wells

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

20. “I’ve come to believe that all my past failures and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”
– Anthony Robbins

21. “It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”
– Zig Ziglar

22. “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
– Douglas Adams

23. “It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience.”
– Lupita Nyong’o

24. “Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can’t go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure is a cancerous way to live.”
– Kevin Bacon

25.“You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.”
– Barack Obama

26. “Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.”
– Virgil Thomson

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

28. “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

Failure Quotes

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

30. “In any case, you must not confuse a single failure with a final defeat.“
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

31. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Oliver Goldsmith

32. “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

33. “Life is full of screwups. You're supposed to fail sometimes. It's a required part of the human existence.”
– Sarah Dessen

34. “The best way out is always through.”
– Robert Frost

35. “Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.”
– Mike Ditka

36. “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill

37. “Just because you fail once doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything.”
– Marilyn Monroe

38. “There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.”
– Tom Krause

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

40. “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
– Wayne Gretzky

41. “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”
– John C. Maxwell

42. “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”
– Zig Ziglar

Failure Quotes

43. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan

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

45. “Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.”
– Unknown

46. “No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.”
– Chris Hardwick

47. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
– Elbert Hubbard

48. “If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got.”
– Mark Twain

49. “Success builds character, failure reveals it.”
– Dave Checkett

50. “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

51. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
– Jack Canfield

52. “What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning – and some of them many times over – what do you find? That you can swim? Well – life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!”
– Alfred Adler

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

54. “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

55. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
– Zig Ziglar

56. “I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”
– Oprah Winfrey

57. “There is no such thing as failure, only results.”
– Tony Robbins

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

Best of Failure Quotes

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
– Michael Jordan
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
– Samuel Beckett
“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”
– C. S. Lewis

Ian Warmer

About the author

Ian Warner has spent over 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete. He went on to become an All-American sprinter at Iowa State, and he represented Canada at the 2012 Olympics. Ian founded Habit Stacker and dedicated his life to helping people to develop winning habits.

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