Failure is the only precursor to success. Big failure, in turn, is the only precursor to big success.
— Tom Peters
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end street.
— John Maxwell
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
— Igor Stravinsky
I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down.
— Allen Neuharth
Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all because you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes.
— Thomas Watson
No man ever progressed to greatness but through great mistakes.
— Frederick Robertson
Failure jolts us out of our routines and forces us to look for fresh approaches.
— Roger von Oech
You really don’t know what your true potential is until you’ve pushed yourself beyond your limits. You have to fail a couple of times to really find out how far you can go.
— Debi Thomas
Have you had little else than defeat? This is the way to success. You will pave the road with the rough flints of your failure.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.
— Leo Buscaglia
The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote into a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes, otherwise he is sure to be mediocre.
— Peter Drucker
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.
— Thomas Edison
You’ll make a lot of mistakes in your life, Susan, but if you learn from every mistake, you really didn’t make a mistake.
— Vince Lombardi, to his daughter
In losing, we learn a lot of football.
— Bill Alexander
It is defeat that turns bone to flint, and gristle to muscle, and makes people invincible, and formed those heroic natures that are now in ascendancy in the world. Do not, then, be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
— Henry Ward Beecher
If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
— John Wooden
Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.
— Phyllis Theroux
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
— George Bernard Shaw
The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He never tries anything new. He is a brake on the wheels of progress.
— M.W. Larmour
One of the first things I learned is that there was a relationship between screwing up and learning. The more mistakes I made, the faster I learned.
— Michael Dell
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
— Thomas Edison
At times failure is very necessary for the artist. It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism.
— John Berger
You will never really be sure you have aimed high enough until you have suffered a failure.
— Robert Schuller
What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to getting better. It is defeat that turns the bones to flint and gristle to muscle and makes men invincible and forms those basic natures that are now in ascendancy in the world. Do not be afraid of defeat.
— Vince Lombardi
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
— Henry Ford
I’ve made many mistakes in my career, and most of them ended up being patented.
— Thomas Edison
Strong people make as many mistakes as weak people. The difference is that strong people admit them, laugh at them and learn from them. That is how they became strong.
— Richard Needham
There is no failure. Only feedback.
No disappointment, setback, trauma or tragedy becomes so devastating that you cannot glean something of value to take with you to the next experience. Successful people learn from everything that happens to them. They become victorious in situations where others see themselves only as victims.
— Cherie Carter-Scott
The wisest person is not the one who has the fewest failures, but the one who turns failures to best account.
— Richard Grant
I failed my way to success.
— Thomas Edison
In God’s economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is.
— Bill Wilson
Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. It’s also a powerful motivator.
— Yogi Berra
I think you learn a lot more in failures and defeats, many times, than you do in victories. God has those difficult times to teach us and to help us grow. I didn’t look at those 27 years as “failure years.” There were things I learned that helped create that Super Bowl win.
— Tony Dungy