No man is worthy to succeed until he is willing to fail.
— A.W. Tozer
The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed.
— Lloyd Jones
When I was young, I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.
— George Bernard Shaw
I work continuously within the shadow of failure. For every novel that makes it to my publisher’s desk, there are at least five or six that died on the way.
— Gail Godwin
There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail.
— Henry Ford
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
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
— Dale Carnegie
Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
— Benjamin Disraeli
I have a great deal more respect for someone who keeps coming back after losing heartbreaker after heartbreaker than I do for the winner who has everything going for him.
— Wilt Chamberlain
It took me twelve years to become an overnight sensation.
— Toby Harrah
God has a way for us to do everything He places in our heart. He does not put dreams and visions in us to frustrate us. We must keep our confidence all the way through to the end, not just for a little bit and then when it looks like the mountain is too big, give up.
— Joyce Meyer
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.
— Helen Keller
Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.
— George Meredith
To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character anyone can give. Do not let anyone see your mortification, but whatever you fancy people are saying about you, go on with your life as though nothing unpleasant has happened to you.
— W. Somerset Maugham
Perhaps only when human effort had done its best and failed, would God’s power alone be free to work.
— Corrie ten Boom
I learned the lesson about not fearing failure from my dad because I’ve seen him fail and know what a great man he is. Losing a campaign does not mean losing your integrity, or losing your decency or losing his standing in my eyes or in the eyes of honorable people. We must take risks in order to succeed and if it doesn’t work out for the moment, life itself will work out in the long run.
— George W. Bush
Successful people never make excuses.
— Lou Holtz
Don’t succumb to excuses. Go back to the job of making the corrections and forming the habits that will make your goal possible.
— Vince Lombardi
Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.
— Don Wilder
One of the chief differences between winners and losers is that winners see themselves as winning and losers generally give themselves a reason or an excuse to lose.
— Roger von Oech
People fail in direct proportion to their willingness to accept socially acceptable excuses for failure.
— W. Steven Brown
My dad used to repeat a line of Samuel Beckett’s so often that I had it pinned on my wall at home: “Keep on failing. Only this time fail better.”
— Joely Richarson
Dad had his share of setbacks and he had his share of pain. But we learned from him that you deal with those things, you put them behind you and you move on. You don’t pine or whine or say what might have been. His attitude was, “There’s always tomorrow.”
— Steve Forbes
My dad stressed to us that people aren’t perfect. From time to time, there will be disappointments in life. The idea is to recognize that if things don’t work out perfectly, pick yourself up and move on. Over a long lifetime, my dad never let his disappointments get him down. He just picked himself up, dusted himself off and led a wonderful life.
— Abby Cohen
In baseball you’re going to fail more than you succeed. But my dad taught me that you’ve got to take the good with the bad and keep an even keel. You’ve got to try and have the same approach and same demeanor regardless of the situation.
— Derek Jeter
“Success is not about winning or losing,” my dad told me on more than one occasion, when I felt I had been treated unfairly, or my team hadn’t been victorious, or another kid in class had gotten a higher grade than I had. “Your real success in life comes from adjusting,” he’d say. “How well you adjust, how quickly you adjust and how sensitively you adjust will make all the difference at the end of the day.”
— Peter Greenberg
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