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
An apology is the super glue of life. It can repair almost anything.
— Lynn Johnston
Apologize immediately when you lose your temper, especially to children.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
By admitting your mistakes, your inherent message is that you’re trying to be conciliatory, that you really do want to correct the misunderstanding. Doing this immediately takes the other person off the defensive and enables that person to be more willing to own up to his or her mistakes.
— Rick Pitino
I wish to make the personal acknowledgment that you were right and I was wrong.
— Abraham Lincoln, letter to Ulysses S. Grant
Be the first to say sorry. Saying sorry has many benefits, even if it does stick in your throat a little. Not only does it give you the moral advantage, but it also diffuses tension, gets rid of bad feelings and clears the air. Chances are that if you say sorry first, they will probably be humbled into apologizing also.
— Richard Templar
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 most disturbing and wasteful emotions in modern life, next to fright, are those which are associated with the idea of blame, directed against the self or against others.
— Marilyn Ferguson
You can make mistakes, but you aren’t a failure until you start blaming others for those mistakes. When you blame others you are trying to excuse yourself. When you make excuses you can’t properly evaluate yourself. Without proper self-evaluation, failure is inevitable.
— John Wooden
Blame is the coward’s way out.
— Elvin Hayes
The moment you blame anyone for anything, your relationship and your personal power deteriorate.
— Brian Koslow
When people do all they can, though it succeeds not well, blame not them that did it.
— George Washington
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
Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.
— Marcus Martial
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
— Bruce Lee
Confident leaders freely admit their own mistakes. And by doing it publicly, they set an example for others to take responsibility.
— Bill Parcells
A man should never be ashamed to admit he was wrong, which is but saying that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
— Alexander Pope
Admit when you’re wrong. When I’m courageous enough to admit I’m wrong or I’ve made a mistake, I’m amazed at the generosity of the person on the receiving end. This increases trust, elevates credibility and strengthens the relationship.
— Vickie Milazzo