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
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
The most important attribute of successful people is not that they always succeed, but that they respond to failure by coming back and redoubling their efforts.
— Mary Farrell
It’s easy to stick together when you’re winning. But the true test of a team is to stick together when you lose.
— Dale Brown
In the many years before we won a championship I overcame disappointment by not living in the past. To do better in the future you have to work on the “right now.” Dwelling in the past prevents doing something in the present.
— John Wooden
I don’t fear failure because I’ve got the most important ingredients in life at hand – my family and my faith.
— George W. Bush
Losing the Super Bowl was a great disappointment. But I learned from my dad to put things in their proper perspective. It’s only natural to have setbacks in life. But you deal with them and you move on. If losing the Super Bowl is the greatest disappointment I have in my life, then I will have lived a very blessed life.
— Drew Bledsoe
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. It’s the end you’re after.
— Anthony Robbins
Plans are essential, but I don’t think they require religious adherence. If a plan is working, stick with it. If not, change it.
— Robert Dedman
The opposite of quitting isn’t “waiting around.” No, the opposite of quitting is an invigorated new strategy designed to break the problem apart.
— Seth Godin
Flexibility allows you to put worry where it belongs – out of your life – because you know that if one path is closed to you, you can find another one to get you to wherever it is you want to go.
— Pat Williams
When you fail it’s often not the inherent goal that was wrong or misguided, it was simply that the means to that goal were inappropriate. You must be able to separate your vision from the path to that vision – sometimes it’s just the route you take that has to be altered.
— Rick Pitino
There are no triumphs without setbacks. Recognize this, and you’re less likely to be brought down by one failure, or a series of disappointments.
— Joe Torre
There is no disgrace in defeat. Champions are born in the labor of defeat.
— Bill Tilden
There is no such thing as defeat, except when it comes from within. As long as a person doesn’t admit he is defeated, he is not defeated – he’s just a little behind and isn’t through fighting.
— Darrell Royal
Failure is part of learning. Fear of failure can paralyze you. If you don’t risk looking ridiculous or inept or even stupid sometimes, you may stay secure, but you’ll also stay the same. By avoiding failure, you’re also avoiding life’s richness.
— Maria Shriver
You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.
— Charles Noble
When the promise is clear, the price gets easy.
— Jim Rohn
Even those goals that we don’t meet can lead to great satisfaction. How? Because of the effort we put forth. Because of the striving to improve ourselves. This, in itself, will take us to another level.
— Rick Pitino
A distracted existence leads us to no goal.
— Johann von Goethe
I said, “I’m going to be Heavyweight Champion of the World again.” Then in 1994, I became Heavyweight Champion of the World, twenty years after I lost the title to Muhammad Ali. I put my eye on the prize, and I never took it off.
— George Foreman
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Inside a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.
— Muhammad Ali
I learned from my father not to wallow in disappointment. He taught me to use these experiences to fight back – not only for myself, but also in a way that’s constructive and beneficial to many others. He was a very generous person and despite his lifetime of disappointments, he was an incredible optimist.
— Lani Guinier
Ever tried and failed? No matter. Try again and fail better.
— Samuel Beckett
Long before any championships were ever won at UCLA, I came to understand that losing is only temporary and not all-encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.
— John Wooden