Failure quotes and sayings

The only real failure in life is the failure to try.

The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.
Sven Goran Eriksson

If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (Quoted in P.S. I Love You)

Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.

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

Failure is the first step to success.

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
C.S. Lewis

Failure is an event, never a person.
William D. Brown

Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.
Frederick Smith

Failure is not the worst thing in the world, the very worst is not to try.

Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.
Denis Waitley

Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive.
Steven Spielberg

Failure is the tuition you pay for success.
Walter Brunell

Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.
Zig Ziglar

All my successes have been built on my failures.
Benjamin Disraeli

Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure… it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.
Robert Schuller

If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless.
Robert H. Schuller

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
Elbert Hubbard

Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.
Chinese Proverb

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Truman Capote

Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.
Napoleon Hill

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
Roger W. Babson

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Henry Ford

You can’t have any successes unless you can accept failure.
George Cukor

Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
Jim Rohn

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

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert Francis Kennedy

Success is never final; failure is never fatal.
Joe Paterno

Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.
Mike Ditka

The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything – and it works.
William Strong

I wasn’t afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure.
Anne Baxter

The only true failure lies in failure to start.
Harold Blake Walker

Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail.
Lester B. Pearson

Failure is success if we learn from it.
Malcolm S. Forbes

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
Jim Rohn

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Elbert Hubbard

Nothing fails like success because we don’t learn from it. We learn only from failure.
Kenneth Boudling

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 F. Buscaglia

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
Sir Winston Churchill

Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
Napoleon Hill

He who fails to plan, plans to fail.

A failure teaches you that something can’t be done—that way.
Thomas A. Edison

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
Lloyd Jones

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Colin Powell

Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.
Morihei Ueshiba

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Og Mandino

Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.
W. Clement Stone

Failure is in a sense the highway to success, as each discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true.
John Keats

The only real failure in life is one not learned from.
Anthony J. D’Angelo

It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through success; they often succeed through failures.
Samuel Smiles

Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.
Stephen Kaggwa

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
George Edward Woodberry

If you accept failure as an opportunity to learn, it will change your whole perspective.”
Catherine Pulsifer

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Samuel Smiles

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
Denis Waitley

It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.
David Feherty

Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.
H. Ross Perot

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.
Andre Malraux

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
Mike Murdock