Failure Quotes

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Did you fail? Congratulations for that! You can be sure that the benefits of your failure are bigger than you ever thought. In fact every sustainable success, throughout the ages, was based on failures.

Take a look at the lamp in your own room, if Thomas Edison surrendered in his 10th attempt or his 100th or even in his 999th attempt we probably wouldn’t have lamps. He had to fail 1000 times just to get the solution in his 1001 attempt and carve his name with big capital letters in the history of humanity.

If you fail, you should know you’re one step closer to success. With that being we’ve found some quotes about failure from men who’s successes were driven by failures. So enjoy these failure quotes, and be sure to like & share you favorite failure quotes on social – we guarantee that won’t be a failure!


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I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise.

Abraham Lincoln

Everybody said, “Follow your heart”. I did, it got broken

Agatha Christie

To err is human, to forgive, divine.

Alexander Pope

I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.

Amelia Earhart

There will always be haters. And the more you grow the more they hate; the more they hate the more you grow.

Anthony Liccione

I dreamt — marvellous error! — that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.

Antonio Machado

The end of a relationship is not always a failure. Sometimes all the love in the world is not enough to save something. In these cases, it is not a matter of fault from either person. Some things cannot be, it’s as simple as that.

Ashly Lorenzana

Because when you find something you love, you can’t quit. Every failure pushes you harder. It’s in your soul and in your fucking heart

Becca Ritchie

I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.

Benjamin Franklin

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.

Beverly Sills

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

C.S. Lewis

I never fail. It’s just that the people around me succeed more than I.

Carroll Bryant

Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.

Chris Bradford

There is no failure except in no longer trying.

Chris Bradford

Failure is a greater teacher than success

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

Coco Chanel

Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.

Coco Chanel

With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.

Criss Jami

He believed in himself, believed in his quixotic ambition, letting the failures of the previous day disappear as each new day dawned. Yesterday was not today. The past did not predict the future if he could learn from his mistakes.

Daniel Wallace

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

Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.

Dorothy Day

Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks.

Dottie Walters

There is no failure except in no longer trying.

Elbert Hubbard

When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.

Ellen DeGeneres

It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.

Ellen DeGeneres

But instead of spending our lives running towards our dreams, we are often running away from a fear of failure or a fear of criticism.

Eric Wright

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

My past is everything I failed to be.

Fernando Pessoa

A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Giving up is the only sure way to fail.

Gena Showalter

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

George E. Woodberry

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.

H.G. Wells

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.

Henry David Thoreau

Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.

Henry Ford

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

Henry Ford

I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.

Herbert Bayard Swope

I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being–forgive me–rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.

J.K. Rowling

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

J.K. Rowling

We are all failures- at least the best of us are.

J.M. Barrie

My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

Jack Kerouac

The phoenix must burn to emerge.

Janet Fitch

You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.

Jason Mraz

I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.

Jean Vanier

For some unknown reason, success usually occurs in private, while failure occurs in full view.

Jill Shalvis

A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul.

Jillian Michaels

Why are you going to choose failure when success is an option?

Jillian Michaels

You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.

Joel Osteen

You are a side effect,” Van Houten continued, “of an evolutionary process that cares little for individual lives. You are a failed experiment in mutation.

John Green

I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.

John Keats

When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all I can permit myself to contemplate.

John Steinbeck

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping sone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

Johnny Cash

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.

Jules Verne

Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can’t exist without one.

Junot Díaz

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

Ken Robinson

The bottom line is, insults only hurt when they come from someone I respect.

Kresley Cole

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.

Lance Armstrong

Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.

Malcolm X

Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.

Marilyn Monroe

Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.

Markus Zusak

You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you

Maxwell Maltz

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

Maya Angelou

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

Napoleon Hill

I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.

Neal Shusterman

I’m done with those; regrets are an excuse for people who have failed.

Ned Vizzini

Nearly’ only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades.

Neil Gaiman

I’ve reached the age where bruises are formed from failures within rather than accidents without.

Nicole Krauss

There is no tomorrow and there was no yesterday; if you truly want to accomplish your goals you must engulf yourself in today.

Noel DeJesus

Never feel shame for trying and failing for he who has never failed is he who has never tried.

Og Mandino

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise

Oscar Wilde

The way to screw up somebody’s life is to give them what they want.

Patrick Swayze

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

Paulo Coelho

I caught myself thinking about falling in love with someone who I hoped was out there right now thinking about the possibility of me, but I quickly banished the notion. It was that kind of thinking that landed me in this situation to begin with. Hope can ruin you.

Perry Moore

The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures. The person who knows only success can be more oblivious to all the pitfalls.

Randy Pausch

All the time you’re saying to yourself, ‘I could do that, but I won’t,’ — which is just another way of saying that you can’t.

Richard Feynman

if you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want

Richard Yates

What you perceive as a failure today may actually be a crucial step towards the success you seek. Never give up.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Robert F. Kennedy

Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.

Robert T. Kiyosaki

Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.

Roger Von Oech

Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.


We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

Rudyard Kipling

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.

Salvador Dalí

All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Life is full of screwups. You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existance.

Sarah Dessen

Life is full of screwups,” he said, chucking another paper at the split-level before taking the corner. “You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existence.

Sarah Dessen

In every way that counted, I failed him.

Sarah J. Maas

There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.

Sivananda Saraswati

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.


If failure has the strength to turn your life into bitterness itself, then patience has the strength to turn your life into the sweetest joy. Do not surrender to fate after a single failure. Failure, at most, precedes success.

Sri Chinmoy

The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

Stephen McCranie

The value of a moment is immeasurable. The power of just ONE moment can propel you to success and happiness or chain you to failure and misery.

Steve Maraboli

If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

Steven Wright

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

Suzy Kassem

Have faith in your skills. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

Suzy Kassem

I don’t do that kind of negativity. If you put your energy into thinking about how much the fall would hurt, you’re already halfway down.

Tana French

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.

Theodore Roosevelt

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Thomas A. Edison

Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.

Thomas A. Edison

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

Truman Capote

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston S. Churchill

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.

Winston S. Churchill

I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.

Yohji Yamamoto

it’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.

Zig Ziglar

Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.

Zig Ziglar