170 Failure Quotes That Will Make You More Daring

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Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett

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

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

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Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. John F. Kennedy

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Anyone who attempts is not a failure. Sarah Dessen

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No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. Oprah Winfrey

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A minute’s success pays the failure of years. Robert Browning

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Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Neil Gaiman


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Mistakes are the portals of discovery. James Joyce

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Failure is an attitude, not an outcome. Harvey MacKay

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Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford

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

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There’s meaning in every failure. Find it. Maxime Lagacé

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The Best Failure Quotes

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Failure is success in progress. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed. Robert T. Kiyosaki

There is no failure. Only feedback. Robert Allen

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

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies. Voltaire

Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. Jack Canfield

You should become a connoisseur of your own mistakes, turning them over in your mind as if they were works of art, which in a way they are. Daniel Dennett

First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events. Marie Curie

In any case, you must not confuse a single failure with a final defeat. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I built my life. J.K. Rowling Click to tweet

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

You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. Barack Obama

The only failures are those who fail to try. Lester B. Pearson (Nobel Peace Prize 1957)

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Confucius

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. Michael Jordan

Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. Ralph Ellison

There is no such thing as failure, only results. Tony Robbins Click to tweet

Don’t think of it as failure. Think of it as time-released success. Robert Orben

Sport and life is about losing. It’s about understanding how to lose. Lynn Davies

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. Charlie Chaplin

Part 2. Failure Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Failure Quotes (Edison, Jordan, Buddha, etc)

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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas A. Edison Click to tweet

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

Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure. Sylvester Stallone

Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. Steve Jobs

When it’s tough, will you give up or will you be relentless? Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Bill Gates

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

You have to be able to accept failure to get better. LeBron James

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

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Failure is an important part of your growth. Don’t be afraid to fail. Michelle Obama

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. Barack Obama

In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is to not taking risks. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. James Cameron (Terminator, Avatar, Titanic)

Please know that I am aware of the hazards. 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 a challenge to others. Amelia Earhart (First female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean)

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

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. Buddha Click to tweet

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. Abraham Lincoln

Victory has a hundred fathers, but failure is an orphan. John F. Kennedy

When you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail. John Wooden (More on that quote here)

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. Benjamin Franklin

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

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Oliver Goldsmith

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Failure is success if we learn from it. Malcolm Forbes Click to tweet

The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

Without failure there is no achievement. John C. Maxwell

The cost of failure is…learning. Neil Strauss

You always pass failure on the way to success. Mickey Rooney

To err is human, to forgive, divine. Alexander Pope

Apprentice yourself in failure. Robert Greene

It’s not failure, it’s unfinished success. Unknown

Attitude is the essence of failure or success. Unknown

Key to failure: Trying to please everyone. Unknown

Failure open doors to new opportunities. Unknown

The bigger the failure, the greater the lesson. Unknown

Tough situations build strong people. Unknown

No man is a failure who is enjoying life. William Feather Click to tweet

My reputation grows with every failure. George Bernard Shaw

The phoenix must burn to emerge. Janet Finch

No garden is without its weeds. Thomas Fuller

You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you. Maxwell Maltz

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

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Inspirational Failure Quotes

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If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t taking enough risks. Debbie Millman Click to tweet

Failure either ruins you or turns you into the man you can become. Tucker Max

It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once. Mark Cuban

Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Norman Vincent Peale

You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. 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

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. Oprah Winfrey

It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience. Lupita Nyong’o

Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise. Kobe Bryant

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. H. G. Wells

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas A. Edison

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

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

Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed. Corita Kent

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Not failure, but low aim, is a crime. James Russell Lowell Click to tweet

A hundred failures would not matter, when one single success could change the destiny of the world. Arthur C. Clarke

Failure doesn’t kill you… it increases your desire to make something happen. Kevin Costner

There is no failure unless one stops. Not to work is to cease, tighten up, become nervous and therefore destructive of the creative process. Ray Bradbury

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

The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. Barack Obama

No matter what one does, regardless of failure or success, the experience is a form of success in itself. Jack Ma (alibaba.com)

Embrace failure. Never never quit. Get very comfortable with that uneasy feeling of going against the grain and trying something new. Terry Crews

I think you have to try and fail, because failure gets you closer to what you’re good at. Louis C.K.

Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again. Unknown

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

It is very important to embrace failure and to do a lot of stuff — as much stuff as possible — with as little fear as possible. Stefan Sagmeister

It’s much, much better to wind up with a lot of crap having tried it than to overthink in the beginning and not do it. Stefan Sagmeister

Failure changes for the better, success for the worse. Seneca

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Funny Failure Quotes (Some Will Surprise You)

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If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. Steven Wright Click to tweet

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

Even the worst shit that happens to you can be converted into gold if you are clever enough. Robert Greene

Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo. Jon Sinclair

An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site. Frank Lloyd Wright

Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist. Chris Hardwick

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

There is nothing in the world so easy to explain as failure — it is, after all, what everybody does all the time. Susanna Clarke

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure. George Eliot

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

The real embarrassing issue about failure is your own acknowledgement that you’re not a genius, that you’re not as good as you thought you were. […] There’s only one solution: You must embrace failure. Milton Glaser

Get a bike that’s as low to the ground as you can find, put on elbow and knee pads so you’re not afraid of falling, and go. Andrew Stanton

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. Unknown

Maybe I’m lucky to be going so slowly, because I may be going in the wrong direction. Ashleigh Brilliant

If at first you don’t succeed, get a bigger hammer. Alan Lewis

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Deep And Emotional Failure Quotes (Some Are Sad 🙁 )

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Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. John Wooden Click to tweet

We are all failures – at least the best of us are. J.M. Barrie

Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. Jim Rohn

What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. Tim Ferriss

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

Life is a Tetris. Do something good, it disappears immediately. But mistakes, they accumulate themselves. In the end everyone loses. Alexandra Melo (More on that quote here)

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember. Anne Sullivan

Success or failure is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacity. Walter Scott

Your failure does not define you, your determination does. Unknown Click to tweet

Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them. Sarah Dessen

There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. Laurence J. Peter

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

Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves. Garth Stein

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Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. James Russell Lowell

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. Alexander Dumas

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default. J.K. Rowling

Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure. But the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. J.K. Rowling

It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention. Conan O’Brien

The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them — especially not from yourself. Daniel Dennett

We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us. Rabindranath Tagore

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver

It is your own bad strategies, not the unfair opponent, that are to blame for your failures. You are responsible for the good and bad in your life. Robert Greene (The 33 Strategies of War)

Keep your head up in failure, and your head down in success. Jerry Seinfeld

An action committed in anger, is an action doomed to failure. Genghis Khan

What would you be glad you did – even if you failed? Brené Brown

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Wise Failure Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. Zig Ziglar Click to tweet

Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Oscar Wilde

People who have the ability to fail in public under their own names actually gain a lot of power. Naval Ravikant

Failures are amplified by denying that they are failures. Mark Manson

It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. Roger Babson

If you experiment a lot you will fail often but at the same time your odds of success will also increase. Success and failure go hand in hand; they are not mutually exclusive. Learn to look at success and failure as gradations on a continuum, not as binary opposites. The Ancient Sage

Just because you failed doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. We all fail. Mentally resilient people realize that its not failure that defines your identity but how you respond. Shane Parrish

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. George Soros

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

Mistakes and failures are precisely your means of education. They tell you about your own inadequacies. Robert Greene

Blame is not for failure. It is for failing to help or ask for help. Jorgen Vig Knudstorp (Lego)

Failure is nothing more than learning how to win. Robin Sharma

I’ve come to realize that all my past failures and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understanding that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. Tony Robbins

You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it. Tina Fey

Always remember that failure is an event, not a person. Zig Ziglar

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Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead

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

The trick is to take advantage of the particular details of the mess you’ve made, so that your next attempt will be informed by it and not just another blind stab in the dark. Daniel Dennett

Part 1. Happiness needs sadness. Success needs failure. Benevolence needs evil. Love needs hatred. Victory needs defeat. Pleasure needs pain. Philippos

Part 2. You must experience and accept the extremes because if the contrast is lost, you lose appreciation; and when you lose appreciation you lose the value of everything. Philippos

There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail. What is past is useful only as it suggests ways and means for progress. Henry Ford (More on this quote here)

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it. W. C. Fields

To fail is to give up. But you are in the midst of a moving process. Nothing fails then. All goes on. Work is done. If good, you learn from it. If bad, you learn even more. Ray Bradbury

Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new (and, as such, should be seen as valuable; without them, we’d have no originality). Ed Catmull (Co-founder of Pixar and president of Walt Disney Animation Studios)

The attempt to avoid failure makes failure more likely. Ed Catmull

If you aren’t experiencing failure, it means you are failing. Lance Allred

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Part 4. Conclusion

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Initially, the films we put together, they’re a mess. It’s like everything else in life—the first time you do it, it’s a mess. Sometimes it’s labeled “a failure” but that’s not even the right word to use. It’s just like, you get the first one out, you learn from it, and the only failure is if you don’t learn from it, if you don’t progress. Ed Catmull (Co-founder of Pixar and president of Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. Napoleon Hill Click to tweet

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Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

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