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bradfordIt seems that failure tends to be more public than success. Or at least that’s what we perceive it to be. We fret it, we try to avoid it, and we question ourselves every time we have unconventional ideas. But the simple truth is – no great success was ever achieved without failure. It may be one epic failure. Or a series of failures – such as Edison’s 10,000 attempts to create a light bulb or Dyson’s 5,126 attempts to invent a bagless vacuum cleaner. But, whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to achieving our dreams.

Several months ago I gave a short, TED-style talk on the topic. And today I wanted to share this collection of 30 quotes that will hopefully inspire you to look at failure differently.

  1. “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden
  2. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  – Jack Canfield
  3. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel
  4. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
  5. “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch
  6. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson
  7. churchill2“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” – Gena Showalter
  8. “If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates
  9. “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
  10. “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
  11. “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  12. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Chris Bradford
  13. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
  14.  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  15. robinson“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho
  16. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong
  17. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  18. “I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.” – Neal Shusterman
  19. “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie
  20. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford
  21. “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis
  22. “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
  23. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill
  24. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. 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
  25. “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar
  26. “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling
  27. green“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. 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
  28. “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad
  29. “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
  30. “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green

Originally posted in Forbes

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4 Responses to “30 Powerful Quotes on Failure”

  1. mikemccann3 says:

    Or a series of failures – such as Einstein’s 10,000 attempts to create a light bulb or Dyson’s 5,126 attempts to invent a bagless vacuum cleaner.

    *Edison* not Einstein

    Loved the compilation here!
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  2. Ekaterina Walter says:

    Yes, you are right, Mike. My bad :) Updated.

  3. I like this one about failure, too:
    “Never invest yourself in anything so deeply that its failure could cost you your happiness.”
    ― Ian Caldwell, The Rule of Four
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