Failure Quotes


Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal.
– Don Shula

Risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking.
– Jim McMahon

The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.
– David Sarnoff

The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.
– Laurence J. Peter
The only risk of failure is promotion.
– Scott Adams
We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
– Amos Bronson Alcott
I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed.
– George Allen
To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.
– James Allen
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
– Woody Allen
I knew that there were several, among African-American leaders, who had been put out by me because of my failure or reluctance to endorse Sen. Kerry.
– Rodney Alexander
I have never described the time I was in Doctor Who as anything except a kind of ecstatic success, but all the rest has been rather a muddle and a disappointment. Compared to Doctor Who, it has been an outrageous failure really - it's so boring.
– Tom Baker
The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did - which was to hide.
– James A. Baldwin
Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures.
– Bernard Baruch
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
– Ambrose Bierce
Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
– Ambrose Bierce
The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency - the belief that the here and now is all there is.
– Allan Bloom
Over the next four years, we will be bold. We will be willing to experiment. We will not fear failure.
– Matt Blunt
A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.
– John Burroughs
The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only unreality.
– Toni Cade Bambara