Failure quotes and sayings
There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.
Michael J. Fox
I wish I'd known more about how to build a startup when I was younger.
I would like to say I've achieved goals, but really, modeling is all luck. You're not really achieving anything. The least hardworking person with a special face can be huge and have a whole world of success.
The democratic system is challenged by the failure in television because our evening news programmes have gone for an attempt to entertain as much as to inform in the desperate fight for ratings.
It is in our genes that we think of breaking up when we love and of failure and fall when we succeed.
There was very much in the whole affair of which he would not be proud as he led his bride to the altar; - but a man does not expect to get four thousand pounds a year for nothing.
The terror of failure can make you feel like a failure. So a bunch of people think you're not very good at your thing. How much do you invest in what they say? How much do you care? Failure is not putting yourself on the line.
The failure of Lehman Brothers demonstrated that liquidity provision by the Federal Reserve would not be sufficient to stop the crisis; substantial fiscal resources were necessary.
Don't be afraid of failure; be afraid of petty success.
You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that's where you'll find success - on the far side of failure.
Thomas J. Watson
I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
We dissect failure a lot more than we dissect success.
You'll never convince me there is a hopeless situation or there is any finality in any success or any failure.
Lead yourself whenever your boss' leadership deteriorates. When your boss doesn't praise what you do, praise yourself. When your boss doesn't make you big, make yourself big. Remember, if you have done your best, failure does not count.
So the poet, who wants to be something that he cannot be, and is a failure in plain life, makes up fictitious versions of his predicament that are interesting even to other persons because nobody is a perfect automobile salesman.
Losing is no disgrace if you've given your best.
A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life.
Man's sin is in his failure to live what he is. Being the master of the earth, man forgets that he is the servant of God.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
I know that there is failure, but if you're prepared, you can accept whatever happens in the ring.
I was raised in the '70s, and I've worked with people I love, and I've been on sets with my parents, with people who run a set and require of actors a sense of liberty and freedom and exploration and failure into brave achievement.
People say they want to be in risky environments and do all kinds of exciting stuff. But they don't actually know what risk means: that risk actually does bring failure and mistakes.
Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.
Failure actually makes you strong.
The failure of women to have reached positions of leadership has been due in large part to social and professional discrimination. In the past, few women have tried, and even fewer have succeeded.
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
When you experience a failure as a leader, don't hide it - talk about it. Your missed opportunity will encourage others to take risks.
They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure.
There's no amount of money that makes you feel better when people think of you as a joke or a hack or a failure or ugly or stupid or morally empty.
The failure to work out sensible budgets makes it impossible for government agencies to make long-term plans, and instead leaves them scrambling to spend money in the short term.
Bacon is so good by itself that to put it in any other food is an admission of failure. You're basically saying, 'I can't make this other food taste good, so I'll throw in bacon.'.
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.
If you're not a target, you're a failure.
G. Gordon Liddy
After five awful movies, I admitted failure and said I was not cut out to be an actor. But how many people get a chance to live their dream?
Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
I have always felt that although someone may defeat me, and I strike out in a ball game, the pitcher on the particular day was the best player. But I know when I see him again, I'm going to be ready for his curve ball. Failure is a part of success.
Failure is impossible.
Susan B. Anthony
A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren't proud of what you're doing, why should anybody else be?
It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression.
Failure is always an option.
There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.
Boston has carried the practice of hypocrisy to the n-th degree of refinement, grace, and failure.
I think that nerds, if you want to call them that, have only gotten more hip and assimilated into the culture.
At the heart of our public morality is the idea that he who gives generously is most virtuous and morally praiseworthy; that there is no greater citizen than she who sacrifices; and that there is no greater measure of worth than contribution. These are values we can be proud of. After all, there is no moral system or religion on earth where the guiding ethic is grab more for yourself.
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
If a process or adaptation seems too smart for nature, that's a failure of your imagination, not the hand of God. I can make that claim because we have a working model of life's morphing and molding without it.
Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones.
Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.
John C. Maxwell
Do not let your ambitions become a sanctuary for your failures.
Bryant H. McGill
Failure is an extremely personal thing, and so is success. The problem with people is they don't own their failure, and if you don't own your failures, you're never going to own your successes.
In high school, in sport, I had a coach who told me I was much better than I thought I was, and would make me do more in a positive sense. He was the first person who taught me not to be afraid of failure.
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.
That sense of failure, I don't know where people put it who don't write songs and aren't able to emote physically. It must go somewhere.
I don't think Cheney started off in 2000 with a burning desire to become vice-president. I think the prospect gradually became more appealing, and he goosed the process.
I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.
The reason was the failure of both Japan and China to understand each other and the inability of America and the European powers to sympathize, without prejudice, with the peoples of East Asia.
D. H. Lawrence
The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause.
Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant - the digitalis of failure.
I wasn't afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure.
Bare hands grip success better than kid gloves. Be thorough in all things, no matter how small or distasteful! The man who counts his hours and kicks about his salary is a self-elected failure.
Charles M. Schwab
I honestly think I'm the kind of person that is driven by fear of failure rather than striving for success. I tend to go to bed scared and wake up terrified.
Many of the ethnic and other parochial tensions that have tended to create insecurity and outright conflict, time and time again, are largely as a result of failure to deliberately undertake nation-building efforts.
Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose.
A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.
All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure.
Success breeds success, and failure leads to a sort of fallow period.
My father was a man of principle who found his principles confirmed in the unremitting failure which they brought on him.
Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.
In God's world, for those who are in earnest, there is no failure. No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken, no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain.
Frederick William Robertson
I've become a professional failure - in order to pay the mortgage I have to remain unemployed. Luckily, a disaster always seems to befall me at exactly the right moment.
Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
James Russell Lowell
At the root of many a woman's failure to become a great cook lies her failure to develop a workmanlike regard for knives.
Robert Farrar Capon
Americans need bullshit the way koala bears need eucalyptus leaves. They've become totally addicted to it. They get so much of it back home that they can't survive without it.
It's a failure of imagination if you can only write what you know - we have to be able to imagine different worlds.
Life is like a circle and you have to know when to move on. Success and failure are a part and parcel of it.
Your attitude is more important than the events happening around you. Artists develop a syndrome taught in art schools. It is a malady titled, 'Artistic Temperament'... rudeness, excuses, slovenliness, laziness, clutter, addictions, non-commercial attitudes, un-professionalism... and a good reason for failure.
But by reframing the learning process and focusing on the cool end goal, the fear of failure is often taken off the table, and learning just comes more naturally.
So it is in poetry. All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress us as having been of the kind that exhausts the imaginative capacity; if it fails to do this the failure will announce itself either in prose or in insignificant verse.
Failure doesn't kill you... it increases your desire to make something happen.
The failure of Christianity in the areas west from Sicily was even greater, and was increased by the spread of Arab outlooks and influence to that area, and especially to Spain.
If you fall during your life, it doesn't matter. You're never a failure as long as you try to get up.
Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.
Norman Vincent Peale
Arnold J. Toynbee
'The White Woman on the Green Bicycle' is a love story mapped onto an unfolding political tragedy: that of the failure of the Independence era in Trinidad.
It's - everybody's looking at the bottom line all the time, and failure doesn't look good on the bottom line, and yet you don't learn anything without failing.
There's a saying in my business that there are two kinds of coaches - those who have been fired and those who haven't been fired yet. That's kind of like prostate cancer. Every man will have it if he lives long enough.
With the NDAA, his failure to close Guantanamo Bay and the ramping use of drones, President Obama looks suspiciously like President Bush, a man on a quest for American Empire.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
H. G. Wells
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