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My downfall raises me to infinite heights.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward.

Author: Amar Gopal Bose

Profession: Indian-Born American Engineer, MIT Professor, Founder of Bose Corporation

Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it. We learn only from failure.

Author: Kenneth Boulding


A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.

Author: Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904)

Profession: American Author, Lawyer

To win you've got to stay in the game.

Author: Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951)

Profession: American Author of ''The Magic of Believing''

You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the next level of accomplishment.

Author: Les Brown (1945)

Profession: American Speaker, Author, Trainer, Motivator Lecturer

Failure is an event, never a person.

Author: William D. Brown


Failure is the tuition you pay for success.

Author: Walter Brunell


Failure does not count. If you accept this, you'll be successful. What causes most people to fail is that after one failure, they'll stop trying.

Author: Frank Burford


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

Author: George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

Profession: American Scientist

The only people who never fail are those who never try.

Author: Ilka Chase (1905)

Profession: American Author, Actor

Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

You cannot explain failure any more than you can argue with success.

Author: J. Richard Clarke


A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -- I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.

Author: Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929)

Profession: French Statesman

You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.

Author: Edwin Louis Cole