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Failure Quotes

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.

Author: William Faulkner (1897-1962)

Profession: American Novelist

No man is a failure who is enjoying life.

Author: William Feather (1888-1918)

Profession: American Writer, Businessman

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.

Author: Ella Fitzgerald

Profession: American singer

A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.

Author: Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929)

Profession: French Field Marshal

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Author: Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Profession: American Industrialist, Founder of Ford Motor Company

And nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure all your life.

Author: John W. Gardner (1912)

Profession: American Educator, Social Activist

He's no failure. He's not dead yet.

Author: William Lloyd George


It takes a lot more energy to fail than to succeed, since it takes a lot of concentrated energy to hold on to beliefs that don't work.

Author: Jerry Gillies

Profession: American Author, Speaker

Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction.

Author: Charles J. Givens

Profession: American Businessman, Author, Trainer

No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.

Author: William E. Gladstone (1809-1888)

Profession: British Liberal Prime Minister, Statesman

The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivation, you're down the path of inactivity. You stumble only if you're moving.

Author: Roberto Goizueta

Profession: American Business Executive, CEO of Coca-Cola Company

We fail far more often by timidity than by over-daring.

Author: David Grayson (1870-1946)

Profession: American Journalist and Writer

Failure too is a form of death...

Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)

Profession: British Novelist

Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success.

Author: Thomas C. Haliburton (1796-1865)

Profession: Canadian Jurist, Author