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Powerful quotes on failure

22 Powerful Quotes on Failure

The real test of character is what a man does after he fails. What will he do next? What resources, what inventiveness, will his failure arouse in him? Will it discover resources of power, will it bring out reserves, double his determination, or will it dishearten him? – Orison Swett Marden in HOW TO PROSPER IN HARD TIMES

The fear of failure prevents us from trying new things, taking wise risks and achieving our goals because we are afraid of stumbling. Most people perceive failure as something that must be avoided by all possible means.

Whenever we fail, it makes us feel sad and disappointed or even worthless and we start thinking we are good for nothing. At least, that’s how our societies have taught us to react.

But the truth is, no successful person will ever tell you that they haven’t failed at some point. Failures are part of life and stepping-stones to success.

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22 powerful quotes on failure we should remember each time we fail.


  1. ‘It’s fine to celebrate success but it’s more important to heed the lessons of failure.’ – Bill Gates
  2. ‘Giving up is a sure way to fail.’ –Gena Showalter
  3. ‘You’ll definitely pass failure on your way to success.’ – Mickey Rooney
  4. ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’- Thomas Edison
  5. ‘Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently this time.’ – Henry Ford
  6. ‘Develop success from failure. Discouragement and failure are the two stepping stones to success.’- Dale Carnegie
  7. ‘Failure is success if we learn from it.’ – Malcolm Forbes
  8. ‘There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure.’ – Paulo Coelho
  9. ‘Failure is the condiments that give success it’s flavour.’ – Truman Capot
  10. ‘Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.’ – Lance Armstrong
  11. ‘Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions; could have, might have and should have. – Louis E. Boone
  12. ‘If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.’ – H.G Wells
  13. ‘Failure is the key to success, each mistake teaches us something.’ – Morihei Ueshiba
  14. ‘I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.’ – Michael Jordan
  15. ‘It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.’ – J.K. Rowling
  16. ‘Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.’ –Richard Branson
  17. ‘One of the common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.’ – Napoleon Hill
  18. ‘It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.’ – Ellen DeGeneres
  19. ‘I’ve missed 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again and that’s why I succeed.’ – Michael Jordan
  20. ‘If you are afraid to fail, your successes will be few, common and unmemorable.’ – Lorii Myers
  21. ‘There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.’ – Colin Powell
  22. ‘The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Izuzu Nworgu • September 1, 2016

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  1. Idriss September 2, 2016 - 3:45 pm Reply

    Very inspiring thanks for sharing !

    • Izuzu Nworgu September 2, 2016 - 6:07 pm Reply

      Thank you for reading.

  2. candy September 2, 2016 - 3:58 pm Reply

    To many people are afraid to fail or look at failing as the end. So not true.

  3. Lisa Sell September 2, 2016 - 4:18 pm Reply

    I’ve always loved #4. It’s like the old saying, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.’

    • Izuzu Nworgu September 2, 2016 - 6:02 pm Reply

      Hello Lisa
      That’s a good interpretation of the 4th quote.
      Thank you.

  4. Jas September 2, 2016 - 4:21 pm Reply

    A great reminder an awesome quotes. I view failure as simply not trying – that’s helped me get through tough times.

    • Izuzu Nworgu September 6, 2016 - 9:01 am Reply

      Hello, Jas.
      I love your perception of failure (simply not trying).
      Thank you

  5. Taylor Mobley September 3, 2016 - 5:15 pm Reply

    These are great quotes. Thanks for sharing!

    • Izuzu Nworgu September 6, 2016 - 8:53 am Reply

      Thank you Taylor

  6. Boon Ong September 5, 2016 - 12:30 am Reply

    Nice quotes. Totally love it.

    • Izuzu Nworgu September 6, 2016 - 8:55 am Reply

      Thank you Boon

  7. Julie September 6, 2016 - 9:47 am Reply

    Exactly right, you may a few times, but think of it as one step closer to achievement.

  8. Lys September 6, 2016 - 9:21 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing! Inspirational!

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