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Quotations: Failure & Mistakes

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Failure, Errors, & Mistakes

“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” —John Dewey


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Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“90% of mistakes happen to people who are too afraid to make a mistake. This is a fact, not a speculation.” —Paulo Cohen

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” —George Bernard Shaw

“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” —James Joyce

“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.” —Confucius

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” —Sir Francis Baco,1561-1626

“Accept a defeat as it is: a defeat. Don’t try to transform it in ‘experience.’ It may be an experience IF you swallow your ego and say to yourself: ‘I lost.’ If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule—never lie to yourself.” —Paulo Cohen

“Admitting Error clears the Score / And proves you Wiser than before.” —Arthur Guiterman

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” —Niels Bohr

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition, giving up is what makes it permanent.” —Marilyn Vos Savant

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” —Dr. Robert Schuller

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” —Ben Franklin

“By honestly acknowledging your past errors, but never damning yourself for them, you can learn to use your past for your own future benefit.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 194

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” —Mary Anne Radmacher

“Despair is the best friend of defeat.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us our way.” —Paulo Coelho

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.” —Ayn Rand

“Don’t try to cover your mistakes with false words. Rather, correct your mistakes with examination.” —Pythagoras, fragment

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” —Samuel Beckett

“Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.” —Napoleon Hill

“Failure can be felt as inferior, or failure can be studied to produce superior performance. “ —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure cannot cope with persistence.” —Napoleon Hill

“Failure comes from correcting people instead of mistakes.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure comes not from mistakes but from not correcting mistakes.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure doesn’t have anything to do with your intrinsic value as a person.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 206

“Failure is an event, never a person.” —William D. Brown

“Failure is caused by bad choices, not your being bad.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure is doing nothing.” —Paul A. Hauck

“Failure is full of information you need.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure is impossible.” —Susan B. Anthony

“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” —John Dewey

“Failure is learning so positive.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure is not a catastrophe that you must panic over.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure is not a sign to quit the game, but, rather, a sign to go back and read the rules again.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure is not a thing.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure is not Fatal.” —Anonymous

“Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” —Arianna Huffington

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time, more wisely.” —Henry Ford

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” —Henry Ford

“Failure is the advice to problem-solve or cope.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure is the fear that produces failures.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure is the path to winner.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure is the primary method of learning for humans; hence, any failure is progress.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failure is the teacher that presents the experience of doing it wrong.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” —Charles F. Kettering

“Fear not failures! This is all a man need know.” —Barash

“Fear not: for I am with thee:” —Isaiah 43:5

“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” —I Peter 2:20

“Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you.” —Herbert Gasser

“Freedom isn’t worth having if it doesn’t include the freedom to make mistakes.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“From error to error one discovers the entire truth.” —Sigmund Freud

“From the errors of others, a wise man correct his own.” —Publilius Syrus

“Have no fear of perfection–you’ll never reach it.” —Salvador Dali

“Have patience with all things but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.” — Saint Frances de Sales

“He is only exempt from failures who makes no effort.” —Richard Whately

“He that fears not the future may enjoy the present.” —Thomas Fuller

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” —Muhammad Ali

“Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.” —Thomas Edison

“I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.” —Cicero

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” —Michael Jordan

“I cannot imagine an event that could cause a ship to founder. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.” —E. J. Smith, Captain of the Titanic

“I have made mistakes but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one.” —James Gordon Bennett

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison

“I’d rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not done.” —Lucille Ball

“If one thinks that failing makes one a complete failure, this is an illogical jump, because a complete failure would have to fail at everything and one surely does not do that. A complete failure would also be doomed to fail in the future which cannot be proven.” —Albert Ellis

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” —Milton Berle

“If we eliminated all errors, we would also eliminate much discovery, art, insight, learning, and creativity that results from facing errors.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means ‘First Attempt in Learning’.” —A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” —Benjamin Franklin

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” —H. G. Wells

“If you haven’t made any mistakes lately, you are either dead or playing things extraordinarily safe.” —Windy Dryden

“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” —Zig Ziglar

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” —Epictetus

“If your plan isn’t working, adjust your plan. Never give up.” —Matt Martin

“If you’ve made a mistake, it’s better just to laugh at it.” —Buddhist saying

“It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.” —David Feherty

“It doesn’t matter if I don’t succeed in something, what matters is that I learn from my mistakes.” —Linda Evans

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life.” —Captain Picard (StarTrek: Next Generation)

“It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.” —Cicero

“It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” —Roger Babson

“It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.” —Henry Longfellow

“Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it’s only kept a secret from the person who fails.” —Robert Half

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.” —Groucho Marx

“Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.” —Viktor E. Frankl

“Mistakes and pressure are inevitable; the secret to getting past them is to stay calm.” —Travis Bradberry

“Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.” —Al Franken

“Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.” —Denis Waitley

“Mistakes are the portal to creativity, to learning something new, to having a fresh look on things.” —Pema Chödrön, Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” —Auguste Rodin

“Of course if you are evolution, then you are capable of creating the human eye simply by making ever more mistakes. If this somehow contradicts all of your empirical and experimental experience, then you must be making another mistake.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” —Otto von Bismarck

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” —Robert F. Kennedy

“Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” —Julie Andrews

“Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.” —John Ruskin

“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” —John Ruskin

“Remember that to change thy opinion and to follow him who corrects thy error is as consistent with freedom as it is to persist in thy error.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Since you cannot fail to fail, you can only fail to make an effort.” —Kevin E. FitzMaurice

“Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success.” —Dowden

“Success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” —Winston Churchill

“Success requires failure to learn how to succeed.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Suicide is the only failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The analysis of error begins with the analysis of language.” —Hans Reichenbach, The Rise of Scientific Philosophy

“The cleverest of all is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.” —Dostoevsky

“The emotionally sound person should be able to take risks, to ask himself what he really would like to do in life, and then to try to do this, even though he has to risk defeat or failure.” —Albert Ellis

“The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.” —Laurence Peter

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.” —Michelangelo

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” —Elbert Hubbard

“The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.” —John McEnroe

“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” —Napoleon Hill

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” —Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried.” —Roy T. Bennett

“The only failure is the failure to learn from failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” —Henry Ford

“The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.” —Meister Eckhart

“The reason we make mistakes is because we all consider the part of life but none life as a whole.” —Seneca

“The secret of all success is to know how to deny yourself. Prove that you can control yourself, and you are an educated man; and without this all other education is good for nothing.” —R. D. Hitchcock

“The secret of success is failing a lot and figuring out why.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The secret of success is learning from mistakes.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desire brings weak results.” —Napoleon Hill

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” —Dale Carnegie

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” —Colin L. Powell

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” —Zig Ziglar

“There is no shame in having fallen. Nor any shame in being born into a lowly estate. There is only shame in not struggling to rise. And also shame for not wishing to attain the better. Or not dreaming about it and praying for it.” —Samuel Amalu

“There are no lines in nature, only areas of color, one against another.” —Edouard Manet

“There is no such thing as a failed experiment, on experiments with unexpected outcomes.” —Buckminster Fuller

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” —Paulo Coelho

“They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.” —Edmund Burke

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve great things.” —John F. Kennedy

“To admit a mistake is also to admit you are now wiser.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“To err is human.” —Seneca

“To err is human; to forgive people and yourself for poor behavior is to be sensible and realistic.” —Albert Ellis

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” —Joseph Chilton Pearce

“To lose is to learn.” —Anonymous

“Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.” —Euripides, fragment

“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” —Aristotle

“What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better.” —Wendell Phillips

“What is there to be afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is you fail. So what? I failed at a lot of things. My first record was horrible.” —John Mellencamp

“We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.” —William Arthur Ward

“Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.” —Johann Kaspar Lavater

“Yes, I sometimes fail, but at least I’m willing to experiment.” —Bono

“You learn as much from those who have failed as from those who have succeeded.” —Michael Johnson

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” —Wayne Gretzky

“Your abilities are neither diminished nor lost because of your mistakes and failures.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure.” —John C. Maxwell

“Your philosophy determines whether you will go for the disciplines or continue the errors.” —Jim Rohn

“Your road to success is paved with your failures.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


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