Failure Quotes

My reputation grows with every failure.

George Bernard Shaw

A proper autobiography is a death-bed confession. A true man finds so much work to do that he has no time to contemplate his yesterdays; for to-day and to-morrow are here, with their impatient tasks. The world is so busy, too, that it cannot afford to study any man\'s unfinished work; for the end may prove it a failure, and the world needs masterpieces.

Mary Antin

The moment a mere numerical superiority by either states or voters in this country proceeds to ignore the needs and desires of the minority, and for their own selfish purpose or advancement, hamper or oppress that minority, or debar them in any way from equal privileges and equal rights -- that moment will mark the failure of our constitutional system.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Human beings are compelled to live within a lie, but they can be compelled to do so only because they are in fact capable of living in this way. Therefore not only does the system alienate humanity, but at the same time alienated humanity supports this system as its own involuntary master plan, as a degenerate image of its own degeneration, as a record of people's own failure as individuals.

Vaclav Havel

Nostalgia is a necessary thing, I believe, and a way for all of us to find peace in that which we have accomplished, or even failed to accomplish. At the same time, if nostalgia precipitates actions to return to that fabled, rosy-painted time, particularly in one who believes his life to be a failure, then it is an empty thing, doomed to produce nothing but frustration and an even greater sense of failure.

R.A. Salvatore

It seems to me that aesthetics is an area of immense ethical failure. We have a thousand times more ecological consciousness than aesthetic consciousness and we have a hundred times more consciousness of the issues of social equity in the ownership and use of land. Yet, aesthetics has no parity with equity and with ecology, even though aesthetics, more than any aspect of the land ethic, feeds the spirit in direct ways.

Charles E. Littleć

If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure

H. Jackson Brown

This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy.

Henry A. Wallace

To the frustrated, freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint. They are eager to barter their independence for relief from the burdens of willing, deciding and being responsible for inevitable failure. They willingly abdicate the directing of their lives to those who want to plan, command and shoulder all responsibility

Eric Hoffer

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody.

Herbert B. Swope

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

Abraham Lincoln

For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

Mary Kay Ash

Failure is simply the non-presence of success. But a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions.

Orlando Bloom

In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.

Barack Obama

Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others

Amelia Earhart

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

Ambrose Bierce

A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.

John Burroughs

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate

Tom Watson

A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.

Kahlil Gibran

There's dignity in suffering Nobility in pain But failure is a salted wound That burns and burns again.

Margery Eldredge Howell

Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic. It is not idly, passively waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen. It gives us hope by helping us realize that the righteous suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying. We must never give up, regardless of temptations, frustrations, disappointments, or discouragements.

Joseph P. Wirthlin

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.

Elbert Hubbard

Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. This is California? I thought.

Joseph Barbera

Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.

Jim Rohn
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