Failure Quotes

Whenever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness, it is a sign of emotional failure.

Bertrand Russell

Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure.

Erik Erikson

In 1990, the MPAA introduced the NC-17 rating to provide an outlet for legitimate adult fare non-pornographic motion pictures with content deemed too strong for the under-17 crowd. The first movie released with an NC-17 was Henry & June, whose financial failure was widely blamed on the new rating. After that, all potentially-lucrative films receiving an NC-17 made the cuts required by the MPAA to earn an R. Now, in 1995, there's Showgirls, the most significant test of the NC-17's commercial viability to date. Helmed by Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Basic Instinct) and written by Joe Eszterhas (Jagged Edge, Basic Instinct), this movie is going into wide release with the adult rating. Too bad it's one of the worst films of the year.

James Berardinelli

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

Denis Waitley

Crime and bad lives are the measure of a StateĆ­s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.

H.G. Wells

The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.

Elbert Hubbard

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness: there is also the success of others

Jules Renard

A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says that someone pushed him.

Elmer G. Letterman

No-one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend

Groucho Marx

A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable

Leslie Lamport

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.


If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.

Florence Scovel Shinn

The success or failure of the euthanasia movement is based on the classification of feeding tubes as a medical treatment

Bobby Schindler

It is not failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.


Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.

Sumner Redstone
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