Have You Ever Failed?

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Welcome to my collection of inspirational and motivational quotations. Reading and collecting books of quotations is one of my hobbies. Whenever I'm feeling down or have a looming personal problem, I turn to my books for some inspiration and words of wisdom.


The quotes in each of the categories listed below are some of my personal favorites that I've collected over the years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

We are part of an industry where FAILURE looms in the corner. Some of you already failed. Yet, you stood up and continued the battle. Here are some of the quotations about FAILURE.

Go back a little to leap further.
John Clarke

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

Half of the failures in life come from pulling one's horse when he is leaping.
Thomas Hood

I failed my way to success.
Thomas Edison

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare

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

Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.
Newell D. Hillis

They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich

We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.
Samuel Smiles


I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best.
John Keats

It is foolish to fear what you cannot avoid.
Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes.
Publius Syrus

He that is down needs fear no fall.
John Bunyan

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
George Herman "Babe" Ruth

One who fears failure limits his activities.
Failure is only the opportunity to more
intelligently begin again.
Henry Ford

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving

Our greatest glory consist not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Oliver Goldsmith

Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.
Nelson A. Rockefeller

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent van Gogh

The greatest men sometimes overshoot themselves, but then their very mistakes are so many lessons of instruction.
Tom Browne

Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.
James A. Froude

It is the want of diligence, rather than the want of means, that causes most failures.
Alfred Mercier

A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed--I well know.
For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
Georges Clemenceau

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Napoleon Bonaparte

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Elbert Hubbard

There is no impossibility to him who stands prepared to conquer every hazard.
The fearful are the failing.
Sarah J. Hale

Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air.
Johann C. F. von Schiller

Failure teaches success.
Japanese Saying

Have you ever failed? What did you do to overcome failure? When can we say that a failure is failure? Need some feedbacks, fellow Warriors.
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  • Profile picture of the author jesus72knight
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I will save and read this when I'm feeling down.
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  • Profile picture of the author pethanks
    Yes, I always failed. But I make those failures as my stepping stone for success.
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  • Profile picture of the author OnQuest
    That which does not kill me makes me stronger.

    Yes i have failed... ive been homeless twice and bankrupt once. Sucks to have to climb back up from that. A person learns what is important and what is not.

    Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author sith005
    I fail everyday, and I'm thankful for that. If I didn't fail, I would have no way to then succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author kjfuller1
    Great post- if you don't fail, you probably aren't trying to make a change and do something new.
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  • Profile picture of the author RegalWeb
    Originally Posted by OnQuest View Post

    That which does not kill me makes me stronger.

    Yes i have failed... ive been homeless twice and bankrupt once. Sucks to have to climb back up from that. A person learns what is important and what is not.

    Mike
    Hi, there! So, you're from Butuan City? Nice to know that.

    Originally Posted by sith005 View Post

    I fail everyday, and I'm thankful for that. If I didn't fail, I would have no way to then succeed.
    Right. We learn from our mistakes.

    Originally Posted by kjfuller1 View Post

    Great post- if you don't fail, you probably aren't trying to make a change and do something new.
    That's the role of FAILURES in our life. Changes only occur when things go wrong.
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    • Profile picture of the author SP ESP
      Yes, failure is just fine - at least you're doing something. You just need to make sure you succeed more times than you fail.
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  • Profile picture of the author storge
    Failure is known to be the teacher of most successful ventures. Rarely does one succeed at
    first attempt,ask Thomes Edison the great inventor who failed almost 10000 times!
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  • Profile picture of the author andy rodick
    Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
    Napoleon Hill
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  • Profile picture of the author speedbird
    Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor
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    • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
      Originally Posted by speedbird View Post

      Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor
      Like it a lot,great contribution!
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  • Profile picture of the author jointaldc
    Half of the failures in life come from pulling one's horse when he is leaping.
    Thomas Hood
    I like that one, I like it a lot.

    It resonates with me. Because I'm afraid of a lot of things, especially success. And I over-analyze and overthink a situation, when in fact, I should just... go with it. Go with the horse....

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author SPMassie
    Failure is a necessary part of success. In fact I've learned more from my failures than my successes
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    • Profile picture of the author bailey.johnson01
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. This is one of my favorite posts of yours that I've read to date.It seems so obvious that experiencing and growing from failure is a integral part of success - yet its something that bears repeating.
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  • Profile picture of the author nowk
    I'm still failing my way to success. I haven't reach any "turning" point yet. I just keep on failing! But that's learning ain't it not?

    Loves those quotes btw
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  • Profile picture of the author chooch
    2 steps forward....1 step back.

    Seems to work for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    To Quote JF Straw

    "Show me a man who is afraid to fail...and I will show you a man who will never succeed".
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    • Profile picture of the author Marketing Cheetah
      Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

      To Quote JF Straw

      "Show me a man who is afraid to fail...and I will show you a man who will never succeed".
      Thats the best quotation
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  • Profile picture of the author RegalWeb
    We all got skinned and bruised, but wounds heal faster if remedied by passion and hard work. Success is not that far.
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  • Profile picture of the author Corvinus
    I failed my way to success.

    I like this one. Without Failure, life is boring...
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  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    Wow RegalWeb what an idea, thanks a lot for that very wonderful quotes, gonna BM this page.
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  • Profile picture of the author stealthpromo
    I failed hard at becoming a doctor. And now i'm here. Womp womp.
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    • Profile picture of the author ausmarketer
      My God I've had some spectacular 'fails' in my life (personally, financially, relationships)...and even though they were really painful at the time, I'm thankful for all of them...because they taught me so much about myself and how 'not' to get what I want out of life.

      Thanks for posting these great quotes!
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  • Profile picture of the author astnpwrz
    GREAT post with some great quotes. My personal favorite, since I failed COUNTLESS times in the past, is by Michael Jordan. "Ive failed over and over again, and that is why I succeed."
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  • Profile picture of the author DIGITALCHAMELEON
    Failure is a part of success, its only matters on how we dealt with it and on how we rise in every time we fall. Any way I like your collection of inspirational quotes. Gonna share this to some of my friends offline who do business as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author donnan
    Is it that we plan to fail? or we just fail to plan?
    I don't know the author but I think this is a very worth quotation.
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  • Profile picture of the author securelogy
    I failed so many times that I have lost count.
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  • Profile picture of the author bilzz
    Very good thread ...and great quotes ..thanks for sharing us
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  • Profile picture of the author 247Copywriter
    I don't do failure. I just make mistakes along the way. And move on.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Yep you win some and lose some.. but it's all part of having a successful business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Duy Nguyen
    There is no such thing as failure, there are only results -Anthony Robbins

    Above is one of my favorite quotes about success Just want to share it with my warriors. Of course we meet failures along the way, but it's a chance to learn, and rework with something to make things become better. Wishing you the best!

    Btw, anyone remembers Thomas Edison? I was terrified when I know that he failed 10k times before inventing the light bulb! What an amazing human!
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    Failure Is Temporary, Giving Up Makes It Permanent
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  • Profile picture of the author charlesgosu
    Failing is a part of growing.. sometime you need to fail to grow up... It's all part of being successful
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  • Profile picture of the author signity2
    i get failures but then keep in my mind that failure is the first step of success
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  • Profile picture of the author ktmakwana
    Everyone experiences failure at some point in life, and successful people experience it more than most.

    "I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward...Thomas Edison"

    One of the great differences between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people have learnt a major life lesson and do not see failure as a negative dead end that stops them in their tracks. Instead they see it as a learning opportunity, a signpost that helps point out the right path forward.

    "Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success...John Keats"
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  • Profile picture of the author feiyin85
    Add on to your collection

    "If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate."– Thomas Jefferson
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  • Profile picture of the author HugoG
    There is no failing in this life. There are just results that gives us feedback if we are getting what we want. If we didn't get what we want then just make the changes you need to make in order to make different results.

    This will instantly change your life is you accept it because this will make everything of your past "failures" just results. And this is in fact true.

    I hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author dp40oz
    This is the second inspirational thread ive read today. I hope one day I can have a nice outlook on failing. I guess its easy when you're incredibly successful like the gentlemen quoted above.
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  • Profile picture of the author Orator
    "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
    ~ Michael Jordan

    I like this one.
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  • Profile picture of the author loganquinn
    I have failed over and over again. Every time I failed people would tell me I was a failure and a bum. But every time I picked myself up again and learned from the experiences. I'm glad I failed so many times. Otherwise I would never have been able to succeed!
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  • Profile picture of the author idhay30
    I have been failed when google adsene banned for two times........OMG
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I will save and read this when I'm feeling down.
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  • Profile picture of the author dmaz Inc.
    "The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote to a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes...otherwise he is sure to be mediocre." - Peter Druker
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  • Profile picture of the author ejb2059
    These are great - Thank you
    I've always found that by following those who've tried, failed, then succeed in life, my road becomes a bit "easier"
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  • Profile picture of the author fusiongenesis
    Thanks for this post dude. This is definitely inspiring. I actually made a wallpaper out of this: "Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them."
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  • Profile picture of the author claytonkeirns
    those are awesome man... In all honesty I hope nobody ever accepts the term FAILURE.

    Failure can be an ASSET to you if you learn from it and if you GROW from it

    So many people never achieve this stuff because they are too afraid to get rejected. And just to let you know...

    EVERYONE has been rejected before in their life! Get back up and don't quit until you SUCCEED!
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    "Forget about plan B, it takes too much focus off of plan A" -Will Smith

    "What's the 'Magic Bullet' that you have figured out?....Okay, what I would like you to do now, is to make a commitment to yourself to just give it away. Give it away to as many people as possible" -Eben Pagan

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    • Profile picture of the author darkhazza
      I find it interesting that Napoleon Bonaparte was listed in the quotes. If anything this highlights that failure and risk require control. The people that climb up from bankruptcy take a heck of a lot longer to get back to both a happy life and a chance at the life they want.

      Napoleon never managed to build his armies back up and succeed and ended up dying a "failure".

      Now on the other hand, what we perceive as risky isn't always risky. The risk of looking like a fool to your friends and family is more a perceived risk than a real risk that will stay with you for years to come. You can also afford to lose several thousand especially if it ends up being offset against your taxable income.

      Should you end up with $200k in debt, it will look extremely heroic when you climb back up to the black and make a good income to go with it. But there's a real possibility that without that debt you would have a lot more in the bank at the current moment in time. You will also have less chance of cancer and terminal illnesses from the ridiculously high level of stress you just experienced.

      Don't get me wrong though trying and trying again is often necessary, it just doesn't mean you should disregard the consequences of failure.
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  • I've failed many times in many things from putting together a wardrobe from Ikea to setting up a business.

    I then had the choice to give up or try again.

    Without your failures you don't appreciate your successes.

    I now have a wardrobe and a business.

    Learn from failure but don't let it bring you down

    Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author digdmas
    The concept is basic, failure is an agent of change for you to succeed, do not let the negative perception surrounding it bring you down. You are responsible for your life and not turn into a positive experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author mjMONEY
    I've had campaigns that have FAILED miserably, and it is incredibly discouraging when you lose money instead of gain. That being said, along with my failures I've had a lot of success so far, and it has outweighed my failures. Your best bet is to just grab this whole IM thing by the balls and go for the ride! You're bound to succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Kerr
    Failure, is not when an objective isn't met, its when you stop working towards the objective.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon H
    Everyone fails, but not everyone succeeds. You need to fail to succeed.
    Failure are opportunities to succeed, however not everyone looks at them as opportunities.
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  • Profile picture of the author robofox
    It would seem that failure is a great opportunity to look back and see where NOT to go again.
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