redefining failure

The only real mistake
is the one from which we learn nothing.

— John Powell

The men who try to do something,
and fail are infinitely better
than those who try nothing and succeed.

— Lloyd Jones

The only man who never makes a mistake
is the man who never does anything.

— Theodore Roosevelt

One hundred percent
of the shots you don’t take
don’t go in. 

— Wayne Gretzky

A child becomes an adult
when he realizes that he has a right
not only to be right
but also to be wrong.

— Thomas Szasz

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

— James Joyce

Our greatest glory is not in never failing,
but in rising up every time we fail.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is one guaranteed formula for failure,
and that is to try to please everyone.

— Will Rogers

Only those who dare to fail greatly
can ever achieve greatly.
Robert Francis Kennedy

— Robert Francis Kennedy

Freedom is not worth having
if it does not include
the freedom to make mistakes.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The only time you don’t fail
is the last time you try anything
— and it works.

— William Strong

Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.
You won’t have time to make them all yourself.

— Alfred Sheinwold

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.

— Dr. Laurence J. Peter

The last time you failed,
did you stop trying because you failed
— or did you fail because you stopped trying?

— C. S. Lewis

It’s easy to stop making mistakes.
Just stop having ideas.

— unknown

There is no such word
in all the bright lexicon of speech,
unless you yourself have written it there!
There is no such thing as failure
except to those who
accept and believe in failure.

— Orison Swett Morden

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

You may have a fresh start
at any moment you choose,
for this thing we call failure
is not the falling down,
but the staying down.

— Mary Pickford

We have forty million reasons for failure,
but not a single excuse.

— Rudyard Kipling

He who has never failed somewhere…
that man can not be great.

— Herman Melville

You may be disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if you don’t try.

— Beverly Sills

Use missteps as stepping stones
to deeper understanding
and greater achievement.

— Susan Taylor

The saddest failures in life
are those that come from not putting forth
the power and will to succeed.

— Edwin Whipple

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

— Confucius

Failure is success if we learn from it.

— Malcomb S. Forbes

The man who makes no mistakes
does not usually make anything.

— Edward Phelps

Your life would be very empty
if you had nothing to regret.

— Vincent Van Gogh

From error to error,
one discovers the entire truth.

— Sigmund Freud

Life’s real failure
is when you do not realize
how close you were to success
when you gave up.

— unknown

It is better to fail in originality
than to succeed in imitation.

— Herman Melville

In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.

— Vince Lombardi

We learn wisdom from failure
much more than we do from success.
We often discover what will do
by finding out what will not do,
and probably he
who never made a mistake
never made a discovery.

— Samuel Smiles

The only real failure in life
is one not learned from.

— Anthony J. D’Angelo

A life spent making mistakes
is not only more honorable but more useful
than a life spent doing nothing.

— George Bernard Shaw

Experience is what allows us
to repeat our mistakes,
only with more finesse!

— Derwood Fincher

There are no mistakes.
The events we bring upon ourselves,
no matter how unpleasant,
are necessary in order to learn
what we need to learn;
whatever steps we take,
they’re necessary to reach
the places we’ve chosen to go.

— Richard Bach

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.

— Marilyn Vos Savant

In order to succeed you must fail,
so that you know what not to do the next time.

— Anthony J. D’Angelo

Defeat never comes to any man
until he admits it.

— Josephus Daniels

You always pass failure
on the way to success.

— Mickey Rooney

In the game of life it’s a good idea
to have a few early losses,
which relieves you of the pressure
of trying to maintain an undefeated season.

— Bill Vaughan

Only those who dare to fail greatly
can ever achieve greatly.

— Robert F. Kennedy

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though checkered by failure…
than to rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in a gray twilight
that knows not victory nor defeat.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Tis a lesson you should heed,
try, try again.
If at first you don’t succeed,
try, try again.

— W. E. Hickson

Daring ideas are like
chessmen moved forward.
They may be beaten,
but they may start a winning game.

— Goethe

It is better to be defeated on principle
than to win on lies.

— Arthur Calwell

Lack of will power has caused more failure
than lack of intelligence or ability.

— Flower A. Newhouse

There is but one cause of human failure,
and that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.

— William James