99+ Famous Quotes About Success And Failure [For 2018]

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“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

On your quest for success, you will fail.

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, failure will always be a part of life.

Without failure, there is no room for growth.

Without progress, there is no success.

Consequently, failure teaches you in ways that success simply can’t. It shapes and molds you as a person, while success is the byproduct of those lessons.

When it comes to success and failure, our egos play a vital role in our success. Under the layers of embarrassment, defeat, and depression, lies a difficult lesson.

Failure doesn’t mean you should give up. But instead, recognize the failure and re-cast it into something likely to flourish. While success will mean different things to different people, everyone will fail at some point.

How you choose to deal it will affect your personal success.

Below are 101 famous quotes about success and failure.

Some of these come from well-known men and women who have passed, and others who are still living. As you read, take time to envision your current goals, and where you see yourself ten years from now.

Allow this advice to help you strive for your own success, and looking past the falls you will take on your journey.

Hopefully, this collection of 101 quotes about success and failure will not only inspire you but reshape your perspective on failures.

Famous Quotes About Success And Failure: 


“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

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

“The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson

“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” – Gena Showalter

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes backbone to lead the life you want.” – Richard Yates

“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

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres

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“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Chris Bradford

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

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

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

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.” – Neal Shusterman

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

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

“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash

“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar

“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” – Chris Hardwick

“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad

“With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.” – Criss Jami

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green

“If the fire in your heart is strong enough, it will burn away any obstacles that come your way.”― Suzy Kassem

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill

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“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C. S. Lewis

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

“No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.“– Napoleon Hill

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

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”– Buddha

“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.”– Charles F. Kettering

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”– Confucius

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

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.”– George Bernard Shaw

“A man may fail many times but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”– John Burroughs

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J.K. Rowling

“To be wrong is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” – Confucius

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”– Albert Einstein

“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.” – Virgil Thomson

“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”– Eloise Ristad

“Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can’t go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure is a cancerous way to live.”– Kevin Bacon

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.– Douglas Adam

“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.– John Wooden

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”– Anthony Robbins

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“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.” – George Eliot

“A man may fall many times, but he won’t be a failure until he says that someone pushed him.” – Elmer G. Letterman

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

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 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

“Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.” – Napoleon Hill

“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”– Wayne Gretzky

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell

“There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.” – Tom Krause

“Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.”– Mike Ditka

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”– Winston Churchill

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of a greater or equal benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

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

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”–Mark Twain

“Success builds character, failure reveals it.”– Dave Checkett

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”– Jack Canfield

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“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”– Ken Robinson

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” – Zig Ziglar

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”-Winston S. Churchill

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”-Herman Melville

“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.”– Colin R. Davis

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”– Henry David Thoreau

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.”– Chris Grosser

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”–John D. Rockefeller

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”– Thomas Jefferson

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”– Ray Goforth

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”– Jim Rohn

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”-Albert Einstein

“Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”-Winston Churchill

“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” -Tony Hsieh

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill

“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”-G. K. Chesterton

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”-Thomas J. Watson

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that other throw at him.”-David Brinkley

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”-Bill Cosby

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”- Jim Rohn

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.”-Anonymous

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” -Anonymous

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”-Michael John Bobak

“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” – Tony Robbins

“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”- Robert Kiyosaki

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs

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“The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” – Barack Obama

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”-Helen Keller

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”- Walt Disney

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”- Bruce Lee

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

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”– Jim Rohn

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–It is: Try to please everybody.”- Herbert Bayard Swope

After reading these famous quotes about success and failure, hopefully, you have gained some powerful tools for understanding and being even more successful. Not trying at all doesn’t provide opportunities.

Acknowledge your mistakes and learning from them does. Cultivating a stronger link between you and failure can bring success that much closer.

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