Failure Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old failure quotes, failure sayings, and failure proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.

Roy T. Bennett

There is no failure except in no longer trying.     

Elbert Hubbard

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.     

Og Mandino

You have committed a double mistake, firstly by not keeping the engagement yesterday and secondly, by coming when you were not expected.

Visvesvaraya

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

Robert F. Kennedy

If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

Steven Wright

Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's ok to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing.

H. Stanley Judd

My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

Jack Kerouac

I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed.

Dolly Parton

Life is full of screwups. You're supposed to fail sometimes. It's a required part of the human existance.     

Sarah Dessen

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of a greater or equal benefit.

Napoleon Hill

Remember that failure is an event, not a person.

Zig Ziglar

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.     

Henry Ford

The wise say that our failure is to form habits: for habit is the mark of a stereotyped world.     

Anthony C. Grayling

Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.     

J.K. Rowling

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

John Wooden

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.     

Richard Branson

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

Abraham Lincoln

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 nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt