40 Failure Quotes – Positive Edition

Without some failure now and again, massive success isn’t possible. This makes sense because the harder a goal is to achieve, the higher the chances are for some setbacks along the way. It would be great is life was a smooth road but we all know that it’s anything but that. These failure quotes will help remind you that the next time you’re facing difficult obstacles, it’s all part of success. Failures give birth to opportunity as well as the development of inner strength. When you can mentally overcome your fears of failing, your chances of success will dramatically increase.

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”

Zig Ziglar


“Failure is success if we learn from it.”

Malcolm S. Forbes


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

Tom Krause


“A failure is a man who has blundered but is not capable of cashing in on the experience.”

Elbert Hubbard


“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”

John Dewey


“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Alva Edison


“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”

Sven Goran Eriksson


“Success builds character, failure reveals it.”

Dave Checkett


“Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.”

Roger Von Oech


“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”

Edwin Louis Cole


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

Thomas Alva Edison


“Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.”

Denis Waitley


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

Colin Powell


“Failure is an event, never a person.”

William D. Brown


“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

Scott Fitzgerald


“You always pass failure on your way to success.”

Mickey Rooney


“There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?”

Michael Jordan


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

Napoleon Hill


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

Robert F. Kennedy


“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”

Robert H.Schuller


“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”

Napoleon Hill


“It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.”

Edward de Bono


“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

Oscar Wilde


“If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless.”

Robert H.Schuller


“Defeat doesn’t finish a man–quit does. A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits.”

Richard M.Nixon


“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

Henry Ford


“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.”

William Saroyan


“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Samuel Beckett


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

Charles F.Kettering


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

George Bernard Shaw


“Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.”

Stephen Kaggwa


“It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.”

Havelock Ellis


“Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.”

Corita Kent


“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”



“We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t.Success often lies just the other side of failure.”

Leo F.Buscaglia


“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”

Woody Allen


“If you can’t make a mistake, you can’t make anything.”

Marva Collins


“Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.”

Chinese Proverbs


“Failure is the tuition you pay for success.”

Walter Brunell


“It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.”

Samuel Smiles

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