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9 Great Quotes (and Lessons) About Failure

9 Great Quotes (and Lessons) About Failure

When the going gets tough, it’s tough to keep going. Whether we’re just going through our everyday lives or we’re trying to accomplish something specific, failure and adversity often arise to make us question ourselves and the path that we’re on.

Sometimes the best choice is to re-evaluate and change our path, but other times the best choice is to simply push forward through the BS and prove all the naysayers, haters, and non-believers wrong.

And for those times that we do fail or come up short, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Failure is not the great enemy that it is sometimes made out to be, but instead a tool and a necessity in life.

Here are 15 quotes about failure that are worth remembering when things get hard.

1. Bounce Back and Correct Course

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“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.” – Stephen Richards

Failure is simply a fact of life, and the most successful people know and accept that it is something that is bound to happen. When we fail, it doesn’t mean that the game is over. It’s simply time to take a breather. Each time we fail, we simply need to accept it, correct course, and then continue on.

2. Set Your Goals High

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“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success” – James Cameron

Everyone has goals and everyone has failures, so why not add them into the plan? If you set an amazing goal and you only make it halfway to where you want to be, you’ll still have gone pretty far. If you accept that failure is inevitable, and plan for it, you’re bound to accomplish great things.

3. Find Out What Doesn’t Work

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

Although it’s hard to see it sometimes, every failure is a lesson, simply a sign that you’re on the right track. Nobody gets it right on the first try. See your failures as new information, use them as stepping stones, and then continue forward.

4. Nothing Is Permanent

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“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.” – Charlie Chaplin

Failures only really stop us from moving forward when we let them. There are very few things that humans can’t overcome. Although our minds like to play tricks on us and make us believe that whatever situation we’re in is bound to stick, it’s simply not true. We all have the ability to change, to grow, and to overcome obstacles.

5. Be Persistent

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“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

Sometimes the best course of action is to simply keep pushing forward, even when you’re not seeing the fruits of you labor. Results don’t always come immediately, but sometimes after a long time of pushing blindly forward. Sometimes what it takes is a mixture of persistence and faith.

6. Focus On The Positive

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“Being happy doesn’t mean you’re perfect. It just means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections”  K.B. Indiana

Sometimes the best thing to do when facing problems is to simply look past them and get on with your day. Happiness comes by accepting the problems we have, continuing to walk forward after we stumble, and seeing the big picture.

7. Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others

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“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” -Unknown

Unfortunately, many of us constantly compare ourselves to others. It’s pretty pointless since our minds are always very selective about who we compare ourselves to. No matter who you are, you have things worse than some people and you have things better than other people. The better thing to do is to just compare yourself to yourself.

8. Failure Can Lead To Better Opportunities

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“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

The truth is, we can’t always see what’s on the horizon in our lives, and usually, we don’t. When we’ve failed at something or when things haven’t gone our way, it doesn’t automatically mean that it’s a bad thing. When one door closes, another door opens.

9. Recognize That Failure And Success Are Not Opposites

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“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Failure teaches us more than inaction ever will. The most successful people don’t succeed because of brilliance, talent, or skill. They succeed because they have failed and learned from their failures. They succeed not in spite of their failure, but because of it.


What else do you like to keep in mind about failure in life? Anything you would like to add?

Let me know in the comments below.