Failure Quotes To Energize Your Goal Achieving Activity

"The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top."  Dr. Joyce Brothers

These failure quotes will help blast away any obstacles blocking your goal achievement.  That large initial roadblock is procrastination.  And the usual reason for that challenge is failure phobia.

We can overcome this problem by getting our thinking into the right spot and then moving forward with conviction.  In this page I'll give you some words of wisdom from a variety of people to help you see your own future greatness.

Failure Quotes Featured in "Failing Forward" By John Maxwell

We reviewed John Maxwell's book about a much better failure definition.  In it there were a treasure trove of great failure quotes.  Here are some of them.

"We are all failures-at least all the best of us are."  J.M. Barrie

"There is not doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and not look beyond the failure."  Kyle Rote Jr.

"The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake."  Nelson Boswell

"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out."  Sam Ervin Jr.


What we think about is often what drives our actions.  Or inhibits them, if they are thoughts of self doubt.  Please think about these failure quotes.

"Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, 'I have failed three times,' and what happens when he says, 'I am a failure."  S.I Hayakawa

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."  Thomas Edison

"Failure isn't so bad if it doesn't attack the heart.  Success is alright if it doesn't go to the head."  Grantland Rice

"A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thought."  James Allen

"Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of."  Victor Frankl

"There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."  John Kennedy

"You're more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action."  Jerome Bruner


Since we are ultimately the one most responsible for our own path in life, we must accept that position.  If it is to be, it's up to me.  So.......

"Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure.  Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge.  It's okay to fail.  If you're not failing, you're not growing."  H. Stanley Judd

"Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated.  They simply quit."  Paul J. Meyer

"Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility... In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility."  Michael Korda

"It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of our responsibilities."  Sir Josiah Stamp

"Win as if you are used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Failure is success if we learn from it."  Malcolm Forbes


Isn't it curious that so many of these failure quotes speak about success?  As I wrote in the page about a better failure definition, I don't think success and failure are opposites.  I believe they are both steps in a process.

"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior."  Henry C. Link

"If there is no wind, row." Latin Proverb

"The things that hurt, instruct."  Benjamin Franklin

"Don't let your learning lead to knowledge; let your learning lead to action."  Jim Rohn

"Experience is not what happens to you.  Experience is what you do with what happens to you."  Aldous Huxley

Some Failure Quotes From Other Sources

I've added "Failing Forward" to the list of classic books.  You can find those editions in the left margin of every page.  Thanks to John Maxwell for a tremendous source of vital information.

We'll finish up this page with some more failure quotes to inspire your success.  Whether it is a battle to defeat sugar addiction, or a challenge with other health issues, you will find some inspiration in powerful quotes.  If you are facing financial issues due to past mistakes, draw resolve from the words of these authors and leaders.

"Failure is the tuition you pay for success."  Walter Brunell

"I can accept failure....I cannot accept not trying."  Michael Jordan

"Success is not final.  Failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts."  Winston Churchill

"Don't waste a good mistake.  Learn from it."  Robert Kiyosaki

"Failure doesn't mean you are a failure... it just means you haven't succeeded yet."   Robert Schuller

"You always pass failure on your way to success."  Mickey Rooney

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

I change the "thought for today" quote on the home page everyday.  Because what we think about determines our attitude and our activity.  Please use these failure quotes to inspire your future success.  We need all of your greatness and talent.

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Just below is a quote from "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson.  The chapter title is "Open Your Heart To Compassion." 

"Every day we are given hundreds of opportunities to practice compassion in action.  We can learn to be less reactive and live with more patience.

We can smile when others are serious.  We can drive our cars more carefully, pick up litter on the streets, recycle, and reduce our consumption.

We can resolve conflicts rather than create them, and we can become less judgemental and more inclusive.  When someone is aggressive, we can teach them to be more peaceful.  Instead of waiting for an example, we can be the example.

The more compassion that enters your heart, the happier and more peaceful you will become.  By knowing that you are doing your part to create a better world-whatever form that takes-you will fill any void that exists in your life, and you will begin to find the peace you are looking for."

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