Some days it is easy to feel as if you’ve failed. Your business isn’t growing like you expected, there’s tension in your relationships, and no matter what you do to try to turn things around, nothing seems to work.
Though failure can make you feel incredibly alone, this is one feeling that most everyone has endured at one time or another. It represents all of the doors that have been closed in front of us and all of the paths that we’ve taken that have ended with us standing before a big, red “Do not Enter” sign.
As daunting as this may seem, the reality is that failure can either stop us or it can inspire us to work that much harder. It can be that feeling that keeps us from moving forward or it can be that feeling that pushes us to keep going until we find a way.
If you are feeling as if you’ve failed but want to find a way to work through it, emerging as a stronger and more powerful version of yourself on the other side, these 25 quotes about failure are sure to help inspire many great future successes.
- “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” Napoleon Hill
- “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” Robert Kiyosaki
- “There is no such thing as failure; there are only results.” Tony Robbins
- “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
- “Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success.” Arianna Huffington
- “Never walk away from failure; on the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.” Michael Korda
- “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” Marilyn Monroe
- “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” Coco Chanel
- “Failure is delay, not defeat.” Denis Waitley
- “Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” Roy T. Bennett
- “I never see failure as failure but only as the game I must play and win.” Tom Hopkins
- “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” Ellen DeGeneres
- “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” Truman Capote
- “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” Eloise Ristad
- “Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.” E.O. Wilson
- “Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.” Soichiro Honda
- “The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.” Paramahansa Yogananda
- “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” Zig Ziglar
- “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” Abraham Lincoln
- “I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.” Nikki Giovanni
- “Failure is not fatal but failure to change might be.” John Wooden
- “For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action.” Mary Kay Ash
- “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” Zig Ziglar
- “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign that you’re not doing anything very innovative.” Woody Allen
- “Failure is a word that I simply don’t accept.” John H. Johnson
I chose John H. Johnson’s quote for last because I like the idea of simply not accepting the word ‘failure.’ Yes, we can accept that we can’t always have successes in our journey, but we don’t have to accept what failure has traditionally represented: a stopping point.
Instead, maybe we need to change our perspective. Maybe failure isn’t so much a stop sign as it is a sign that curvy roads lie ahead. After all, as Albert Einstein once said, “You never fail until you stop trying.” Now that I’ve thought about it, I’m willing to not stop trying. How about you?