Quotes about failure – that sounds like it has the potential to be depressing. Right?
Not if you’re reading the right quotes.
The most brilliant and innovative people in history have been students of the school of failure.
We use this metaphor because experiencing failure is a lot like going to school–it’s miserable when you’re there, but you know that it’s inevitable and will better you in the end. It’s often unfair and challenging, and besides, do you really need this class to graduate?
Perhaps the best way failure resembles school is this: You get out of it exactly what you put in.
Students who slept through class, never did homework, and endlessly complained about school weren’t at the top of their class. They probably didn’t go on to do great things (unless they changed their perspective!).
Entrepreneurs who fail stand a chance of getting something out of it–a valuable lesson.
But if you’re too busy sleeping through class, not doing your homework, and complaining that what’s happening to you is unfair–guess what? You won’t be at the top of your “class.” You won’t be successful unless you begin to learn from failure, not dread it or wallow in it.
Sometimes, you just need a little reminder that you are not alone, you’re not the first or last person to deal with the challenges you’re facing, and most importantly, that your failure does not define you as a person or as a business owner.
That’s what these 25 inspiring quotes about failure are here for. Read on to reaffirm what failure is and how it can shape us as business owners.
25 Inspiring Quotes About Failure
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Most people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
The phoenix must burn to emerge.
It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.
We are all failures–at least the best of us are.
There is no failure, except in no longer trying.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
I think you have to try and fail, because failure gets you closer to what you’re good at.
I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
Failure happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.
Who I am as a guitarist is defined by my failure to become Jimi Hendrix.
You don’t go into anything contemplating failure, if you did, you wouldn’t make it.
Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
I don’t want to let the fear of failure stop me from doing what I really care about.