Quotes about Failure

"If at first you don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything."

Bill Lyon (-) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with University.


"Act as if it were impossible to fail."

Dorothea Brande (1893 – 1948) was a well respected writer and editor in New York.


"If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down."

Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was a Canadian-born American motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


"You always pass failure on the way to success."

Mickey Rooney ,born Joseph Yule, Jr. (September 23, 1920) is an American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances span nearly his entire lifetime. During his career he has won multiple awards, including an Honorary Academy Award, a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award.


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

John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey, along with Charles Sanders Peirce and William James, is recognized as one of the founders of the philosophy of pragmatism and of functional psychology.


"Failure is success if we learn from it."

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B.C. Forbes and today run by his son Steve Forbes.


"Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal."

Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. (born October 18, 1939) also known as "Iron Mike", is a former American football NFL player, television commentator, and coach.


"A minute's success pays the failure of years."

Robert Browning (7 May 1812–12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.


"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War (WWII). He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as prime minister twice (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer, and an artist. To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.


"Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."

William Saroyan (31 August 1908 - 18 May 1981) was an Armenian-American dramatist and author.