Quotes about Failure

"Fail faster. Don't take five years to find out that it's not going to work."

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"A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed. I well know. For it is a sign that he has tried to surpass himself. "

Georges Benjamin Clemenceau (28 September 1841 – 24 November 1929) was a French statesman, physician, and journalist. He served as the Prime Minister of France from 1906 to 1909, and again from 1917 to 1920. For nearly the final year of World War I he led France, and was one of the major voices behind the Treaty of Versailles at the Paris Peace Conference in the aftermath of the war.


"When I fail,
I look what I did right,
Not what I did wrong."

Tom Hopkins (-) is an authority on the subject of selling. He is known as America's #1 sales trainer and developed many successful selling techniques from his own experiences in sales.


"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than be a success at something you hate."

George Burns (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996) born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor, and writer.


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

Lloyd Jones (23 March 1955) is a New Zealand author who currently resides in Wellington.


"Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory."

Herbert Kaufman (March 6, 1878 – September 6, 1947) was an American writer and newspaperman whose editorials were widely syndicated in both the United States and Canada.


"An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots."

Charles Franklin Kettering (August 29, 1876 – November 24 or November 25, 1958) was an American inventor and the holder of 140 patents. He was a founder of Delco, and was head of research for General Motors for 27 years from 1920 to 1947. Among his most widely used automotive inventions were the electrical starting motor and leaded gasoline.


"People in their handling of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as she was at the beginning, there will be no failure."

Laozi also Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Lao Zi, Laocius, and other variations () was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, and is a central figure in Taoism (also spelled "Daoism").


"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet, whose work is often classified as part of the genre of dark romanticism.


"If you are not failing every now and again, it's a sign that you're not doing anything very innovative."

Woody Allen ,born Allan Stewart Konigsberg (December 1, 1935) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author and playwright.