Quotes about Failure

"The world is divided into two categories: failures and unknowns."

Francis Picabia born François Marie Martínez Picabia (22 January 1879 – 30 November 1953) was a French painter, poet, and typographist, associated with both the Dada and Surrealist art movements.


"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing."

Denis E. Waitley (born 1933) is an American motivational speaker and writer, consultant and best-selling author.


"The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it."

Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. He was an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts movement.


"Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure."

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – after 1913) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist.


"In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (21 October 1772 – 25 July 1834) was an English poet, Romantic, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England.


"If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless."

Robert Harold Schuller (born September 16, 1926) is an American televangelist, pastor, and author known around the world through the weekly Hour of Power television broadcast that he founded in 1970.


"A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success!"

Doug Larson (born February 10, 1926) wrote a daily column for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and a weekly column for the Door County Advocate — both Wisconsin-based newspapers.


"Sometimes people call me a success for all the reasons that make me think I'm a failure."

William M. Hurt (born March 20, 1950) is an American actor.


"I'd rather have huge success and huge failures than travel in the middle of the road."

Kevyn Aucoin (February 14, 1962 – May 7, 2002) was an American make-up artist and photographer.


"Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure."

Benjamin Disraeli (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was the country's first and thus far only Prime Minister who was born Jewish.