243 Inspirational Failure Quotes (How to Fail Forward)

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Best Inspirational Failure Quotes

Remember that failure is an event, not a person. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Remember that failure is an event, not a person. Zig Ziglar
I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.
I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. Herbert Bayard Swope
The master has failed more times than the beginner has tried.
The master has failed more times than the beginner has tried. Stephen McCranie
No one ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find themselves with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure. Inspirational Failure Quotes
No one ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find themselves with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure. Napoleon Hill
Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be.
Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be. John Wooden
Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.
Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure. James Altucher
We are all failures - at least the best of us are.
We are all failures – at least the best of us are. J.M. Barrie
Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.
Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit. Michelangelo
It is no fun to fail, but you must pick yourself up and get back in the race. The only way you can grow is to challenge yourself beyond your present circumstances.Inspirational Failure Quotes
It is no fun to fail, but you must pick yourself up and get back in the race. The only way you can grow is to challenge yourself beyond your present circumstances. Les Brown
Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison
Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.
Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. Unknown
Don't let failure go to your head.
Don’t let failure go to your head. Haim Ginott
Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward. John Maxwell
A person can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
A person can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. John Burroughs
No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.
No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist. Chris Hardwick Inspirational Failure Quotes
Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them. John C. Maxwell
When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.
When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. George Bernard Shaw
They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure. Inspirational Failure Quotes
They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure. James Allen
Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. Amelia Earhart
A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.
A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all. Friedrich Nietzsche
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. Inspirational Failure Quotes
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 Waitley

Inspirational Failure Quotes (Failing Toward Success is Normal)

Anyone who attempts is not a failure. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Anyone who attempts is not a failure. Sarah Dessen
Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks.
Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks. Dottie Walters
Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but a lack of hard work guarantees failure.
Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but a lack of hard work guarantees failure. Unknown
Success comes to those who become SUCCESS CONSCIOUS. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become FAILURE CONSCIOUS.
Success comes to those who become SUCCESS CONSCIOUS. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become FAILURE CONSCIOUS. Napoleon Hill
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. Oprah Winfrey
I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.
I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. George Burns
Do not let your ambitions become a sanctuary for your failures.
Do not let your ambitions become a sanctuary for your failures. Bryant H. McGill
Failure is a part of the process. You just learn to pick yourself back up.
Failure is a part of the process. You just learn to pick yourself back up. Michelle Obama
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery. James Joyce
You always pass failure on your way to success.Inspirational Failure Quotes
You always pass failure on your way to success. Mickey Rooney
It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones.
It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes… we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions – especially selfish ones. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
I wasn't afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure.Inspirational Failure Quotes
I wasn’t afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure. Anne Baxter Inspirational Failure Quotes
The surest way to fail is not to be determine to succeed.
The surest way to fail is not to be determine to succeed. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Inspirational Failure Quotes
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement. Florence Scovel Shinn
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.Inspirational Failure Quotes
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. H.G. Wells
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy
Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.
Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments. Henry Ward Beecher
Every failure is a step to success.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Every failure is a step to success. William Whewell
A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. B. F. Skinner
If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. Inspirational Failure Quotes
If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. Zig Ziglar
Success is not the absence of failure; it's the persistence through failure.
Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure. Aisha Tyler
There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is really only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and not look beyond the failure.
There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is really only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and not look beyond the failure. Kyle Rote Jr.

Inspirational Failure Quotes (Don’t Fear Failure)

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt
I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.
I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall. Serena Williams
There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient. Inspirational Failure Quotes
There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient. Swami Sivananda
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. Wilma Rudolph
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.Inspirational Failure Quotes
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Edwin Land
If you didn’t succeed, it’s just as important to keep in mind that there has never been a success story without failure and lessons along the way.Inspirational Failure Quotes
If you didn’t succeed, it’s just as important to keep in mind that there has never been a success story without failure and lessons along the way. Eric Christian
For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Inspirational Failure Quotes
For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Mary Kay Ash
Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho
Life is designed to knock you down. It will knock you down time and time again, but it doesn’t matter how many times you fall – it matters how many times you get back up.
Life is designed to knock you down. It will knock you down time and time again, but it doesn’t matter how many times you fall – it matters how many times you get back up. Lilly Singh
Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is fear of failure.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is fear of failure. Jack Lemmon Inspirational Failure Quotes
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. Beverly Sills
Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. Zig Ziglar
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. Michel de Montaigne
We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes.
We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes. Arianna Huffington
One who fears failure limits his activities.
One who fears failure limits his activities. Henry Ford
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. Inspirational Failure Quotes
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. John Maxwell
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett
The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. Inspirational Failure Quotes
The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. Colin R. Davis
Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.
Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. Napoleon Hill
Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure.
Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure. Gary Ryan Blair
Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit. Paul J. Meyer
Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.
Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble. Shah Rukh Khan

Thought Provoking Failure Quotes

All of us learned how to walk by failing.Inspirational Failure Quotes
All of us learned how to walk by failing. J.R. Rim
Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will. Suzy Kassem
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.Inspirational Failure Quotes
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. Henry Ford
Failure is enriching. It’s also important to accept that you’ll make mistakes—it’s how you build your expertise. The trick is to learn a positive lesson from all of life’s negative moments.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure is enriching. It’s also important to accept that you’ll make mistakes—it’s how you build your expertise. The trick is to learn a positive lesson from all of life’s negative moments. Alain Ducasse
Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities. Walter Scott
If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure.Inspirational Failure Quotes
If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure. H. Jackson Brown Jr.
It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.
It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts. Zig Ziglar
Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.
Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed. Lily Tomlin
When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.Inspirational Failure Quotes
When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
There is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences. Inspirational Failure Quotes
There is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences. Unknown
One fails forward toward success.
One fails forward toward success. Charles Kettering
Success is measured by how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
Success is measured by how high you bounce when you hit bottom. George S. Patton Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.
Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable. Joe Biden
The young think that failure is the end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did - which was to hide.
The young think that failure is the end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did – which was to hide. James Baldwin
If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?Inspirational Failure Quotes
If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong? Nick Vujicic
We learn to walk by stumbling.Inspirational Failure Quotes
We learn to walk by stumbling. Bulgarian Proverb
My reputation grows with every failure.
My reputation grows with every failure. George Bernard Shaw
Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. Thomas A. Edison
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote
You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.Inspirational Failure Quotes
You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. Barack Obama

Inspirational Failure Quotes About Getting Back at it

When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up. Inspirational Failure Quotes
When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up. Les Brown
No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.
No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.  Eleanor Roosevelt
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein
If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.
If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. James Cameron
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
There is no failure except in no longer trying. Elbert Hubbard
Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. Benjamin Disraeli
I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless. Inspirational Failure Quotes
I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless. Neal Shusterman
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford
Success is on the same road as failure; success is just a little further down the road.
Success is on the same road as failure; success is just a little further down the road. Jack Hyles
It is not failure to fail. Inspirational Failure Quotes
It is not failure to fail. Roshani Chokshi
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. Oprah Winfrey
Failure is a word that I simply don't accept.
Failure is a word that I simply don’t accept. John H. Johnson
Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone.
Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone. Deepak Chopra
Everybody, at some point in their life, has fallen down and not felt like getting back up, but you have to, no matter how difficult it is.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Everybody, at some point in their life, has fallen down and not felt like getting back up, but you have to, no matter how difficult it is. Charlie Hunnam Inspirational Failure Quotes
At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren't where you want to be, you will always be a failure.Inspirational Failure Quotes
At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure. Erin Cummings
Sometimes the best gain is to lose.
Sometimes the best gain is to lose. George Herbert
You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.
You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give. E. O. Wilson
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail. Confucius
The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.
The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities. Benjamin E. Mays
The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.
The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure. Laurence J. Peter
When everything seems to be going against you remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Inspirational Failure Quotes
When everything seems to be going against you remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford
Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. C. S. Lewis

Inspirational Quotes to Help You Overcome Failure

If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure.
If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Don't be afraid of failure; be afraid of petty success.
Don’t be afraid of failure; be afraid of petty success. Maude Adams
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. Michael Jordan
To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.Inspirational Failure Quotes
To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives. Denis Waitley
I've come to believe that all my past failures and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. Tony Robbins
The truth is that our mind needs failure! No great inventions would have come into existence without failure. Inspirational Failure Quotes
The truth is that our mind needs failure! No great inventions would have come into existence without failure. Thibaut Meurisse
Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail.
Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail. Lester B. Pearson
Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I've met people who don't want to try for fear of failing.
Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing. J.K. Rowling Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. Mike Murdock
There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.Inspirational Failure Quotes
There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat. Ann Landers
Failure is a word unknown to me.
Failure is a word unknown to me. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.Inspirational Failure Quotes
There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. Brene Brown
As a boss, as a CEO, as a creative director, as a chef, I've learned that failure will always come. I've learned to give it a big squeeze, smile at it, humble myself to it and then use it as a springboard to send me on my way to strength, success, and fulfillment. Inspirational Failure Quotes
As a boss, as a CEO, as a creative director, as a chef, I’ve learned that failure will always come. I’ve learned to give it a big squeeze, smile at it, humble myself to it and then use it as a springboard to send me on my way to strength, success, and fulfillment. Christina Tosi
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. Alexandre Dumas
You are right, I do fall down a lot. But that wouldn’t be true if I never stood back up.Inspirational Failure Quotes
You are right, I do fall down a lot. But that wouldn’t be true if I never stood back up. Richelle E. Goodrich
Not failure, but low aim, is crime. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Not failure, but low aim, is crime. James Russell Lowell
It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. Roger Babson
When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep walking.
When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep walking. Sarah Jessica Parker
The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by my failures.
The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by my failures. Humphry Davy

Failure Quotes to Help You Grow

The way most people fail is in not keeping up the heart.
The way most people fail is in not keeping up the heart. Lady Gregory
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. Elbert Hubbard
A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.
A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success. Unknown
Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not. Virgil Thomson
There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. Inspirational Failure Quotes
There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. Oprah Winfrey
Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed. Lily Tomlin
It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes.
It’s best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes. Anne Baxter
I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 00 games. times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan
When setbacks arise – and they will from time to time – regroup, recharge, refocus and refine.
When setbacks arise – and they will from time to time – regroup, recharge, refocus and refine. Rasheed Ogunlaru
Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, I have failed three times, and what happens when he says, I am a failure. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, I have failed three times, and what happens when he says, I am a failure. S. I. Hayakawa
Failure is an inescapable part of life and a critically important part of any successful life.
Failure is an inescapable part of life and a critically important part of any successful life. Tal Ben-Shahar
The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best. Inspirational Failure Quotes
The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best. George Eliot Inspirational Failure Quotes
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.Inspirational Failure Quotes
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. Johnny Cash
It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. 
It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Bill Gates
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Confucius
Failure is success if we learn from it. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure is success if we learn from it. Malcolm Forbes
Failing doesn't make me want to quit, it makes me want to fight that much harder. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failing doesn’t make me want to quit, it makes me want to fight that much harder. Paul “Bear” Bryant
Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.
Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do. Napoleon Hill
Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.
Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach. Roger von Oech
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. Inspirational Failure Quotes
If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative. Woody Allen
Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal.
Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal. Mike Ditka
My grandmother once told me, ‘Don’t let failure go to your heart and don’t let success go to your head.’
My grandmother once told me, ‘Don’t let failure go to your heart and don’t let success go to your head.’  Will Smith
Fall seven times, stand up eight.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese Proverb

Inspirational Failure Quotes To Keep Trying

For some unknown reason, success usually occurs in private, while failure occurs in full view.
For some unknown reason, success usually occurs in private, while failure occurs in full view. Jill Shalvis
One's only rival is one's own potentialities. One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king.
One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king. Abraham Maslow
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill
There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence.
There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. Orison Swett Marden
If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want.
If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want. Richard Yates
Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George W. Carver
Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe. Sumner Redstone
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. Benjamin Franklin
With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.Inspirational Failure Quotes
With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die. Criss Jami
We’re born with success. It is only others who point out our failures, and what they attribute to us as failure. Inspirational Failure Quotes
We’re born with success. It is only others who point out our failures, and what they attribute to us as failure. Whoopi Goldberg
The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. Paramahansa Yogananda
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. Albert Einstein
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. Jim Rohn
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. J. K. Rowling
An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots. Inspirational Failure Quotes
An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots. Charles F. Kettering
Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. Jim Rohn
ailure 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
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 Waitley
The difference between Success and failure is not giving up.
The difference between Success and failure is not giving up. Steven Redhead
Losing is no disgrace if you've given your best.
Losing is no disgrace if you’ve given your best. Jim Palmer
Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.
Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed. Robert T. Kiyosaki
Giving up is the only sure way to fail.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Giving up is the only sure way to fail. Gena Showalter
Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.
Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are. Norman Vincent Peale
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. Nelson Mandela
Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you've got something to share.
Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share. Steve Harvey

Inspirational Failure Quotes About Determination

Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.
Indecision and delays are the parents of failure. George Canning
Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.
Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Marilyn Monroe
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Inspirational Failure Quotes
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell
Failure is when you talk yourself out of becoming something amazing.
Failure is when you talk yourself out of becoming something amazing. Rudy Francisco
If you are afraid of failure, you don't deserve to succeed.Inspirational Failure Quotes
If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve to succeed. Unknown
Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it. Mia Hamm
You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you.Inspirational Failure Quotes
You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you. Maxwell Maltz
Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.
Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. Swami Sivananda
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge
One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another
One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another. Napoleon Hill
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og Mandino
Failure is impossible. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure is impossible. Susan B. Anthony
Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts. John Wooden Inspirational Failure Quotes
Sometimes failure is the beginning of success. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Sometimes failure is the beginning of success. Astrid Scholte
We must be willing to fall flat on our faces. Fearlessly putting ourselves out there is simply a required part of the process. At the very least, it results in the gift of humility and, at best, the triumph of the human spirit.
We must be willing to fall flat on our faces. Fearlessly putting ourselves out there is simply a required part of the process. At the very least, it results in the gift of humility and, at best, the triumph of the human spirit. Jill Badonsky
Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools.
Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools. Jeffrey Immelt
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho
Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.
Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets. Michael Korda
Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success. Robert T. Kiyosaki
The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top. Joyce Brothers
I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.
I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try. Nikki Giovanni
Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail. Bruce Lee
There’s no reason to fear (temporary) failure. What others may call a failure is only a temporary setback if you really believe in your dreams.
There’s no reason to fear (temporary) failure. What others may call a failure is only a temporary setback if you really believe in your dreams. Kory Livingstone

Insightful Failure Quotes

Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. Morihei Ueshiba
There are many victories worse than a defeat.
There are many victories worse than a defeat. George Eliot
If the possibility of failure were erased, what would you attempt to achieve?Inspirational Failure Quotes
If the possibility of failure were erased, what would you attempt to achieve? John Maxwell
Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.
Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. Richard Branson
One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.Inspirational Failure Quotes
One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them. Thomas Sowell
So start to change your mind, that a failure can be kind, If we allow ourselves to learn from it.
So start to change your mind, that a failure can be kind, If we allow ourselves to learn from it. Julie Hebert
When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.
When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important. Ellen DeGeneres
Don’t bury your failures, let them inspire you.
Don’t bury your failures, let them inspire you. Robert Kiyosaki
We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat so that we can know who we are. Inspirational Failure Quotes
We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat so that we can know who we are. Maya Angelou
There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.Inspirational Failure Quotes
There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows. George Eliot
Never feel shame for trying and failing for he who has never failed is he who has never tried.
Never feel shame for trying and failing for he who has never failed is he who has never tried. Og Mandino
The only risk of failure is promotion.Inspirational Failure Quotes
The only risk of failure is promotion. Scott Adams
In the business world today, failure is apparently not an option. We need to change this attitude toward failure - and celebrate the idea that only by falling on our collective business faces do we learn enough to succeed down the road. Inspirational Failure Quotes
In the business world today, failure is apparently not an option. We need to change this attitude toward failure – and celebrate the idea that only by falling on our collective business faces do we learn enough to succeed down the road. Naveen Jain
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet. Robert H. Schuller
You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. Inspirational Failure Quotes
You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. Richard Branson
It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience.
It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience. Lupita Nyong’o Inspirational Failure Quotes
All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success.
All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success. Dorothea Brande
Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.
Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure. Soichiro Honda
I never see failure as failure, but only as the game I must play and win.
I never see failure as failure, but only as the game I must play and win. Tom Hopkins
Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. Coco Chanel
Fear regret more than failure.
Fear regret more than failure. Taryn Rose

Encouraging Failure Quotes

Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. Oprah Winfrey
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Inspirational Failure Quotes
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Steve Jobs
Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.
Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results. William James
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. George Edward Woodberry
Failure is success in progress.
Failure is success in progress.  Albert Einstein
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. Abraham Lincoln
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. Inspirational Failure Quotes
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. Buddha
The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do. Inspirational Failure Quotes
The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do. Thomas Edison
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure. George Eliot
If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.Inspirational Failure Quotes
If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. Ken Robinson
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt
I've never been afraid to fail.Inspirational Failure Quotes
I’ve never been afraid to fail. Michael Jordan
When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.
When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel. Eloise Ristad
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.Inspirational Failure Quotes
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act. Andre Malraux
Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.
Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances. Orison Swett Marden
The world doesn't care how many times you fall down, as long as it's one fewer than the number of times you get back up. Inspirational Failure Quotes
The world doesn’t care how many times you fall down, as long as it’s one fewer than the number of times you get back up. Aaron Sorkin
There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.
There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. Tony Robbins Inspirational Failure Quotes
You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward with a joyful confidence. Inspirational Failure Quotes
You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward with a joyful confidence.  George Eliot
You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that's where you'll find success - on the far side of failure.
You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success – on the far side of failure. Thomas J. Watson
I have not failed. I've just found 0000 ways that won't work.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 0000 ways that won’t work. Thomas A. Edison
It's failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.Inspirational Failure Quotes
It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success. Ellen DeGeneres

Summary

Many of us have been unintentionally conditioned while growing up with a crippling fear of failure.  No matter how much talent we have, we are all going to fail at something at some point.

One key to how happy and successful we will be is how we teach ourselves to react to and overcome those failures.

Here are some guidelines to use as you work to build your skills at failing forward.

  1. It is difficult to admit that we are responsible for our own failures.  And, there may well be reasons outside of our own control that were in part responsible for the failure.  The best way to move past it is for us to take responsibility for how we respond and our future actions toward the success we are looking for.
  2. To make the most positive that you can out of a failure, take the time to discover lessons you can glean that will help to avoid the same thing happening again.
  3. Believe that failure is an event that happened, it doesn’t define you as a person.  You are not a failure, just because you have experienced a failure.
  4. Never blame others for the failure.  Accept your responsibility in what went wrong.
  5. People who are able to fail forward see the failure and the situation that the failure produces as temporary.  They believe that they will move past it.  

Here is a stategy to implement to help you move on from failure.

What have you deemed to be the main cause of disappointment and failure in your life? List all the heartaches, difficulties, challenges, and issues that are associated with that factor after giving it some thought.

Now, take each item in turn and determine whether it is a reality that you must accept and then overcome, or if it is something that calls for proactive action. Write “fact” next to any reality-based facts and resolve to be optimistic in the face of hardship.

In the box to the right of any item that requires action, write down what you should do to bring about good change in your life. then promise to do it with joy.

In summary, the best way to handle and move on from failure is to take the advice of legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith.  1) Recognize what went wrong 2) Admit that you failed 3) Learn the lessons from it 4) Forget it–move on and do not continue to dwell on what happened.

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