Quotations on Failure

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Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
- Edward Abbey
(Keywords: Imagination, Belief, Failure, Supernatural)

Life is so fresh, life is every day so new if we are fighting, only for the best. Sometimes I think the only real satisfaction in life is failure, failure in your endeavor to do your best.
- Maude Adams
(Keywords: Life, Failure, Day, Fighting, Satisfaction)

Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming a successful executive.
- Scott Adams
(Keywords: Success, Successful, Failure, Goal)

No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.
- Alfred Adler
(Keywords: Experience, Success, Failure, Cause)

I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed.
- George Allen
(Keywords: History, Action, Failure, Apology, Senate, states, Today, United, Victims)

They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure.
- James Allen
(Keywords: Fear, Failure, Doubt)

He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.
- James Lane Allen
(Keywords: Fear, Failure, Doubt)

Mohammed was not an apparent failure. He was a dazzling success, politically as well as spiritually, and Islam went from strength to strength to strength.
- Karen Armstrong
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Strength, Islam)

Failure is the most terrible thing in our business. When we fail, the whole world knows about it.
- Desi Arnaz
(Keywords: Business, Failure, World)

American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society.
- Thomas Babington
(Keywords: Society, Failure, American, Authority, Democracy)

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
- Roger Babson
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Mind)

It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
- Roger Babson
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Mind)

The main reason for the failure of the modern medical science is that it is dealing with results and not causes. Nothing more than the patching up of those attacked and the burying of those who are slain, without a thought being given to the real strong hold.
- Edward Bach
(Keywords: Medical, Science, Thought, Failure, Being, Causes, Nothing, Reason, Results)

I saw why people died and how they died. I saw gunshot wounds and liver failure. It was a good learning experience, so I came regularly on weekends and holidays.
- Michael Baden
(Keywords: Experience, People, Failure, Holidays, Learning, Wounds)

I have never described the time I was in Doctor Who as anything except a kind of ecstatic success, but all the rest has been rather a muddle and a disappointment. Compared to Doctor Who, it has been an outrageous failure really - it's so boring.
- Tom Baker
(Keywords: Time, Success, Failure, Disappointment, Rest)

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions - of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas.
- James M. Baldwin
(Keywords: Success, Ideas, Failure, Balance, Compromise, Consciousness, Feeling, Rivalry)

I hate failure and that divorce was a Number One failure in my eyes. It was the worst period of my life. Neither Desi nor I have been the same since, physically or mentally.
- Lucille Ball
(Keywords: Life, Failure, Divorce, Eyes, Hate)

The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only unreality.
- Toni Cade Bambara
(Keywords: Dream, Failure, Friends)

Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. This is California? I thought.
- Joseph Barbera
(Keywords: Thought, Impression, Failure, Despair, Disappointment)

There's tons of creative people in television that have one failure after another, and they just step up higher. I could never get over that. When I had a failure, there was no such thing as just getting over it.
- Chuck Barris
(Keywords: People, Failure, Television)

Twenty million more have Chronic Kidney Disease, where patients experience a gradual deterioration of kidney function, the end result of which is kidney failure.
- Xavier Becerra
(Keywords: Experience, Failure, Disease, End, Result)

Without failure there is no sweetness in success. There's no understanding of it.
- Glenn Beck
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Sweetness, Understanding)

I know acts and I'm not going to name names but these people sold ten million copies the first time and the second album sells three million and it's considered a failure and they're dropped and that's really a shame.
- Gerry Beckley
(Keywords: Time, People, Failure, First, Name, Names, Shame)

Hollywood... a city I was to come back to time and again, in sickness and in health, in success and in failure, with anticipation and with dread.
- Dirk Benedict
(Keywords: Success, Time, Health, Failure, Anticipation, Hollywood, Sickness)

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
- Tony Benn
(Keywords: War, Failure, Diplomacy)

The fear of failure is so great, it is no wonder that the desire to do right by one's children has led to a whole library of books offering advice on how to raise them.
- Bruno Bettelheim
(Keywords: Fear, Failure, Advice, Books, Children, Desire, Right, Wonder)

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
(Keywords: Fear, Discipline, Failure, Goal, Habit, Attention, Confidence, Excitement, Pride, Respect)

Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.
- Gary Ryan Blair
(Keywords: Opportunity, Failure, Caution, Inaction)

Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.
- Gary Ryan Blair
(Keywords: Success, Opportunity, Failure, Goal, Caution, Inaction, Risk)

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency - the belief that the here and now is all there is.
- Allan Bloom
(Keywords: Belief, Failure, Vision, Books, Now)

Failure is simply the non-presence of success. But a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions.
- Orlando Bloom
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Disaster)

Over the next four years, we will be bold. We will be willing to experiment. We will not fear failure.
- Matt Blunt
(Keywords: Fear, Failure, Will, Years)

But while success and failure depend on conditions, the mind neither waxes nor wanes.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Mind)

The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to either success or failure, however you define those terms.
- Neal Boortz
(Keywords: Life, Success, Failure, Choices, Fact, Key, Leading, Responsibility)

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Determination, Failure, Succeed)

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.
- Dorthea Brande
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Act, Formula, Frustration, Right)

Well, I think that there's a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you're likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line.
- Richard Branson
(Keywords: Business, Success, Failure, Financial, Wrong)

The failure in Ohio to have adequate voting capacity for the people who were registered and eligible to vote was an absolute denial of their right to vote.
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Keywords: People, Failure, Denial, Right, Vote, Voting)

Jobs for every American is doomed to failure because of modern automation and production. We ought to recognize it and create an income-maintenance system so every single American has the dignity and the wherewithal for shelter, basic food, and medical care. I'm talking about welfare for all. Without it, you're going to have warfare for all.
- Jerry Brown
(Keywords: Medical, Food, Failure, American, Care, Dignity, Income, Jobs, Production, Talking, Welfare)

I've criticized President Bush for his failure to use his veto pen. There's plenty of blame to go around. The question is how to solve problems. It's not bailouts. What made America great? Free markets, free enterprise, manufacturing, job creation. That's how we're gonna do it, not by enlarging government.
- Scott Brown
(Keywords: Government, Failure, America, Blame, Creation, Job, Manufacturing, Pen, President, Problems, Question)

If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
(Keywords: Time, Failure, Worry)

A minute's success pays the failure of years.
- Robert Browning
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Years)

One of the biggest problems with the modern feminist movement is its failure to bring men along with us.
- Tammy Bruce
(Keywords: Men, Failure, Problems)

We have actually experienced in recent months a dramatic demonstration of an unprecedented intelligence failure, perhaps the most significant intelligence failure in the history of the United States.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Keywords: History, Intelligence, Failure, Months, states, United)

I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.
- George Burns
(Keywords: Love, Success, Failure, Hate)

I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.
- George Burns
(Keywords: Love, Success, Failure, Hate)

I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Hope, Ambition, Succeed, Washington)

The carrying out of the Potsdam Agreement has, however, been obstructed by the failure of the Allied Control Council to take the necessary steps to enable the German economy to function as an economic unit.
- James F. Byrnes
(Keywords: Control, Failure, Agreement, Economy)

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
- Dale Carnegie
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Discouragement)

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
(Keywords: Time, Failure, Energy, Forget, Mistakes, Past, Space)



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