It seems that failure is more visible than success. Or, at the very least, that’s how we see it. Every time we have an unusual idea, we worry about it, try to stop it, and doubt ourselves. However, the simple truth is that no great achievement has ever been accomplished without any level of failure It could be a colossal failure. Alternatively, a string of failures, such as Edison’s 10,000 attempts to invent the light bulb or Dyson’s 5,126 attempts to invent a bagless vacuum cleaner. However, whether we like it or not, failure is an unavoidable part of achieving our goals.

Here are 170 of the best quotes on failure in life on the internet. to provide you with the motivation you need to take more risks today. Have fun!

1. “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” – James Joyce

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2. “Failure is an attitude, not an outcome.” – Harvey MacKay

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3. “Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

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4. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

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5. “There’s meaning in every failure. Find it. ” – Maxime Lagacé

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6. “Failure is success in progress.” – Albert Einstein

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7. Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

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8. “There is no failure. Only feedback.” – Robert Allen

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9. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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10. “We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies.” – Voltaire

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11. “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. ” – Jack Canfield

12. “First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events.” – Marie Curie

13. “In any case, you must not confuse a single failure with a final defeat.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

14. Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I built my life.” – J.K. Rowling

15. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino

16. “You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.” – Barack Obama

17. The only failures are those who fail to try.” – Lester B. Pearson 

18. “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is sure to be a failure.” – Confucius

19. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

20. “Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” – Ralph Ellison

21. “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

22. “Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.” – Mike Ditka

23. “All my successes have been built on my failures.” – Benjamin Disraeli

24. “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. ” – John F. Kennedy

25. “Anyone who attempts is not a failure.” – Sarah Dessen

26. “No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

27. “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” – Henry David Thoreau

28. I don’t believe in failure. It is not a failure if you enjoyed the process.” – Oprah Winfrey

29. “A minute’s success pays the failure of years.” – Robert Browning

30. “Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.” – Neil Gaiman

31. “There is no such thing as failure, only results.” – Tony Robbins

32. “Don’t think of it as a failure. Think of it as time-released success.” – Robert Orben

33. “Sport and life are about losing. It’s about understanding how to lose.” – Lynn Davies

34. “Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.” – Charlie Chaplin

35. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

36. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

37. “Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.” – Sylvester Stallone

38. “Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”  – Steve Jobs

39. “When it’s tough, will you give up or will you be relentless?” – Jeff Bezos 

40. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

41. “Failure is an important part of your growth. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Michelle Obama

42. “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.” – Michael Jordan

43. “You have to be able to accept failure to get better.” – LeBron James

44. “Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failures along the way.” – Barack Obama

45. “In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is to not take risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg

46. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” – James Cameron 

47. “If at first, you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.” – Steven Wright

48. “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. ” – Benjamin Franklin

49. Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart 

50. “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha

51. “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” – Abraham Lincoln

52. “Victory has a hundred fathers, but failure is an orphan.” – John F. Kennedy

53. The bigger the failure, the greater the lesson. 

54. Tough situations build strong people. 

55. No man is a failure who is enjoying life.” – William Feather

56. “My reputation grows with every failure.” – George Bernard Shaw

57. “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Finch

58. “No garden is without its weeds.” – Thomas Fuller

59. “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” – Zig Ziglar

60. “If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t taking enough risks.” – Debbie Millman

61. “Failure either ruins you or turns you into the man you can become.” – Tucker Max

62. “It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once.” – Mark Cuban

63. “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

64. “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

65. “Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” – Kobe Bryant

66. “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” – H. G. Wells

67. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

68. “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

69. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills

70. “Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.” – Corita Kent

71. “Not failure, but low aim, is a crime.” – James Russell Lowell

72. “A hundred failures would not matter when one single success could change the destiny of the world.” – Arthur C. Clarke

73. “When you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.” – John Wooden 

74. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” –  Oliver Goldsmith

75. “Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes

76. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

77. “Without failure, there is no achievement.” – John C. Maxwell

78. “The cost of failure is…learning.” – Neil Strauss

79. “You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney

80. “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope

81. “Apprentice yourself in failure.” – Robert Greene

82. It’s not failure, it’s an unfinished success. 

83. Attitude is the essence of failure or success. 

84. Key to failure: Trying to please everyone. 

85. Failure open doors to new opportunities. 

86. Failure doesn’t kill you… it increases your desire to make something happen.” – Kevin Costner

87. “There is no failure unless one stops. Not to work is to cease, tighten up, become nervous and therefore destructive of the creative process.” – Ray Bradbury

88. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

89. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” –  Barack Obama

90. “No matter what one does, regardless of failure or success, the experience is a form of success in itself.” – Jack Ma 

91. “Embrace failure. Never quit. Get very comfortable with that uneasy feeling of going against the grain and trying something new.” – Terry Crews

92. “I think you have to try and fail because failure gets you closer to what you’re good at.” – Louis C.K.

93. Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again. 

94. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

95. “It is very important to embrace failure and to do a lot of stuff — as much stuff as possible — with as little fear as possible.” – Stefan Sagmeister

96. “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

97. “Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.” – Garth Stein

98. “Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.” – James Russell Lowell

99. “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.” – Alexander Dumas

100. “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 fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

101. “Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure. But the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it.” – J.K. Rowling

102. “It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.” – Conan O’Brien

103. “We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.” – Rabindranath Tagore

104. “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver

105. It is your own bad strategies, not the unfair opponent, that is to blame for your failures. You are responsible for the good and bad in your life.” – Robert Greene 

106. “Keep your head up in failure, and your head down in success.” – Jerry Seinfeld

107. “An action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure.” – Genghis Khan

108. “What would you be glad you did – even if you failed?” – Brené Brown

109. “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” – Zig Ziglar

110. “It’s much, much better to wind up with a lot of crap having tried it than to overthink in the beginning and not do it.” – Stefan Sagmeister

111. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden

112. “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

113. “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” – Jim Rohn

114. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Tim Ferriss

115. “I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.” – Yohji Yamamoto

116. “Life is a Tetris. Do something good, it disappears immediately. But mistakes, they accumulate themselves. In the end, everyone loses.” – Alexandra Melo 

117. “Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” – Anne Sullivan

118. “Successor failure is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacity.” – Walter Scott

119. Your failure does not define you, your determination does. 

120. “Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them.” – Sarah Dessen

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121. “There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.” – Laurence J. Peter

122. “People who have the ability to fail in public under their own names actually gain a lot of power.” – Naval Ravikant

123. “Failures are amplified by denying that they are failures.” – Mark Manson

124. “It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” – Roger Babson

125. If you experiment a lot you will fail often but at the same time, your odds of success will also increase. Success and failure go hand in hand; they are not mutually exclusive. Learn to look at success and failure as gradations on a continuum, not as binary opposites.

126. ” Just because you failed doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. We all fail. Mentally resilient people realize that it’s not failure that defines your identity but how you respond.” – Shane Parrish

127. Blame is not for failure. It is for failing to help or ask for help.” – Jorgen Vig Knudstorp 

128. “Failure is nothing more than learning how to win.” – Robin Sharma

129. “I’ve come to realize that all my past failures and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understanding that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” – Tony Robbins

130. “You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it.” – Tina Fey

131. Always remember that failure is an event, not a person.” – Zig Ziglar

132. “Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

133. 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

134. “The trick is to take advantage of the particular details of the mess you’ve made so that your next attempt will be informed by it and not just another blind stab in the dark.” – Daniel Dennett

135. “Happiness needs sadness. Success needs failure. Benevolence needs evil. Love needs hatred. Victory needs defeat. Pleasure needs pain.” – Philippos

136. “You must experience and accept the extremes because if the contrast is lost, you lose appreciation; and when you lose appreciation you lose the value of everything.” – Philippos

137. “There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail. What is past is useful only as it suggests ways and means for progress.” – Henry Ford 

138. If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” – W. C. Fields

139. “To fail is to give up. But you are in the midst of a moving process. Nothing fails then. All goes on. Work is done. If good, you learn from it. If bad, you learn even more.” – Ray Bradbury

140. “Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new (and, as such, should be seen as valuable; without them, we’d have no originality).” – Ed Catmull 

141. “The attempt to avoid failure makes failure more likely.” – Ed Catmull

142. “If you aren’t experiencing failure, it means you are failing.” – Lance Allred

143. “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden

144.  “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  – Jack Canfield

145. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

146. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

147. “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch

148.  “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

149. “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis

150. “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

151. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

152. “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 them. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash

153. “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar

154. “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

155. “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

156. “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad

157. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson

158. “Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” – Gena Showalter

159. “If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes backbone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

160. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is a 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

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162. “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

163. “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres

164. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Chris Bradford

165. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

166. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

167. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

168. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

169. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

170. “I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.” – Neal Shusterman