41 Inspiring Quotes on Failure (and How to Handle It)


On some days things don’t go as planned. You fall. Or fail. Or stumble.

It’s a part of a life well lived but how you look at and handle these dark or negative situations can have a huge impact on your life, success and happiness.

In this week’s article I’d like to share the best advice and thoughts on failure from the past from the people who walked this earth before us (well, quite a few of them are still here and walking among us).

This is 41 of the most motivating, though-provoking and helpful thoughts on failure and how to handle it from the past 2500 years.

  1. “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”
    C. S. Lewis
  2. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
    – Michael Jordan
  3. “No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.“
    Napoleon Hill
  4. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
    Samuel Beckett
  5. “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
  6. “An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.”
    Charles F. Kettering
  7. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
  8. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
    Henry Ford
  9. “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
  10. “A man may fail many times but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”
    John Burroughs
  11. “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
  12. “To be wrong is nothing unless you continue to remember it.”
  13. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
    Albert Einstein
  14. “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
  15. “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”
    Eloise Ristad
  16. “Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can’t go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure is a cancerous way to live.”
    Kevin Bacon
  17. “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
    Douglas Adams
  18. “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.”
    John Wooden
  19. “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”
    Anthony Robbins
  20. “Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
    George Eliot
  21. “A man may fall many times, but he won’t be a failure until he says that someone pushed him.”
    Elmer G. Letterman
  22. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.”
    George Bernard Shaw
  23. “What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning – and some of them many times over – what do you find? That you can swim? Well – life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!”
    Alfred Adler
  24. “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
  25. “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
  26. “Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.”
    Napoleon Hill
  27. “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
    Wayne Gretzky
  28. “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”
    John C. Maxwell
  29. “There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.”
    Tom Krause
  30. “Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.”
    Mike Ditka
  31. “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
    Winston Churchill
  32. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of a greater or equal benefit.”
    Napoleon Hill
  33. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
    Mark Zuckerberg
  34. “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
  35. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
    Elbert Hubbard
  36. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”
    Mark Twain
  37. “Success builds character, failure reveals it.”
    Dave Checkett
  38. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
    Jack Canfield
  39. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
    Ken Robinson
  40. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
    Zig Ziglar
  41. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”
    Napoleon Hill

What is your favorite quote on failure? Feel free to share the best one(s) you have found in this article or in your life in the comments section below.

Culled from: Positivity Blog

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Keeping the beast caged


Interesting title right? You know that feeling when you’re in public and you’re about to eat. Two things go through your mind at first, ‘should I act posh or just be myself as part of being unique, or should i act half posh half bush?’. I just want you to know this, no matter what you do, people are watching and just imagine a potential business partner, love interest or in law, seeing you eat like its your last day on earth. Especially during weddings! Oh my goodness. There are people who devour the chicken so hard that you’ll think they sharpened their teeth before coming for the occasion.
Oh, and don’t get me started on the pizza, sharwarma and burger eaters. Please, the horror is too much to bear. First off, if there is something you cannot eat properly in public without looking like a basket where everything keeps falling out, please I beg of you, package it and take it home. I presume you are not in competition with anyone.
Anyway, for the sake of my sanity and that of the world at large, here’s a couple of tips to take note of when you’re eating, regardless of whether you’re in public or not.screenshot_2017-01-01-15-55-52

  • Always close your mouth when eating; This is very vital. We really don’t want to know what’s going on in your mouth while you’re chewing. Spare us from that horror. It’s uncultured and irritating so please close your mouth when chewing. When you’re done, then you can open your mouth and talk. Also, if you want to yawn, please close your mouth and don’t make it too obvious.
  • Soundless chewing; for the love of all things holy, when you’re eating, you are not required to sound like there’s an earthquake about to happen in your mouth. I mean, doesn’t it hurt? Please endeavour to eat slowly and soundlessly. You’re not in a race with anybody biko.
  • Take small bites; i can already imagine you smiling. You know that competition you have with yourself to see if you can fit five countries into your mouth? Yeah…Stop it. Just let it go. Your food won’t digest easily that way and you don’t want people thinking you were raised in the forest. *wink*
  • Not fighting for food; Eyin Eyan Mayweather. You’re at a wedding you didn’t pay for or contribute to, yet you’re fighting as if the food was cultivated at the back of your house. Please have some chill. Wait your turn and then when it’s your turn; don’t start packing food that will last you till you die. Take a reasonable portion, not too much and not too small. It shows manners and respect for oneself.
  • Dealing with unfamiliar food; you have three options. Either you wait for someone to start eating and you copy the person or you ask how the food should be eaten or please just avoid the food. There are some ingredients your stomach may not be able to handle. So just avoid any embarrassment.
  •  When you have something stuck in your teeth, please do not use your tongue to remove it or your hand. That’s embarrassing. Just wait to remove it privately.
    These are the few tips we can give right now. stay tuned for more
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