20 Quotes from literature that will make you feel better about failure

Here are 20 quotes from literature that will make you feel better about failure.


1. “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”
Henry David Thoreau, I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau

2. “Failures are the stairs we climb to reach success.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

3. “Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

4. “All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho


5. “I can’t back down now. Not with all the people betting I’ll fail behind me.”
Veronica Roth, Divergent

6. “Isana felt her throat tighten.
‘We failed.’ Serai lifted her chin and patted Isana’s arm firmly.
‘We have not yet succeeded. There is a difference.’”
Jim Butcher, Academ’s Fury

7. “And failure, if you want to know, Dakota, is just another opportunity to try again.”
Kate Jacobs, The Friday Night Knitting Club

8. “Life is full of screwups. You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existance.”
Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride


9. “The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures. The person who knows only success can be more oblivious to all the pitfalls.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

10. “Failure makes the success worth it.”
Beth Revis, Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice

11. “The only real failure in life is giving up. On looking back let it stand to our credit in life’s balance sheet that at least we tried, and tried hard.”
A.G. Street, Farmer’s Glory

12. “Never feel shame for trying and failing for he who has never failed is he who has never tried.”
Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World


13. “’Stop judging your life only by the failures,’ he whispered.
‘What should I do?’ she whispered. ‘I’m always going to fail.’
‘We all do,’ he said softly, his voice closer now. ‘We all fail. But none of us fail all the time.’”
Michelle Sagara West, Cast in Silence

14. “Successful people will declare that their failures have been the foundation for their success.”
Kevin Abdulrahman, The Book on What Ever You’re Into: These Are the 52 Timeless Winning Truths You Need to Know to Have a Chance at Winning

15. “When I thought about why I was sometimes reluctant to push myself, I realized that it was because I was afraid of failure – but in order to have more success, I needed to be willing to accept more failure.”
Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

16. “You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. 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, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination


17. “Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you do after you fail that determines whether you are a leader or a waste of perfectly good air.”
Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night

18. “Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Chris Bradford, The Way of the Sword

19. “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, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

20. “Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

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