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We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
It isn't the Lord who withholds himself from us. It is we who withhold ourselves from him because of our failure to keep his commandments.
The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.
I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.
A man may fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.
When on the brink of complete discouragement, success is discerning that ... the line between failure and success is so fine that often a single extra effort is all that is needed to bring victory out of defeat.
INSURRECTION, n. An unsuccessful revolution. Disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.
If we evolved a race of Isaac Newtons, that would not be progress. For the price Newton had to pay for being a supreme intellect was that he was incapable of friendship, love, fatherhood, and many other desirable things. As a man he was a failure; as a monster he was superb.
There are two primary forces in this world, fear and faith. Fear can move you to destructiveness or sickness or failure. Only in rare instances will it motivate you to accomplishment. But faith is a greater force. Faith can drive itself into your consciousness and set you free from fear forever.
No man is beaten until his hope is annihilated, his confidence gone. As long as a man faces life hopefully, confidently, triumphantly he is not a failure; he is not beaten until he turns his back on life.
Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently try again.
—  Henry Ford
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.
Yes, risk-taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise it would be called sure-thing-taking.
Champions know that success is inevitable; that there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. They know that the best way to forecast the future is to create it.
There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a king.
Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.
—  Don Wilder
Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
In business, the earning of profit is something more than an incident of success. It is an essential condition of success. It is an essential condition of success because the continued absence of profit itself spells failure.
Meet your failure nobly, and it will not differ from success.
Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to over up failure, learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing.
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
Children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who fail to live it worthily, but who think that they are wiser by experience, that is, by failure.
The more congenial page of some tenth-rate poeticule worn out with failure after failure and now squat in his hole like the tailless fox, he is curled up to snarl and whimper beneath the inaccessible vine of song.
Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic. It is not idly, passively waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen. It gives us hope by helping us realize that the righteous suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying. We must never give up, regardless of temptations, frustrations, disappointments, or discouragements.
Every great work, every great accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement comes apparent failure and discouragement.
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.
To meet the great tasks that are before us, we require all our intelligence, and we must be sound and wholesome in mind. We must proceed in order. The price of anger is failure.
Use the big thinker's vocabulary. Use big, bright, cheerful words. Use words that promise victory, hope, happiness, pleasure, avoid words that create unpleasant images of failure, defeat, grief.
We are always getting ready to live, but never living. The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.
I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.
The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only reality.
There is no such thing as an inevitable war. If war comes it will be from failure of human wisdom.
More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.
You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him? What did he get out of them?
Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.
The happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing of circumstances and most bitter environment. It is the kind of happiness that grins when things go wrong and smiles through the tears. The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will root deeply inside us and give inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. That kind of happiness stands in need on no outward stimulus.
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to become a failure I would seek advice from men who have never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.
Successful men are influenced by desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by desire for pleasing methods.
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.
The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed.
Lack of will power has caused more failure than lack of intelligence or ability.
There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure.
When you get right down to it, one of the most important tasks of a leader is to eliminate his people's excuse for failure.
The Art of Success ... Success is ninety-nine percent mental attitude. It calls for love, joy, optimism, confidence, serenity, poise, faith, courage, cheerfulness, imagination, initiative, tolerance, honesty, humility, patience, and enthusiasm ... Success is having the courage to meet failure without being defeated. It is refusing to let present loss interfere with your long-range goal ... Success is relative and individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years add up to a great life.
There are two kinds of failures: The man who will do nothing he is told, and the man who will do nothing else.
Congealed thinking is the forerunner of failure ... make sure you are always receptive to new ideas. -
Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay.
There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows.
No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.
The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
Drunkenness is the failure of a man to control his thoughts.
What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life.
The images of the unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand them, or a shirking of ethical responsibility, deprives him of his wholeness and imposes a painful fragmentariness on his life.
They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.
There are no secrets to success. Don't waste your time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.
If you are doing your best, you will not have time to worry about failure.
The worst of failure of this kind is that it spoils the market for more competent performers.
DESTINY, n. A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure.
Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
... though modern Marriage is a tremendous laboratory, its members are often without preparation for the partnership function. How much agony and remorse and failure could have been avoided if there had been at least some rudimentary learning before they entered the partnership.
Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.
It was meant to be that life would be a challenge. To suffer some anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some failure is normal. Teach our members that if they have a good, miserable day once in a while, or several in a row, to stand steady and face them. Things will straighten out. There is great purpose in our struggle in life.
The way a young man spends his evenings is a part of that thin area between success and failure.
Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.
You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself ... the height of a man's success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment ... And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.
The history of an art is the history of masterwork, not of failures, or mediocrity.
—  Ezra Pound
Women punish themselves for the failure to conform.
The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.
Our task is to become our best selves. One of God's greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.
You'll come back, because yours is an error of knowledge, not a moral failure, not an act of surrender to evil, but only the last act of being victim to your own virtue. We'll wait for you and when you come back, you will have discovered that there need never be any conflict among your desires, nor so tragic a clash of values as the one you've borne so well.
—  Ayn Rand
Failing doesn't make you a failure. Giving up, accepting your failure, refusing to try again does!
I've always believed that it's important to show a new look periodically. Predictability can lead to failure.
Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
Failure and success are not accidents, but the strictest justice.
There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.
In this game that we're playing, we can't win. Some kinds of failure are better than other kinds, that's all.
I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, every day, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.
—  Og Mandino
So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to the master -- so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil -- so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best-regulated administration of slavery.

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