Ten Inspirational Sayings and Quotes About Success and Failure

by on January 25th, 2011
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If you’ve been following my articles, you would have seen that I’ve been reading and commenting on success guru John C. Maxwell’s book “Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success.” He has some great quotes and inspirational sayings about success and failure peppered throughout his book. I decided to pull some of these out and make a list for easy reference. (Because of the quantity of quotes available I may decide to write a second article to include more.) I hope you find them as thought provoking as I do.

“We are all failures — at least, all the best of us are.” (J.M. Barrie)

“There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is really only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and not look beyond the failure.” (Kyle Rote, Jr.)

“People are training for success when they should be training for failure. Failure is far more common than success; poverty is more prevalent than wealth; and disappointment more normal than arrival.” (J. Wallace Hamilton)

“The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.” (Nelson Boswell)

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” (Thomas Edison)

“Failure isn’t so bad if it doesn’t attack the heart. Success is all right if it doesn’t go to the head.” (Grantland Rice)

“You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action.” (Jerome Bruner)

“The moment a question comes to your mind, see yourself mentally taking hold of it and disposting of it. In that moment is your choice made. Thus you learn to take the path to the right. Thus you learn to become the decider and not the vacillator. Thus you build character.” (H. Van Anderson)

“Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s okay to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.” (H. Stanley Judd)

“Too many people, when they make a mistake, just keep stubbornly plowing ahead and end up repeating the same mistakes. I believe in the motto, ‘Try and try again.’ But the way I read it, it says, ‘Try, then stop and think. Then try again.’” (William Dean Singleton)

John C. Maxwell. Failing Foward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success

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