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Wordy Wednesday: Failure


Earlier this week, I had to can a 2 year project that I’ve poured my blood, sweat and tears into. Delta Delta Theta, the local sorority I founded on my campus, is no longer. Frankly, I’m devastated, and will probably embarrass myself and my friends this weekend as a result of how much I’ll be drinking. I’m trying my best not to internalize all of the negativity I’m being overwhelmed with, but I’m struggling. These quotes about failure can be applied to anyone going through a particularly rough patch, feeling completely defeated and broken.


“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be”

– John Wooden

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

― Henry Ford

“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


“A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul.”

― Jillian Michaels

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

– Robert F. Kennedy

“Because a fellow has failed once or twice or a dozen times, you don’t want to set him down as a failure till he’s dead or loses his courage.”

–George Horace Lorimer

“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

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

― J.K. Rowling

“Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, ‘I have failed three times,’ and what happens when he says, ‘I am a failure.’”

– S.I. Hayakawa

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

― Truman Capote

“Failure is just part of the process, and it’s not just okay; it’s better than okay. God doesn’t want failure to shut us down. God didn’t make it a three-strikes-and-you’re-out sort of thing. It’s more about how God helps us dust ourselves off so we can swing for the fences again. And all of this without keeping a meticulous record of our screw-ups.”

― Bob Goff


“It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through success; they often succeed through failures.”

– Author Unknown

“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

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

– Henry Ford

“The phoenix must burn to emerge.”

– Janet Fitch

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

― Randy Pausch

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

― Winston S. Churchill

“Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”

― Jules Verne

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.”

― Jason Mraz


“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”

― Joel Osteen

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“We are all failures- at least the best of us are.”

― J.M. Barrie

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

― Samuel Beckett

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

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

― Winston S. Churchill



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