Not failure, but low aim, is crime. - James Russell Lowell


person jumping over a deep chasm

Fear of Failure


Go back a little to leap further.
John Clarke

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt

Half of the failures in life come from pulling one's horse when he is leaping.
Thomas Hood

I failed my way to success.
Thomas Edison

Don't obsess about the failures. Instead, investigate and close the successes.
Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare

Without failure we can learn nothing, and yet we have learned to treasure success as the only acceptable standard.
Wayne W. Dwyer, Your Erroneous Zones

Apparent failure may hold in its rough shell the germs of a success that will blossom in time, and bear fruit throughout eternity.
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
Napoleon Hill

Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.
Newell D. Hillis

They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich

We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.
Samuel Smiles

I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best.
John Keats

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
James Joyce

He that is down needs fear no fall.
John Bunyan

Successful people...focus on the rewards of success: learning from their mistakes and thinking about how they can improve themselves and their situations.
John Maxwell, Your Road Map for Success

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
George Herman "Babe" Ruth

One who fears failure limits his activities.
Failure is only the opportunity to more
intelligently begin again.

Henry Ford

Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
John F. Kennedy

Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.
Marian Wright Edelman

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard

Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.
Napoleon Hill

Our greatest glory consist not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Oliver Goldsmith

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent van Gogh

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest men sometimes overshoot themselves, but then their very mistakes are so many lessons of instruction.
Tom Browne

A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities.
Charles de Gaulle

Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.
James A. Froude

The only people who never fail are those who never try.
Ilka Chase

It is the want of diligence, rather than the want of means, that causes most failures.
Alfred Mercier

A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed--I well know.
For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.

Georges Clemenceau

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Napoleon Bonaparte

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Elbert Hubbard

There is no impossibility to him who stands prepared to conquer every hazard.
The fearful are the failing.

Sarah J. Hale

Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air.
Johann C. F. von Schiller

Failure teaches success.
Japanese Saying

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