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We live in a society that frowns at the idea of failing. Anything that does not represent a win or success is seen as a death sentence. Unfortunately, many people let this mindset prevent them from striving for greatness

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Daring to do great things even though there’s a potential for failure is the only way to achieving success. This has been proven time and again by many successful people.

Though it’s easy to see the benefits of not being afraid to fail, however, getting motivated to take action can be hard. That’s why we’ve gathered quotes by successful people, who through their healthy mindset, were able to stand tall in the face of failure. 

Here are 25 quotes to help you stay confident even when you fail.

  • “Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  • “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ― Michael Jordan
  • “Failure is a part of the process. You just learn to pick yourself back up.” ― Michelle Obama
  • “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” ― Confucius
  • “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

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  • “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” ― Arianna Huffington
  • “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” ― Eloise Ristad
  • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ― Thomas Edison
  • “It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience.” ―Lupita Nyong’o
  • “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” — Paulo Coelho
  • “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 have failed by default.” ― J.K. Rowling
  • “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
  • “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” ― Bill Gates
  • “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” ― John F. Kennedy

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  • “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” ― Brene Brown
  • “There are no failures–just experiences and your reactions to them.” ― Tom Krause
  • “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” ― Bill Gates
  • “Don’t fear failure — not failure, but low aim is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.” ― Bruce Lee
  • “The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” ― Roy T. Bennett
  • “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” — Benjamin Franklin
  • “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert F. Kennedy
  • “One who fears failure limits his activities.” — Henry Ford
  • “Let the fear of failure be the background noise of your success.” — Giovanni Dienstmann
  • “A fear of weakness only strengthens weakness.” — Criss Jami
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This article was first published on 30th April 2022


My name is Samuel Okoruwa. I am an ardent researcher, reading is life and writing is fun.

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