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48 Failure Quotes

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

Bishop Reginald Heber Quotes , Source: Palestine (l. 113)

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Greatly begin! Though thou have time But for a line, be that sublime-- Not failure, but low aim is crime.

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: For an Autograph

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You may boldly say, you did not plough Or trust the barren and ungrateful sands With the fruitful grain of your religious counsels.

Philip Massinger Quotes , Source: The Renegado

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If this fail, The pillar'd firmament is rottenness, And earth's base built on stubble.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Comus (l. 597)

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Why, like the hindmost chariot wheels, art curst Still to be near but ne'er to reach the first. [Lat., Nam quamvis prope to, quamvis temone sub uno Verentem sese, frustra sectabere cantum Cum rota posterior curras et in axe secundo.]

Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Satires (V, 71), (Dryden's translation) one of the mottoes of the "Spectator", "Tatler", "Guardian"

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Although strength should fail, the effort will deserve praise. In great enterprises the attempt is enough. [Lat., Quod si deficiant vires, audacia certe Laus erit: in magnis et voluisse sat est.]

Sextus Propertius Quotes , Source: Elegioe (II, 10, 5)

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Allow me to offer my congratulations on the truly admirable skill you have shown in keeping clear of the mark. Not to have hit once in so many trials, argues the most splendid talents for missing.

Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater") Quotes , Source: Works (vol. XIV, p. 161), quoting the Emperor Galerius to a soldier who missed the target many times

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He beat the bushes without taking the birds. [Fr., [Il] battoit les buissons sans predre les ozillons.]

Francois Rabelais Quotes , Source: Gargantua (ch. II)

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Here's to the men who lose! What though their work be e'er so nobly plann'd And watched with zealous care; No glorious halo crowns their efforts grand-- Contempt is Failure's share!

G.L. Scarborough Quotes , Source: To the Vanquished

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And each forgets, as he strips and runs With a brilliant, fitful pace, It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones Who win in the lifelong race. And each forgets that his youth has fled, Forgets that his prime is past, Till he stands one day, with a hope that's dead, In the glare of the truth at last.

Robert William Service Quotes , Source: The Men That Don't Fit In

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We have scorched the snake, not killed it. She'll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former tooth.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at III, ii)

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Never give a man up until he has failed at something he likes.

Lewis E. Lawes Quotes

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War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.

Jimmy Carter Quotes

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I have no use for men who fail. The cause of their failure is no business of mine, but I want successful men as my associates.

John D. Rockefeller Quotes

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Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. -George Soros.

George Soros Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

John Burroughs Quotes

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Failures are divided into two classes--those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

John Charles Salak Quotes

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The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything--and it works.

William Strong Quotes

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A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in the experience.

Elbert Hubbard Quotes

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Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

George Washington Carver Quotes

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

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

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