Michael Jordan’s and Others’ famous quotes on “Failure”


Below is Michael Jordan’s remarkable quote on the role of “failure” in his life  (Jordan was one of the most lauded and successful professional American basketball players in the history of the game):

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life…and that is why I succeed.” 


Here are several more excellent quotes on failure, which I’ve collected and love:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.” – Havelock Ellis

“It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.” – Samuel Smiles

“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” – from the film, It’s A Wonderful Life

“It is not the critic who counts,
not the man who points out
how the strong man stumbled,
or where the doer of deeds
could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man
who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,
who strives valiantly,
who errs and comes short again and again,
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions,
and spends himself in a worthy cause,
who at best knows achievement
and who at the worst if he fails
at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be
with those cold and timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt (From a speech given in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910)

“Many of life’s [so called] failures…are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“No garden is without its weeds.”  – Thomas Fuller

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.” – William Saroyan

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“I don’t measure a man’s success by how far he climbs, but by how high he bounces after he’s reached the bottom.” – George S. Patton

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” – James Michener

“A setback is a setup for a comeback.”

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget
everything except what you’re going to do now and do it…

…The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody
else. I hate that.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential…

…Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” – Pope John XXIII

“When there is nothing left but God…that is when you find out that God is all you need.”

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell
that limits your understanding…” – Kahlil Gibran

“The best way out is always through…” – Robert Frost

“Sometimes you win…and sometimes you learn.”

This too will pass…

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