Everyone experiences failure during their lifetimes. Rather than being a terrible thing, failure often makes you smarter and more successful. It offers you a change to learn and grow as a person – although it can be pretty painful at the time.


Check out 15 powerful and inspiring quotes about failure.

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

“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”- James Joyce

“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

“For my first show at ‘SNL’, I wrote a Bill Clinton sketch, and during our read-through, it wasn’t getting any laughs. This weight of embarrassment came over me, and I felt like I was sweating from my spine out. But I realized, ‘Okay, that happened, and I did not die.’ You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it.” – Tina Fey

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” – Chris Hardwick

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dalí

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” – Nathan W. Morris

“I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed.” – Dolly Parton



  1. Krista Kemp · February 21, 2016

    Fantastic post! It’s important to look at situations from all angles.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. keeneshort · February 21, 2016

    Great post! Salvador Dali’s quote is just superb!

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · February 22, 2016

      Thank you! I love it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. hsampson · February 21, 2016

    Thank you!! This is pure gold!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · February 22, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. McApple · February 22, 2016

    The fear of failure takes away the joy of winning!

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  5. Isabella · February 26, 2016

    Love the quotes. Failure is a great teacher.

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · March 3, 2016

      Definitely – we all gain wisdom through failure. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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