We are not asking our children to do their own best but to be the best. Education is in danger of becoming a religion based on fear; its doctrine is to compete. The majority of our children are being led to believe that they are doomed to failure in a world which has room only for those at the top.

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

Man's conquest of nature has been astonishing. His failure to conquer human nature has been tragic.

The common idea that success spoils people making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter.

It is not enough to begin; continuance is necessary. Mere enrollment will not make one scholar; the pupil must continue in the school through the long course, until he masters every branch. Success depends upon staying power. The reason for failure in most cases is lack of perseverance.

Each of us was placed here for a special purpose. I believe that it is each person’s responsibility to determine what he or she can do to make the world a better place - and then go out and do it... Take full responsibility for our actions. Risk failure.

Society is ever ready to worship success, but rarely forgives failure.

It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one a failure.

Man is at his best when stimulated by hope of reward, fear of failure, and the light of a star.

The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failure.

Success and failure are not absolutes. They exist only in relation to your expectations, or to a given norm.

Tactlessness is a pain-giving failure to hit upon the right moment.

Failure changes to success when one acquires self-knowledge.

A success is one who decided to succeed - and worked. A failure is one who decided to succeed - and wished. A decided failure is one who failed to decide - and waited.

Every failure is a step to success; every detection of what is false directs us toward what is true; every trial exhausts some tempting form of error. Not only so, but scarcely any attempt is entirely a failure; scarcely any theory, is the result of steady thought, is altogether false; no tempting form of error is without some latent charm derived from truth.

Thought is born of failure.

Let's learn and label properly Disappointment and Discouragement for what they are - two completely different states of mind. Disappointment can be a spur to improvement that will contribute to success. But Discouragement is a mortal enemy that destroys courage and robs one of the will to fight. It is not circumstance that causes Discouragement, but one's own reaction to that circumstance. Everyone must meet Disappointment, many times; it is simply a part of life. When it is met, we may resign ourselves to Discouragement and failure. Or we may recognize each Disappointment as an asset by which we can profit, and take new strength from a lesson learned. The choice is ours, each time, to make.

Failure is an event... never a person.

There is no success with God, nor is there failure before him.