Moderate effort over a long time is important, no matter what you are trying to do. One brings failure upon oneself by working extremely hard at the beginning, attempting to do too much, and then giving up after a short time.
The school system can’t make up for family failure. The total education of our children is a cooperative effort requiring community solidarity. Apathetic parents who foster a permissive home atmosphere create a problem for everyone.
Competition, the wringing of success from somebody’s failure.
Extreme rationalism may be defined as the failure of reason to understand itself.
Much marriage difficulty and unhappiness are due to the failure of the partners to accept the fact of their finiteness and its meaning. Instead, they hold themselves up to ideals of performance possible only to God.
Failure is an opportunity to learn from your and other’s mistakes. But if you always blame others, there is no end to blaming.
The sacred is revealed to us in the experience of our failure.
Fame or integrity: which is more important? Money or happiness: which is more valuable? Success or failure: which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be truly fulfilled. If you happiness depends on money you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Failure is the path of least persistence.
A moral obligation is no less compelling because it may end in failure.
The tragedy of our time is “the treason of the clerks,” that is, the failure of our best minds to give themselves to contemplation of truth, and their undue preoccupation with immediate problems to the neglect of the deeper problems.
The history of failure in war can be summed up in two words: Too Late.
No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.
Winners are known as much by the quality of their failure as by the quality of their successes.
Lack of will power has caused more failure than lack of intelligence or ability.
The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, and is not preceded by a period of worry and depression.
Failure is not our only punishment for laziness: there is also the success of others.
A great illusion of lovers is to believe that the intensity of their sexual attraction is the guarantee of the perpetuity of their love. It is because of this failure to distinguish between the glandular and the spiritual… that marriages are so full of deception.
No amount of libido, or passion, no external force, and no inner prompting to sin can make the human action of man anything but free. We are never tempted beyond our strength. Every moral failure is ours alone, because our choices are our own.
A scientist had a bird in his hand. He saw that it had life and, wanting to find out in what part of the bird's body its life lay, he began dissecting the bird. The result was that the very life he was in search of disappeared. Those who try to understand the mysteries of the inner life intellectually will meet with similar failure. The life they are looking for will vanish in the analysis.