To be elated at success and disappointed at failure is to be the child of circumstances; how can such a one be called master of himself?
The rulers of old set off all success to the credit of their people, attributing all failure to themselves.
A noble person is distressed by his own lack of capacity; he is never distressed at the failure of others to recognize his merits.
The concept of a life experiment can help us get past the fear of failure. The only real failure is not to experiment.
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest steppingstones to success. No other element can do so much for a man if he is willing to study them and make capital out of them. Look backward. Can't you see where your failures have helped you?
Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
There is no failure except in no longer trying... The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.
Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.... There is no failure except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.
There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.
It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertaking, and new forms of expression.
It is to escape responsibility for failure that the weak so eagerly throw themselves into grandiose undertakings.
They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.
Success for women, is always part failure.
If one asks for success and prepares for failure, one will get the situation one has prepared for.
The whole record of civilization is a record of the failure of money as a higher incentive. The enormous majority of men never make any serious effort to get rich. The few who are sordid enough to do so easily become millionaires with a little luck, and astonish the others by the contrast between their riches and their stupidity... The belief in money as an incentive is founded on the observation that people will do for money what they will not do for anything else.
He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great. Failure is the true test of greatness.
Realizing that no simple formulas apply to everyone, we develop the courage to live a unique spiritual life, in our own idiosyncratic way. While archetypal patterns exist to guide seekers, in the West individuals can find their won way within these deeper patterns by honoring their unique backgrounds, temperaments, values and creative capacities... We commit ourselves to passionate action in the world, without becoming overly attached to the success or failure of our endeavors... In spiritual maturity, recognizing that such an attitude of indifference stems from a fear of life, we commit to our spouses, professions, and social action, developing compassion and equanimity through a balanced engagement with life.
He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.
To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.