Famous Quotes About Failure Leading to Success

48 Famous Quotes About Failure Leading to Success

Failure is often seen as a negative experience but is a valuable learning opportunity that can lead to success. Many famous figures from all walks of life have recognized the importance of failure and its role in achieving success. In this list, we’ve compiled 48 famous quotes about failure leading to success, along with their authors.

Famous Quotes About Failure Leading to Success

1. “Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.”

– Shah Rukh Khan

2. “I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

– Michael Jordan

3. “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”

– Buddha

4. “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.”

– Ellen DeGeneres

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5. “Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”

– Orison Swett Marden

6. “Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream.”

– Marlon Wayans

7. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

– Albert Schweitzer

8. “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

– Booker T. Washington

9. “Success is not a function of the size of your title but the richness of your contribution.”

– Robin Sharma

10. “Success is not about never falling down, but about getting up each time you fall.”

– Mark Cuban

11. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

– Robert Collier

12. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

– Bill Gates

13. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

– Sir Winston Churchill

14. “I’ve missed more than 9000 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.”

– Michael Jordan

15. “Success is not what you have, but who you are.”

– Bo Bennett

16. “Success is not the absence of failure, it’s the persistence through failure.”

– Aisha Tyler

17. “The only true failure is the failure to try, and the only measure of success is how we deal with disappointment.”

– Deborah Day

18. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

– Confucius

19. “Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.”

– Jon Sinclair

20. “Success is a journey, not a destination.”

– Ben Sweetland

21. “I have failed over and over again. That’s why I am successful.”

– Michael Jordan

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22. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

– Robert F. Kennedy

23. “Failures are the stepping stones to success.”

– Mary Kay Ash

24. “There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.”

– Robert Allen

25. “Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.”

– LeBron James

26. “Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.”

– Chinese proverb

27. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.”

– Elbert Hubbard

28. “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”

– C.S. Lewis

29. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

– Thomas Edison

30. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

– Thomas Edison

31. “The phoenix must burn to emerge.”

– Janet Fitch

32. “You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”

– Edwin Louis Cole

33. “I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.”

– Robert H. Schuller

34. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

– J.K. Rowling

35. “We learn from failure, not from success!”

– Bram Stoker

36. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

– Sir Ken Robinson

37. “There are no mistakes, only opportunities.”

– Tina Fey

38. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

39. “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.”

– Roy T. Bennett

40. “I failed my way to success.”

– Thomas Edison

41. “The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything – and it works.”

– William Strong

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42. “I have failed again and again throughout my life. That’s why I’ve been successful.”

– Michael Jordan

43. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

– Maya Angelou

44. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

– Vince Lombardi

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

– Michael Jordan

46. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

– Henry Ford

47. “The only true failure is the failure to learn from failure.”

– Unknown

48. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it’s the courage to continue that counts.”

– Winston Churchill


Success is not an overnight achievement but the result of consistent effort, perseverance, and resilience in the face of setbacks and failures. As we embark on our journeys towards success, it is important to remember that failure is not a permanent state but rather a temporary setback that can be overcome through hard work and determination.  

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