An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


I have always felt that although someone may defeat me, and I strike out in a ball game, the pitcher on the particular day was the best player. But I know when I see him again, I'm going to be ready for his curve ball. Failure is a part of success. There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life. But failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.


Hank Aaron (1934-, American baseball player)


Unless you are willing to try, fail miserable, and try again, success won't happen.


Phillip Adams


Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen.


Phillip Adams


Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen.


Phillip Adams


Most success springs from an obstacle or failure.


Scott Adams (1957-, American cartoonist, "Dilbert")


The typical human life seems to be quite unplanned, undirected, unlived, and unsavored. Only those who consciously think about the adventure of living as a matter of making choices among options, which they have found for themselves, ever establish real self-control and live their lives fully.


Karl Albrecht (American management consultant, speaker, and author of business books)


They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.


Thomas B. Aldrich (1836-1907, American writer, editor)


If you're not failing, you're not trying anything.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


To win you've got to stay in the game.


Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951, American author of "The Magic Of Believing")


To win you've got to stay in the game.


Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951, American author of "The Magic Of Believing")


Failure is impossible.


Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


You win only if you aren't afraid to lose.


Rocky Aoki (1938-, Japanese businessman, who had a meteoric climb to success in both the business and sports worlds)


You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the next level of accomplishment.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Some of my best friends are illusions. Been sustaining me for years.


Sheila Ballantyne


We are all failures -- at least, all the best of us are.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


I wasn't afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure.


Anne Baxter (1923-1985, American actress)


It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes.


Anne Baxter (1923-1985, American actress)


Failure is usually the line of least persistence.


Wilfred Beaver


Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


Most people don't plan to fail, they fail to plan.


John L. Beckley


There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success.


Max Beerbohm (1872-1956, British actor)


At times failure is very necessary for the artist. It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism.


John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)


On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


To some people, the impossible is impossible.


Elizabeth Bibesco


A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.


Arthur Bloch


If your project doesn't work, look for the part that you didn't think was important.


Arthur Bloch


Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.


Louis E. Boone (American author)


Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it. We learn only from failure.


Kenneth Boulding


A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.


Rita Mae Brown (1944-, American writer)


Failure is an event, never a person.


William D. Brown


Failure is the tuition you pay for success.


Walter Brunell


Failure does not count. If you accept this, you'll be successful. What causes most people to fail is that after one failure, they'll stop trying.


Frank Burford


At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done -- then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.


Frances Hodgson Burnett


Those who try and fail are much wiser than those who never try for fear of failure.


Andre Bustanoby


Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


An error is simply a failure to adjust immediately from a preconception to an actuality.


John Cage (1912-1992, American composer)


What can any of us do with his talent but try to develop his vision, so that through frequent failures we may learn better what we have missed in the past.


William Carlos


If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try -- you don't take the risk.


Rosalynn Carter


You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried.


Rosalynn Carter


Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.


George Washington Carver (1864-1943, American scientist)


Mistakes and errors are the discipline through which we advance.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


The only people who never fail are those who never try.


Ilka Chase (1905-1978, American author, actor)


This struggle of people against their conditions, this is where you find the meaning in life.


Rose Chernin


Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Let us not be needlessly bitter; certain failures are sometimes fruitful.


E.M. Cioran


Great people are created by great mistakes that are learned from, not from great successes that are gloated upon.


Elmer Clark


You cannot explain failure any more than you can argue with success.


Richard J. Clarke


A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -- I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.


Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929, French statesman)


You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.


Edwin Louis Cole


If folks can learn to be racist, then they can learn to be anti racist. If being sexist ain't genetic, then, dad gum, people can learn about gender equality.


Johnnetta Betsch Cole


A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


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


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Oh! Much may be done by defying The ghosts of Despair and Dismay And much may be gained by relying On "Where there's a Will There's a Way."


Eliza Cook (1818-1889, British poet)


You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that? Come up with a smiling face, It's nothing against you to fall down flat. But to lie there -- that's a disgrace.


E. V. Cooke


To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.


Francis Crawford


Everything ultimately fails, for we die, and that is either the penultimate failure or our most enigmatical achievement.


Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977, American author, critic)


In order to succeed you must fail so you know what to do better the next time.


Anthony J. D'Angelo


The most important of my discoveries has been suggested to me by my failures.


Sir Humphrey Davy (1778-1829, British chemist)


Every failure teaches a man something if he will learn.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


No experiment is ever a complete failure. It can always be used as a bad example.


Paul Dickson


You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.


Walt Disney (1901-1966, American artist, film producer)


The English nation is never so great as in adversity.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


I have learned in the great University of Hard Knocks a philosophy that no woman who has had an easy life ever acquires. I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us.


Dorothy Dix (1861-1951, American columnist)


Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success.


Edward Dowden (1843-1913, Irish critic)


When nothing is sure, everything is possible.


Margaret Drabble (1939-, British novelist)


Adieu, my friends, I go on to glory!


Isadora Duncan (1878-1927, American dancer)


I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


I have tried 99 times and have failed, but on the 100th time came success.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction.


Charles J. Givens (1941-, American businessman, author, trainer)


No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.


William E. Gladstone (1809-1888, British liberal Prime Minister, statesman)


The effects of opposition are wonderful. There are men who rise refreshed on hearing of a threat, men to whom a crises, which intimidates and paralyzes the majority, comes as graceful and beloved as a bride!


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We must expect to fail... but fail in a learning posture, determined no to repeat the mistakes, and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process.


Ted W. Engstrom (American religion and social leader)


If I win several tournaments in a row, I get so confident I'm in a cloud. A loss gets me eager again.


Chris Evert (1954-, American tennis player)


All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.


William Faulkner (1897-1962, American novelist)


No man is a failure who is enjoying life.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


Failure really isn't terrible if you can say to yourself, hey, I know I'm gonna be successful at what I want to do someday. Failure doesn't become a big hangup then because it's only temporary. If failure is absolute, then it would be a disaster, but as long as it's only temporary you can just go and achieve almost anything.


Jerry Della Femina (American advertising executive)


If we were faultless, we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate.


Francois de Salignac Fenelon (1651-1715, French writer)


You've failed many times, although you don't remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim. .... Don't worry about failure. My suggestion to each of you: Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.


Sherman Finesilver


Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.


Ella Fitzgerald (1917-, American singer)


A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.


Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929, French field marshal)


Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


One who fears failure limits his activities.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


To try and fail is at least to learn. To fail to try is to suffer the loss of what might have been.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


And nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure all your life.


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


He's no failure. He's not dead yet.


William Lloyd George


It takes a lot more energy to fail than to succeed, since it takes a lot of concentrated energy to hold on to beliefs that don't work.


Jerry Gillies


Man must strive, and in striving, he must err.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivation, you're down the path of inactivity. You stumble only if you're moving.


Roberto Goizueta (American business executive, CEO of Coca-Cola)


The wisest person is not the one who has the fewest failures, but the one who turns failures to best account.


Richard R. Grant


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