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





Losses are comparative, imagination only makes them of any moment.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


The man who lives for himself is a failure. Even if he gains much wealth, position or fortune, he is still a failure. The man who lives for others has achieved true success. A rich man who consecrates his wealth and his position to the good of humanity is a success.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


There is often in people to whom "the worst" has happened an almost transcendent freedom, for they have faced "the worst" and survived it.


Carol Pearson


Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure. Problems... create our courage and wisdom.


M. Scott Peck (1936-, American psychiatrist, author)


Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.


H. Ross Perot (1930-, American businessman, founder of EDS)


The wise man realistically accepts as part of life and builds a philosophy to meet them and make the most of them. He lives on the principle of "nothing attempted, nothing gained" and is resolved that if he fails he is going to fail while trying to succeed.


Wilfred A. Peterson


What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


The world is divided into two categories: failures and unknowns.


Francis Picabia (1878-1953, French painter, poet)


Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching, I've learned from making mistakes.


Rick Pitino (1952-, American college basketball coach)


To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes, the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


Never to suffer would have been never to have been blessed.


Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845, American poet, critic, short-story writer)


We can never give up the belief that good guys always win. And that we are the good guys.


Faith Popcorn


If one does not fail at times, then one has not challenged himself.


Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951, German engineer, inventor of the Porsche (car))


The only real failure is the one from which we learn nothing.


John Powell


When I have listened to my mistakes, I have grown.


Hugh Prather


Take risks.You can't fall off the bottom.


Barbara Proctor


Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


You must act as if it is impossible to fail.


Ashanti Proverb (Sayings of Ashanti origin)


Everyone pushes a falling fence.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


If you want to perform a good jump, sometimes you need to start by taking a step back.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


If you stumble more than once over the same stump, you have no one to blame but yourself.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Put faith in your own abilities and not in the stars.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


A blustering night, a fair day follows.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


The sun shines brighter after a shower.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


One of the advantages of defeat in life -- maybe the main advantage -- is that it provides an excuse for change. Defeat... invariably leads to new adventures.


James Reston (1909-1995, Dutch-born American journalist)


If you're not big enough to lose, you're not big enough to win


Walter Reuther


Failure is not fatal; victory is not success.


Tony Richardson (1928-1991, British stage and film director)


Some defeats are only installments to victory.


Jacob Riis


If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach, but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect, we will immediately feel overwhelmed.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Defeat in doing right is nevertheless victory.


Frederick W. Robertson


In God's world, for those who are in earnest, there is no failure. No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken, no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain.


Frederick W. Robertson


Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.


Bayle Roche


Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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You always pass failure on the way to success.


Mickey Rooney (1920-, American actor)


All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses. Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another's failings; but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves. If at the end one can say, This man used to the limit the powers that God granted him; he was worthy of love and respect and of the sacrifices of many people, made in order that he might achieve what he deemed to be his task, then that life has been lived well and there are no regrets.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


Men do not fail; they give up trying.


Elihu Root (1845-1937, American statesman)


Failure doesn't mean that we are off the track to success. It merely forces us to take a detour to success.


Author Unknown


Failure is merely part of the process necessary for success.


Author Unknown


Failure is not sweet, but it need not be bitter.


Author Unknown


Failure is not the worst thing in the world -- the very worst is not to try.


Author Unknown


Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.


Babe Ruth (1895-1948, American baseball player)


What do I think about when I strike out? I think about hitting home


Babe Ruth (1895-1948, American baseball player)


Failures are divided into two classes -- those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.


John Charles Salak


The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


Disappointments are to the soul what the thunderstorm is to the air.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


I know there will be spring, as surely as the birds know it when they see above the snow two tiny, quivering green leaves. Spring cannot fail us.


Olive Schreiner


Failure doesn't mean you are a just means you haven't succeeded yet.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


Turn your scars into stars.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.


Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963, Indian physician, sage)


There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.


Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963, Indian physician, sage)


There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.


Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963, Indian physician, sage)


A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.


B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner (1904-1990, American psychologist)


We learn from failure much more than from success; we often discover what we will do by finding our what we will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


The word fate... is the refuge of every self-confessed failure.


Andrew Soutar


Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus.


Bishop Robert South (1634-1716, British clergyman)


The only thing ever achieved in life without effort is failure.


St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226,  Italian preacher, founder of The Franciscan Orde)


It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders.


Ben Stein (1944-, American professor, writer)


If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you had tried to do nothing and succeeded. You must never regret what might have been. The past that did not happen is as hidden from us as the future we cannot see.


Richard Martin Stern


Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.


W. Clement Stone (1902-2002, American businessman, author, founder of Combined Insurance Companies)


Why is it so painful to watch a person sink? Because there is something unnatural in it, for nature demands personal progress, evolution, and every backward step means wasted energy.


August J. Strindberg (1849-1912, Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet)


The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything -- and it works.


William Strong


Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it's all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you're willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you're willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you've got the potential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces.


Joseph Sugarman (American businessman)


The man who fails because he aims astray or because he does not aim at all is to be found everywhere.


Frank Swinnerton


I cannot give the formula for success, but I can give you the formula of failure -- which is try to please everybody.


Herbert B. Swope (1882-1958, American journalist)


Never face facts; if you do you'll never get up in the morning.


Marlo Thomas


There are two kinds of failures: The man who will do nothing he is told, and the man who will do nothing else.


Dr. Perle Thompson


It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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Not all who seem to fail have failed indeed. Not all who fail have therefore worked in vain. There is no failure for the good and brave.


Archbishop Trench


The ladder of life is full of splinters, but they always prick the hardest when we're sliding down.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A hard fall means a high bounce... if you're made of the right material.


Author Unknown


A mistake is not a failure, but evidence that someone tried to do something.


Author Unknown


Be a "how" thinker, not an "if" thinker.


Author Unknown


Even a tombstone says good things about a fellow who's down.


Author Unknown


Every person who has become successful has simply formed the habit of doing things that failures dislike doing and will not do.


Author Unknown


From time to time, life as a leader can look hopeless. To help you, consider a man who lived through this: Failed in business at age 31. Defeated for the legislature at 32. Again failed in business at 34. Sweetheart died at 35. Had a nervous breakdown at 36. Defeated in election at 38. Defeated for Congress at 43. Defeated for Congress at 46. Defeated for Congress at 48. Defeated for Senate at 55. Defeated for Vice President at 56. Defeated for Senate at 58. Elected President at age 60. This man was Abraham Lincoln.


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He who forecasts all perils will never sail the sea.


Author Unknown


If you are bitten by a snake, what's the best thing to do? Remain calm, separate the poison from the rest of your body, suck the poison out. Worst thing to do: get upset, chase and kill snake. Same when someone strikes out at you verbally. Remain calm, don't try to strike back at the other person. Don't let the poison spread throughout your system.


Author Unknown


If you've never failed you've never tried.


Author Unknown


Just because you've lost doesn't necessarily mean you've failed.


Author Unknown


Past failures are guideposts to success.


Author Unknown


People don't fail, they give up


Author Unknown


People who are afraid to fail can never experience the joys of success.


Author Unknown


Remember that your failures are the seeds of your most glorious successes. Be sad if you must, but don't despair.


Author Unknown


Silicon Valley is a graveyard. Failure is Silicon Valley's greatest strength.


Author Unknown


Success is the proper utilization of failure.


Author Unknown


The glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fall.


Author Unknown


There are no failures in life, only those who give up too soon.


Author Unknown


There is no such thing as accidental failure. All failure is at least half imposed.


Author Unknown


To lose is to learn.


Author Unknown


To reprove small faults with due vehemence is as absurd as if a man should take a great hammer to kill a fly on his friend's forehead.


Author Unknown


Use failures as stepping-stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement.


Author Unknown


When someone is going downhill everyone likes to give them a kick.


Author Unknown


When you fall, don't get up empty handed


Author Unknown


When you stand at the edge of the cliff, jump to fly, not to fall.


Author Unknown


You can always tell who the pioneers are because they have arrows in their back and are lying face down in the dirt.


Author Unknown


You can fail so very often. But you are not a failure until you give up.


Author Unknown


Your failures won't hurt you until you start blaming them on others.


Author Unknown


You're on the road to success when you realize that failure is only a detour.


Author Unknown


Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Some of my fondest memories in sports were a result of failure, injuries, setbacks, and mistakes. I learned far more about myself and gained more character in those difficult times than I ever did when success came early.


Peter Vidmar


Time bears away all things.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


In the end, the only people who fail are those who do not try.


David Viscott (1938-, American author, speaker, trainer)


To fail is a natural consequence of trying, To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds. To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do, is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your enthusiasm for trying again.


David Viscott (1938-, American author, speaker, trainer)


Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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The only true failure lies in failure to start.


Harold Blake Walker


You can give in to the failure messages and be a bitter deadbeat of excuses. Or you can choose to be happy and positive and excited about life.


A.L. Williams (American football coach, businessman, author, speaker)


Failure is delay, but not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.


William A. Ward


He who serves God with what costs him nothing, will do very little service, you may depend on it.


Susan Warner


Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


The greatest failure is a person who never admits that he can be a failure.


Gerald. N. Weiskott


Many men fail because they quit too soon. They lose faith when the signs are against them. They do not have the courage to hold on, to keep fighting in spite of that which seems insurmountable. If more of us would strike out and attempt the "impossible," we very soon would find the truth of that old saying that nothing is impossible... abolish fear and you can accomplish anything you wish.


Dr. C. E. Welch (American businessman, founder of Welch's Grape Juice)


He only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts.


Richard Whately (1787-1863, British prelate, writer)


Every failure is a step to success.


William Whewell (1794-1866, British scholar)


When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.


Hugh White


Thought is born of failure.


Lancelot Law Whyte (1896-1972, Scottish physicist)


Misfortunes one can endure -- they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults -- Ah! there is the sting of life.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


That's the advantage of having lived sixty-five years. You don't feel the need to be impatient any longer.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


If all this happened to you what paradigm might you develop? How might that paradigm affect you in terms of your life from that point on? What does this tell you about Abe? There are no failures, only lessons to be learned.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.


Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952, Indian spiritual author, lecturer)


Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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