— Tom Watson American businessman 1874 - 1956
Attributed to Watson in: Roger von Oech (1982), A Whack on the Side of the Head and Industrial participation (1987) Nr 594-603. p. 262.
— Tom Watson American businessman 1874 - 1956
— Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist 1937
— LeBron James American basketball player 1984
— Dan Quayle American politician, lawyer 1947
Attributed, Attributed to a speech in Phoenix, Arizona to the Phoenix Republican Forum (23 March 1990), quoted in Esquire (August 1992)
„Play around. Dive into absurdity and write. Take chances. You will succeed if you are fearless of failure.“
— Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
„Please don’t nag yourself with thoughts of failure. Do not set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. Simply do what you can do, in the best way you know, and the Lord will accept of your effort.“
— Gordon B. Hinckley President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1910 - 2008
Rise to the Stature of the Divine within You, Ensign, Nov 1989, 94.
— Og Mandino American author 1923 - 1996
„You are responsible for all of your successes, and the lack thereof. And that is the essential point that failure, your ever-faithful friend, wants to make: that your failure could not exist without you—without your stupidity, without your lies, without your mistakes, your uselessness, your lack of faith, your ineptitude, your unjustifiable confidence in your alleged abilities, you stupid loser—failure is your only friend. Failure is your only lover. Failure is your only hope.“
— John S. Hall Poet, author, singer, lawyer 1960
Lyrics, Failure (1998), "Failure"
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, livro Fooled by Randomness
Fooled by Randomness (2001)
„…we like somebody who succeeds with such bad conscience, and who seems to wish that he had the nerve to be a failure or, better still, something to which the terms success and failure don’t apply—as when Mallory said, about Everest: “Success is meaningless here.”“
— Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965
Kipling, Auden & Co: Essays and Reviews 1935-1964 (1980), “ ‘Very Graceful Are the Uses of Culture’ ”, p. 206
„It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.“
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 a.C.
„Then your charitable speeches may find vent; then you may remember and pity the toil and the struggle and the failure; then you may give due honour to the work achieved; then you may find extenuation for errors, and may consent to bury them.“
— George Eliot, livro The Lifted Veil
Context: I wish to use my last hours of ease and strength in telling the strange story of my experience. I have never fully unbosomed myself to any human being; I have never been encouraged to trust much in the sympathy of my fellow-men. But we have all a chance of meeting with some pity, some tenderness, some charity, when we are dead: it is the living only who cannot be forgiven — the living only from whom men's indulgence and reverence are held off, like the rain by the hard east wind. While the heart beats, bruise it — it is your only opportunity; while the eye can still turn towards you with moist, timid entreaty, freeze it with an icy unanswering gaze; while the ear, that delicate messenger to the inmost sanctuary of the soul, can still take in the tones of kindness, put it off with hard civility, or sneering compliment, or envious affectation of indifference; while the creative brain can still throb with the sense of injustice, with the yearning for brotherly recognition — make haste — oppress it with your ill-considered judgements, your trivial comparisons, your careless misrepresentations. The heart will by and by be still — "ubi saeva indignatio ulterius cor lacerare nequit" the eye will cease to entreat; the ear will be deaf; the brain will have ceased from all wants as well as from all work. Then your charitable speeches may find vent; then you may remember and pity the toil and the struggle and the failure; then you may give due honour to the work achieved; then you may find extenuation for errors, and may consent to bury them. The Lifted Veil (1859); Eliot here quotes the Latin epitaph of Jonathan Swift, translated as "Where savage indignation can lacerate his heart no more" · The Lifted Veil online at Wikisource
— Cory Doctorow, livro Pirate Cinema
„Some things fail and others succeed. Well, then you get quite desperate, and you think: 'I am going to work and work and I'm not going to have any failures.' But then you find out that failures are inevitable; you can't even draw a straight line, you know that.“
— Agnes Martin American artist 1912 - 2004
1980 - 2000, as quoted in A House Divided: American Art Since 1955, Anne M. G. Wagner, Univ. of California Press 2012, p. 205 - note 8
— John Wooden, Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organizaion
„Is the proposed operation likely to succeed?
What might be the consequences of failure?
Is it in the realm of practicability in terms of matériel and supplies?“
— Chester W. Nimitz United States Navy fleet admiral 1885 - 1966
"Three favorite rules of thumb" Nimitz had printed on a card he kept on his desk, as quoted in LIFE magazine (10 July 1944)
„Your failures and your faults, they stick with you. They glob into ugly, cancerous growths inside you and make you want to die.“
— Julie Anne Peters, By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
„Revolt against a tyrant is legitimate; it can succeed. Revolt against human nature is doomed to failure.“
— André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967
Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Loving