Hi there, Here are my favorite quotes on failure.
See also video of Oprah’s commencement speech at Harvard for Class of 2013.
“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise — at some point, you are bound to stumble. Because if you’re constantly doing what we do — raising the bar — if you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher, the law of averages predicts that you will, at some point, fall. And when you do, I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
Oprah Winfrey Harvard Commencement Class of 2013
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas A. Edison
“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.”
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
”“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”
“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”
Oprah Winfrey’s commencement speech at Harvard for Class of 2013