83 Failure Quotes That Help You Get Back Up When You Fall

Failure

Failure is not falling down, it's only when you refuse to get back up that it's considered a failure. The journey to success is marked with many failures along the way. You will fall many times and be faced with the decision to either remain down or get up.

If you fear to fail, you will never be able to succeed. You will instead focus on this fear instead of focusing on what you want. The fear of failure makes you never have the courage to start. You do not go after what you want because you are scared that you will fail.

You are scared that your business may not pick up or maybe you are scared of being mocked by people who do not understand your dream. If you fear to start, you will never start. And you have heard that it's better to try and fail than to never try at all.

Failure is going to teach you more things than success ever could. You learn to lift yourself back up, to believe in yourself, to be strong and resilient, to have patience, etc. Each fall is a lesson that you should take with you in the next stage.

At the end, you will be looking back at the lessons and not seeing any failures because you made it. No matter how many times you fall, always get back up. Every successsful person fell many times before they could get to their destination.

Just listen to their stories of success or read their quotes of failure like the ones in this collection. They all remind us that success is not a staight line but one filled with dents that we should learn to navigate. So if you have fallen, get back up. It's not over until your dreams are your reality!

Failure Quotes

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I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you're young. I learned a lot out of that. Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid. I’ve never had the feeling I couldn’t walk out and get a job doing something.

I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young. I learned a lot out of that. Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid. I’ve never had the feeling I couldn’t walk out and get a job doing something.

Life has knocked me down a few times, it showed me things I never wanted to see. I experienced sadness and failures. But one thing for sure, I always get up.

Life has knocked me down a few times, it showed me things I never wanted to see. I experienced sadness and failures. But one thing

Forgive yourself your failures, but resume. Fall down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start over again. One teacher liked to say 'Fall down nine times, get up ten.' Start over.

Forgive yourself your failures, but resume. Fall down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start over again. One teacher liked to say ‘Fall down

Let go of your mistakes and failures. You can't do anything about the past, but you can do something about right now.

Let go of your mistakes and failures. You can’t do anything about the past, but you can do something about right now.

Stanley was right. I never hit another home run. I struck out most of the time. But they always remembered that home run and while they still hated me, it was a better kind of hatred, like they weren’t quite sure why.

Stanley was right. I never hit another home run. I struck out most of the time. But they always remembered that home run and while they still hated me, it was a better kind of hatred, like they weren’t quite sure why.

Hell, I'd even failed with women. Three wives. Nothing really wrong each time. It all got destroyed by petty bickering. Railing about nothing. Getting pissed-off over anything and everything. Day by day, year by year, grinding. Instead of helping each other you just sliced away, picked at this or that. Goading. Endless goading. It became a cheap contest. And once you got into it, it became habitual. You couldn't seem to get out. You almost didn't want to get out. And then you did get out. All the way.

Hell, I’d even failed with women. Three wives. Nothing really wrong each time. It all got destroyed by petty bickering. Railing about nothing. Getting pissed-off over anything and everything. Day by day, year by year, grinding. Instead of helping each other you just sliced away, picked at this or that. Goading. Endless goading. It became a cheap contest. And once you got into it, it became habitual. You couldn’t seem to get out. You almost didn’t want to get out. And then you did get out. All the way.

sitting here watching the second hand on the TIMEX go around and around... this will hardly be a night to remember sitting here searching for blackheads on the back of my neck as other men enter the sheets with dolls of flame I look into myself and find perfect emptiness. I am out of cigarettes and don't even have a gun to point. this writer's block is my only possession. the second hand on the TIMEX still goes around and around... I always wanted to be a writer now I'm one who can't. might as well go downstairs and watch late night tv with the wife she'll ask me how it went I'll wave a hand nonchalantly settle down next to her and watch the glass people fail as I have failed. I'm going to walk down the stairway now what a sight: an empty man being careful not to trip and bang his empty head.

sitting here watching the second hand on the TIMEX go
around and
around…
this will hardly be a night to remember
sitting here searching for blackheads on the back of my neck
as other men enter the sheets with dolls of flame
I look into myself and find perfect emptiness.
I am out of cigarettes and don’t even have a gun to point.
this writer’s block is my only possession.
the second hand on the TIMEX still goes around and around…
I always wanted to be a writer
now I’m one who can’t.

might as well go downstairs and watch late night tv with the wife
she’ll ask me how it went
I’ll wave a hand nonchalantly
settle down next to her
and watch the glass people fail
as I have failed.

I’m going to walk down the stairway now

what a sight:

an empty man being careful not to trip and bang his empty head.

Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it's dead. But we're allowed to learn from our mistakes and from our failures. And that's how I learn, by falling flat on my face and picking myself up and starting all over again.

Human beings are the only creatures who are allowed to fail. If an ant fails, it’s dead. But we’re allowed to learn from our mistakes and from our failures. And that’s how I learn, by falling flat on my face and picking myself up and starting all over again.

We thought surely you would join us for the New Year's banquet, but you failed to do so. Such a shame. Akito was especially distressed by your absence. You would do well return to Akito's side before you cause any irreparable harm.

We thought surely you would join us for the New Year’s banquet, but you failed to do so. Such a shame. Akito was especially distressed

I'm the one who owes you an apology. I'm the one who failed to protect you. Thank you for everything, Kana. It's alright now. It's over. You don't have to suffer anymore. God, please let her meet someone better than me. Someone who can give her the happiness she deserves. I'll do anything. I'll be snow in a world without spring. Frozen until the day I die. Just please... Please.

I’m the one who owes you an apology. I’m the one who failed to protect you. Thank you for everything, Kana. It’s alright now. It’s

Let old memories and failures slip away and embrace the new month with a smile and appreciation. Dream new dreams, set new goals, and aim a little higher.

Let old memories and failures slip away and embrace the new month with a smile and appreciation. Dream new dreams, set new goals, and aim a little higher.

“I am not a complete person — I’m a stunted city person. I am more or less a failed drizzling shit with absolutely nothing to offer.” “Christ,” she said, “don’t you think I know that?”

“I am not a complete person — I’m a stunted city person. I am more or less a failed drizzling shit with absolutely nothing to offer.”
“Christ,” she said, “don’t you think I know that?”

I once had a competition with adjectives, and I won, because adjectives failed to give me a word that described how much you mean to me. I love you more than words could ever describe.

I once had a competition with adjectives, and I won, because adjectives failed to give me a word that described how much you mean to me. I love you more than words could ever describe.

J. K. Rowling was on welfare when she wrote the first Harry Potter book and has stated that she considered herself “the biggest failure I knew,” but this didn’t stop her.

J. K. Rowling was on welfare when she wrote the first Harry Potter book and has stated that she considered herself “the biggest failure I knew,” but this didn’t stop her.

The trouble with those of us who fail to achieve what we desire, is not that we lack the ability to do so, but that we lack the faith implicit in the “Let Go And Let God” principle, which dictates whatever is necessary for us to reach our goal will indeed occur.

The trouble with those of us who fail to achieve what we desire, is not that we lack the ability to do so, but that we lack the faith implicit in the “Let Go And Let God” principle, which dictates whatever is necessary for us to reach our goal will indeed occur.

Front Three: The Progress Reports: We're going to hack into the faculty computer network and use their grading database to send out letters to Kevin et al.'s families saying that they are failing some of their classes.

Front Three: The Progress Reports: We’re going to hack into the faculty computer network and use their grading database to send out letters to Kevin et al.’s families saying that they are failing some of their classes.

It was the central moment of Alaska’s life. When she cried and told me that she fucked everything up, I knew what she meant now. And when she said she failed everyone, I know whom she meant. It was the everything and the everyone of her life.

It was the central moment of Alaska’s life. When she cried and told me that she fucked everything up, I knew what she meant now. And when she said she failed everyone, I know whom she meant. It was the everything and the everyone of her life.

Yeah, Pudge is adorable / but you want incorrigible / so Jake is more endurable / 'cause he's so - damn. Damn. I almost had four rhymes on adorable. But all I could think of was unfloorable, which isn't even a word.

Yeah, Pudge is adorable / but you want incorrigible / so Jake is more endurable / ’cause he’s so – damn. Damn. I almost had four rhymes on adorable. But all I could think of was unfloorable, which isn’t even a word.

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 have failed by default.

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 have failed by default.

It was a sickness: this great interest in a medium that relentlessly and consistently failed, time after time after time, to produce anything at all. People became so used to seeing shit on film that they no longer realized it was shit.

It was a sickness: this great interest in a medium that relentlessly and consistently failed, time after time after time, to produce anything at all. People became so used to seeing shit on film that they no longer realized it was shit.

I know success or failure in my life or ministry does not depend on my own skill or even on external circumstances, it depends only on my faithfulness. God will give me the gifts necessary to do whatever He calls me to do, and He will not be hindered in His work by circumstances.

I know success or failure in my life or ministry does not depend on my own skill or even on external circumstances, it depends only on my faithfulness. God will give me the gifts necessary to do whatever He calls me to do, and He will not be hindered in His work by circumstances.

Over commitment in business is usually due to a lack of faith, which results in fear – specifically, the fear of failure. But if we really believe God is in control, then we also should believe He’s able to make us successful while we are keeping our lives in balance.

Over commitment in business is usually due to a lack of faith, which results in fear – specifically, the fear of failure. But if we really believe God is in control, then we also should believe He’s able to make us successful while we are keeping our lives in balance.

Don’t worry about failing, because you’re going to fail… probably quite often. Failing is an important part of learning. Many of the greatest lessons you’ll receive in life are going to come from your failures.

Don’t worry about failing, because you’re going to fail… probably quite often. Failing is an important part of learning. Many of the greatest lessons you’ll receive in life are going to come from your failures.

Nothing’s a failure, it’s just not supposed to work out that way because something better is supposed to come along.

Nothing’s a failure, it’s just not supposed to work out that way because something better is supposed to come along.

If at first you fail, try again. Start again with a new perspective, a new approach. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in the process.

If at first you fail, try again. Start again with a new perspective, a new approach. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in the process.

Quite often very talented people FAIL because they believe they are too big to do the little things, while the most successful amongst us are quite willing to do the little things. They truly are BIG people.

Quite often very talented people FAIL because they believe they are too big to do the little things, while the most successful amongst us are quite willing to do the little things. They truly are BIG people.

Ritsu Sohma: I’m a complete failure. At everything I do, I’m absolutely worthless. I know this, and yet I continue to burden the human race with my presence. Every day I rob the world of valuable air by breathing. I’m a thief, and I hate myself for it. I don’t deserve to exist. But even though I know it’s the right thing to do, I’m such a useless coward. I don’t even have the courage to jump! Tohru Honda: No, don’t! Don’t jump! It’s okay that you don’t have that kind of courage. The important thing is you’re alive. And life hurts sometimes and sometimes it can be hard, but it won’t always be that way. There’s gotta be a reason for you to live.

Ritsu Sohma: I’m a complete failure. At everything I do, I’m absolutely worthless. I know this, and yet I continue to burden the human race with my presence. Every day I rob the world of valuable air by breathing. I’m a thief, and I hate myself for it. I don’t deserve to exist. But even though I know it’s the right thing to do, I’m such a useless coward. I don’t even have the courage to jump!
Tohru Honda: No, don’t! Don’t jump! It’s okay that you don’t have that kind of courage. The important thing is you’re alive. And life hurts sometimes and sometimes it can be hard, but it won’t always be that way. There’s gotta be a reason for you to live.

The white sheep will not walk one by one, slowly counted, over green lawns through the gap in the hedge. You can count the stars in the dark pond up to twenty but no further without rebellion. The nursery-taught methods of courting sleep fail one by one.

The white sheep will not walk one by one, slowly counted, over green lawns through the gap in the hedge. You can count the stars in the dark pond up to twenty but no further without rebellion. The nursery-taught methods of courting sleep fail one by one.

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.

So we gave up. I’d finally had enough of chasing after a ghost who did not want to be discovered. We’d failed, maybe, but some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved.

So we gave up. I’d finally had enough of chasing after a ghost who did not want to be discovered. We’d failed, maybe, but some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved.

Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us.

Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us.

"I'm the eldest!" Sophie shrieked. "I'm a failure!" "Garbage!" Howl shouted. "You just never stop to think!"

“I’m the eldest!” Sophie shrieked. “I’m a failure!”
“Garbage!” Howl shouted. “You just never stop to think!”

There was a time when everyone seemed to be telling me [that Sophie is under a spell]. Even Calcifer did—when I asked him. But do you honestly think I don’t know my own business well enough not to spot a strong spell like that when I see it? I had several goes at taking it off you when you weren’t looking. But nothing seems to work. I took you to Mrs. Pentstemmon, hoping she could do something, but she evidently couldn’t. I came to the conclusion that you liked being in disguise.

There was a time when everyone seemed to be telling me [that Sophie is under a spell]. Even Calcifer did—when I asked him. But do you honestly think I don’t know my own business well enough not to spot a strong spell like that when I see it? I had several goes at taking it off you when you weren’t looking. But nothing seems to work. I took you to Mrs. Pentstemmon, hoping she could do something, but she evidently couldn’t. I came to the conclusion that you liked being in disguise.

All of it has made me grateful. The high points. The low points. The good fortunes. The lessons learned. The failures and setbacks that have occurred. The retorts. Everything.

All of it has made me grateful. The high points. The low points. The good fortunes. The lessons learned. The failures and setbacks that have occurred. The retorts. Everything.

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