Failure Quotes To Motivate and Inspire

Failure quotes challenge all of us to never accept defeat. Think of losses as part of the process. You seldom find anyone who wins all the time. To reach great heights, most victors have suffered a string of setbacks.

The secret to success lies in continuing to practice and keep going no matter how many times you have failed. The fear of failure should never deter you from trying again and again.

Hard work and motivation can help you turn defeats into successes. You should treat your setbacks as stepping stones to achieve greatness. These words of wisdom can help.

Quotes About Failure

Losing’s a great motivator.
Yogi Berra

I have failed many times, but I have never gone into a game expecting myself to fail.
Michael Jordan – More quotes from His Airness

Every man’s got to figure to get beat sometimes.
Joe Louis

Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.

Failure is your opportunity to revise your strategy.

Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.
Jack Canfield

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

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On Failing

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.
Satchel Paige – More quotes from Satchel 

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
Vince Lombardi

Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.
Brett Favre

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
William A. Ward

It’s always tough when you lose – you’ve worked so hard for that moment and it hasn’t gone the way you wanted. But you have to realize there’s always a bright side, you have to pick yourself up and get ready for the next game.
Maria Sharapova

If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!
Charles Barkley

When the archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim – improve yourself.
Gilbert Arland

A man may make mistakes, but he isn’t a failure until he starts blaming someone else.
John Wooden

There are no free throws in life, even when you get fouled.
Deborah Miller Palmore

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Trying Quotations

If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.
M.H. Alderson

Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King

The difference between a winner and a loser is many times, a matter of inches. If you think you can do it, most of the time you’ll do it.
Nancy Lieberman Cline

Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
Larry Bird – More quotes from Larry the Legend

It ain’t over till it’s over.
Yogi Berra

A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.
Jack Dempsey

Give Your Best

You’re never a loser until you quit trying.
Mike Ditka

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Wayne Gretzky – More quotes from the Great One

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.
Dean Karnazes

The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.
Eddie Resse

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

Winning does not always mean coming in first… the real victory is in arriving at the finish line with no regrets because you know you’ve gone all out.
Apolo Anton Ohno

There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and not look beyond the failure.
Kyle Rote, Jr.

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
Pat Riley

Satchel Paige quote on giving up


Trying Expressions

The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.
Ernie Banks

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
Billie Jean King

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
Ted Williams

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
Arnold Palmer

I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it’s a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there.
Sachin Tendulkar

Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.
Doug Williams

What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.
Andre Agassi

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
Babe Ruth

Never Give Up

When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.
Paul Brown

We always learn more from the losing than the winning.
Yani Tseng

Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!
Cameron Trammell

You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave–win or lose.
Gordie Howe

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Accepting Failure Sayings

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
Marv Levy

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Babe Ruth

If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.
Mark Spitz

Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding.
Jim Valvano – More quotes from Jimmy V

You’re always going to survive the pain of loss. I can live with that confidence inside of me.
Hope Solo

You can’t win all the time. There are guys out there who are better than you.
Yogi Berra

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
Earl Wilson

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Defeat and Failure Quotes

Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.
Ross Perot

You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.
Christy Mathewson

The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.
Sam Snead

Avoiding failure is to avoid progress.

Failure is success in progress.
Albert Einstein

The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own.
Bill Bradley

I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.
Tom Landry

I had a lot of times with Wales as well when we were getting beat – and beaten well – and you learn to deal with it. You learn that next time it happens, you roll your sleeves up and give everything for the team.
Gary Speed

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Ernest Hemingway

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Vince Lombardi – More Vince Lombardi Quotes

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

— Mike O’Halloran

Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.


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