Failure quotes challenge all of us never to 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.
Best Failure Quotes
1.) Losing’s a great motivator.
2.) I have failed many times, but I have never gone into a game expecting myself to fail.
Michael Jordan – More quotes from His Airness
3.) Every man’s got to figure to get beat sometimes.
4.) Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.
5.) Failure is your opportunity to revise your strategy.
6.) Don’t worry about failures; worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.
7.) Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
8.) Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
9.) Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.
Satchel Paige – More quotes from Satchel
10.) It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
11.) Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.
12.) Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
William A. Ward
13.) Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.
14.) There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
Famous Failures Video
Good Failure Quotes
15.) Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is a 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.
16.) 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.
17.) 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.
18.) Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
19.) 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.
Inspirational Sayings On Failure
20.) If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve to be successful!
21.) 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.
22.) A man may make mistakes, but he isn’t a failure until he starts blaming someone else.
23.) There are no free throws in life, even when you get fouled.
Deborah Miller Palmore
Best Failing Quotes
25.) If, at first, you don’t succeed, you are running about average.
26.) Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King
27.) 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
28.) Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
Larry Bird – More quotes from Larry the Legend
29.) It ain’t over till it’s over.
30.) A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.
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31.) You’re never a loser until you quit trying.
32.) You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Wayne Gretzky – More quotes from the Great One
33.) Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.
34.) 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.
35.) 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.
36.) 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
37.) 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.
38.) Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
Short Failure Quotes
39.) The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.
40.) A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
Billie Jean King
41.) Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
42.) When you win, say nothing; when you lose, say less.
43.) We always learn more from the losing than the winning.
44.) Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!
45.) Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
46.) What makes something special is not just what you have to gain but what you feel there is to lose.
47.) Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
Never Give Up Quotes
48.) 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.
49.) 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.
50.) 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.
Accepting Failure Sayings
51.) Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
52.) Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
53.) If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.
54.) Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding.
Jim Valvano – More quotes from Jimmy V
55.) You’re always going to survive the pain of loss. I can live with that confidence inside of me.
56.) You can’t win all the time. There are guys out there who are better than you.
57.) Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
Defeat and Failure Quotations
58.) 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.
59.) You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.
60.) The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.
61.) Avoiding failure is to avoid progress.
62.) Failure is success in progress.
63.) The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own.
64.) I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.
65.) I had a lot of times with Wales as well when we were getting beat – and beat 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.
66.) But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
67.) Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Vince Lombardi – More Vince Lombardi Quotes
68.) Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.
Failure Is Not An Option Quotes
69.) Giving up is the only sure way to fail.
70.) I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.
71.) One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be and how dangerous it is to trust them.
72.) Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
73.) Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
74.) I don’t believe in failure. It would not be a failure if you enjoyed the process.
75.) Failure is not a single cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
Picking Yourself Up
76.) A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are, for him, answers above all.
77.) In the business world today, failure is apparently not an option. We need to change this attitude toward failure – and celebrate the idea that only by falling on our collective business faces do we learn enough to succeed down the road.
78.) Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.
C. S. Lewis
79.) My past is everything I failed to be.
80.) Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.
81.) When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed, and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.
How to Use These Quotes
Sometimes a tough loss or setback makes great locker room bulletin board material. It can serve as motivation. Likewise, these quotations might help inspire you to bounce back quickly.
So, here are some ideas on where to use them:
- In emails to your team.
- Text your team captains.
- Signs and posters in the locker room and gym.
- In conversation with your team after a tough loss.
- At a team banquet.
We hope that helps. It’s not that you lose, but how you handle the loss.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.
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