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The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist and short-story writer.

There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor; the unconquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when everyone else gives up, who pushes on when everyone else turns back.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American author and founder of Success magazine.


Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American author and founder of Success magazine.

He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) American writer.

He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) 1915-, American Dramatist

The world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.

The world is divided into two categories: failures and unknowns.

Francis Picabia (1878-1953) French painter, and poet.