I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot . . . and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why … I succeed.
—Michael Jordan (b. 1963), American basketball player
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
—Henry Ford (1863–1947), founder of the Ford Motor Company
Failure is success if we learn from it.
—Malcom S. Forbes (1919–1990), publisher of Forbes magazine
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.
—Napoleon Hill (1883–1970), American author and pioneer of the personal-success genre
Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved.
—Lao Tzu (sixth-century BC), Chinese philosopher
I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
—Tony Robbins (b. 1960), American author and speaker