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Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.

Edward Paul Abbey

The chief executive who knows his strengths and weaknesses as a leader is likely to be far more effective than the one who remains blind to them. He also is on the road to humility - that priceless attitude of openness to life that can help a manager absorb mistakes, failures or personal shortcomings.

John Adair

Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the all - redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim of life. The hair - raising revelations of skullduggery and grand - scale thievery merely incite others to surpass by yet bolder outrages and more corrupt combinations.

Charles Francis Adams II

The worst of failure of this kind is that it spoils the market for more competent performers.

James Agate

We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.

Amos Bronson Alcott

The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.

Nelson Algren

The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did - which was to hide.

James Baldwin

We are all failures - at least, all the best of us are.

J. M. Barrie

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

The world is made of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.

Jacob Bronowski

The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins.

Heywood Broun

Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.


Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end result of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay.

Eric Hoffer

The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.

Elbert Hubbard

There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.

Thomas Henry Huxley

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self - complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter.

W. Somerset Maugham

Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses.

Rosalind Russell

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - which is: Try to please everybody.

Herbert B. Swope