Failure--The Ultimate Quotation Collection

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Failure—The Ultimate Quotation Collection


21 Page Essay—How to Effectively Use Quotations in Your Classroom ©

83 Page Quotation Collection on Failure

This 83 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on Failure. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of Failure, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.

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Sample Quotes on Failure:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who fails to plan, plans to fail.

—Benjamin Franklin

When a child learns to walk and falls down 50 times, he never thinks to himself: ‘Maybe this isn’t for me.’


Failure is an event—not a person.

--Zig Ziglar

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

--Chinese Proverb

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal

mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.

—Al Franken

To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace.


Failure is the path of least persistence.

—Abraham Lincoln

I avoid doing things, because if I do not do them, I can’t be said to fail at them.

--Sylvia Plath

You can never make the same mistake twice because the second time you make it, it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice.

—Steven Denn

Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to rise above them.

—Ryan Ferreras

I’ve had the blessings of good parenting and an education from one of the most prestigious universities in the world. And yet, my most important lessons have come from pain, disappointment, mistakes, heartbreak, and loss. It’s when I’ve been at my worst that I’ve been served the best.

—Ruben Navarrette

As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.

Steve Maraboli

Never be defined by your past. It was a lesson, not a life sentence.

Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player.

—Jill Shalvis

Success is a pile of failure. You’re just standing on top of it and not underneath it.

—Dave Ramsey

Would you like me to give you a formula for…success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure... You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all... You can be discouraged by failure--or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success. On the far side.

—Thomas John Watson, Sr.

I will not allow my mistakes of the past compromise my hope for the future.

—Charles F. Glassman

If Plan A didn’t work, don’t worry, the alphabet has 25 more letters.

—Heidi McDonald

I’ve learned so much from my mistakes…I’m thinking of making a few more.

—Cheryl Cole

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