There's no such thing as failure, there's only feedback, and it's what we do with that feedback that will ultimately determine how successful we will be.

When we fail we have three options: We can choose to quit, which is the only real failure; we can choose to ignore the feedback and try again, but this is flirting with madness because to do the same thing the same way over and over again expecting different results is a definition of madness; or we can learn from our failure, adapt our approach, and try again.

Every major success is built on a solid bedrock of previous failures. Here are 65 quotes to help inspire you to keep going and make those improvements to your approach that will ultimately lead you to success.

  1. "Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be." --John Wooden
  2. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." --Thomas Edison
  3. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." --Albert Einstein
  4. "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." --Winston Churchill
  5. "A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it." --Alexandre Dumas
  6. "Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." --Napoleon Hill
  7. "You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space." --Johnny Cash
  8. "It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts." --Zig Ziglar
  9. "Everything you want is on the other side of fear." --Jack Canfield
  10. "Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable." --Coco Chanel
  11. "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." --Robert F. Kennedy
  12. "The phoenix must burn to emerge." --Janet Fitch
  13. "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original." --Ken Robinson
  14. "An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots." --Charles F. Kettering
  15. "Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." --Oliver Goldsmith
  16. "Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure." --George Eliot
  17. "A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says that someone pushed him." --Elmer G. Letterman
  18. "You'll always miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." --Wayne Gretzky
  19. "A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them." --John C. Maxwell
  20. "There are no failures--just experiences and your reactions to them." --Tom Krause
  21. "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing." --George Bernard Shaw
  22. "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." --Ellen DeGeneres
  23. "It's failure that gives you the proper perspective on success." --Ellen DeGeneres
  24. "There is no failure except in no longer trying." --Chris Bradford
  25. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." --Thomas Edison
  26. "It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure." --Bill Gates
  27. "Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again." --Richard Branson
  28. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." --Winston Churchill
  29. "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." --Paulo Coelho
  30. "The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." --Mark Zuckerberg
  31. "No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who's always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don't exist." --Chris Hardwick
  32. "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." --Elbert Hubbard
  33. "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got." --James P. Lewis
  34. "Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever." --Lance Armstrong
  35. "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." --Winston Churchill
  36. "I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless." --Neal Shusterman
  37. "We are all failures--at least the best of us are." --J.M. Barrie
  38. "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." --Henry Ford
  39. "I think you have to try and fail, because failure gets you closer to what you're good at." --Louis C.K.
  40. "I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time, but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed." --Dolly Parton
  41. "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important." --Steve Jobs
  42. "Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can't go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else's success as your failure is a cancerous way to live." --Kevin Bacon
  43. "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." --Michael Jordan
  44. "Giving up is the only sure way to fail." --Gena Showalter
  45. "If you don't try at anything, you can't takes backbone to lead the life you want" --Richard Yates
  46. "Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. 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." --Denis Waitley
  47. "Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement." --C.S. Lewis
  48. "Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success." --Robert T. Kiyosaki
  49. "Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I've met people who don't want to try for fear of failing." --J.K. Rowling
  50. "A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." --James Joyce
  51. "Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself." --Charlie Chaplin
  52. "Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others." --Amelia Earhart
  53. "We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes--understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success." --Arianna Huffington
  54. "The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows." --Frederic William Farrar
  55. "You have to be able to accept failure to get better." --LeBron James
  56. "I don't want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about." --Emma Watson
  57. "Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out." --Benjamin Franklin
  58. "When I was young, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures. So I did 10 times more work." --George Bernard Shaw
  59. "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." --Henry Ford
  60. "With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die." --Criss Jami
  61. "My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure." --Abraham Lincoln
  62. "Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe." --Sumner Redstone
  63. "Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." --Mia Hamm
  64. "When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel." --Eloise Ristad
  65. "What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?" --John Green