Though the idea of failing may seem daunting, perseverance is a key step in our pursuit of success. These 35 quotes about perseverance will inspire you to see failure in a different light.

1. “Failure is success in progress.”
– Albert Einstein

2. “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

3. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
– Bill Gates

4. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”
– Colin Powell

5. “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”
– C. S. Lewis

6. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”
– Dale Carnegie

7. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
– Elbert Hubbard

8. “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”
– Eloise Ristad

9. “If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

10. “In any case, you must not confuse a single failure with a final defeat.“
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

11. “Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
– George Eliot

12. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
– George Bernard Shaw

13. “Success is measured by how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
– George S. Patton

14. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
– James Cameron

15. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
– J. K. Rowling

16. “It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience.”
– Lupita Nyong’o

17. “Failure is success if we learn from it.”
– Malcolm Forbes

18. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
– Mark Zuckerberg

19. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
– Maya Angelou

20. “You always pass failure on your way to success.”
– Mickey Rooney

21. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
– Muhammad Ali

22. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
– Napoleon Hill

23. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Nelson Mandela

24. “All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.”
– Nikola Tesla

25. “Most great people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”
– Napoleon Hill

26. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Oliver Goldsmith

27. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
– Oscar Wilde

28. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

29. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures; learn from them and start again.”
– Richard Branson

30. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
– Robert F. Kennedy

31. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.”
– Thomas A. Edison

32. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are 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 will find success.”
– Thomas J. Watson

33. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour.”
– Truman Capote

34. “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”
– William Arthur Ward

35. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill


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