Fail: (flounder...disappoint...lose... )

A lot of successful people are risk-takers. Unless you're willing to do that… to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen. --- Phillip Adams 1939

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success. --- Dorothea Brande

Austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the least of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irreversibly greater with time. --- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 1749

But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, and, baffled, get up and begin again. --- Robert Browning 1812

Conformity is one of the most fundamental dishonesties of all. When we reject our specialness, water down our God-given individuality and uniqueness, we begin to lose our freedom. The conformist is in on way a free man. He has to follow the herd. --- Norman Vincent Peale 1898

Do not go gentle into the good night. Old age should burn and rage at close of day. --- Dylan Thomas 1914

Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. --- Saint Francis De Sales 1567

Do not take drugs because they demand periodic doses and your heart will crave them. You will also lose money. Even for medical purposes do not take drugs if you can find a different medicine that will help. (commentary on the Talmud) --- Samuel ben Meir 1085

Don't be discouraged by failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid. --- John Keats

Even the happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. --- Carl Jung 1875

Failure is not fatal. Failure should be our teacher, nor our undertaker. It should challenge us to new heights of accomplishments, not pull us to new depths of despair. From honest failure can come valuable experience. --- William Arthur Ward

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently --- Henry Ford 1863

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. --- Theodore Roosevelt 1858

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. --- George Sand 1804

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure which is: try to please everybody. --- Herbert Bayard Swope 1882

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. --- Soren Kierkegaard 1813

If thou follow thy star, thou canst hot fail of glorious haven. --- Dante Alighieri 1265

If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. --- Mary Pickford 1893

If you made mistakes.. there is always another chance for you… you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down. --- Mary Pickford 1893

In the long run, you hit only what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high. --- Henry David Thoreau 1817

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. --- Franklin D Roosevelt 1882

Kindness makes the difference between passion and caring. Kindness is tenderness, kindness is love, perhaps greater than love .... kindness is goodwill, kindness says "I want you to be happy." Kindness comes very close to the benevolence of God. --- Randolph Ray

Lose an hour in the morning and you will be all day hunting for it. --- Richard Whately 1787

Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success. --- Dr. Rob Gilbert

Man cannot discover new oceans until he has courage to lose sight of the shore. --- Anon xxxx

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. --- Thomas A Edison 1847

Men are born to succeed, not to fail. --- Henry David Thoreau 1817

Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect. --- Marcus Aurelius 121

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. --- Calvin Coolidge 1872

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