Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Success and failure are equally disastrous.
No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
It would be great to be able to pass on to someone all of the successes, the failures, and the knowledge that one has had. To help someone, avoid all the fire, pain and anxiety would be wonderful.
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.
Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.
Success is 99 percent failure.
It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
Failure is simply the non-presence of success. But a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions.
As kids we're not taught how to deal with success; we're taught how to deal with failure. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. If at first you succeed, then what?
All I can do will only ever be a faint image of what I see and my success will always be less than my failure or perhaps equal to the failure.
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.
So nevertheless, what I'm saying is that what one is - one's parameters are constantly narrowed by one's success, and my desire is to widen my field even if I risk failure.
I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.
The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider - and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation -.
Never treat anything you do as a stepping stone. Do it fully, and follow it completely.
Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.