Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is
readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.
Newell D. Hillis
They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often
discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.
I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be
among the best.
It is foolish to fear what you cannot avoid.
Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes.
He that is down needs fear no fall.
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
George Herman “Babe” Ruth
One who fears failure limits his activities.
Failure is only the opportunity to more
intelligently begin again.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid
you will make one.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds
rise above them.
Our greatest glory consist not in never falling, but in rising every time
Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape
within the problems.
Nelson A. Rockefeller
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent van Gogh
The greatest men sometimes overshoot themselves, but then their
very mistakes are so many lessons of instruction.
Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.
James A. Froude
It is the want of diligence, rather than the want of means, that causes
A man’s life is interesting primarily when he has failed–I well know.
For it’s a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
There is no impossibility to him who stands prepared to conquer
The fearful are the failing.
Sarah J. Hale
Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air.
Johann C. F. von Schiller
Failure teaches success.
Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work
before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s
duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope and fear;
But grateful take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
John G. Whittier
It is not work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy; you can
hardly put more on a man than he can bear. But worry is rust upon
the blade. It is not movement that destroys the machinery, but
Henry Ward Beecher
Be just, and fear not.
Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s,
Thy God’s and truth’s.
Never let life’s hardships disturb you … no one can avoid problems,
not even saints or sages.
Ask yourself this question:
“Will this matter a year from now?”
Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that
overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue
sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.
Imagine every day to be the last of a life surrounded with hopes,
cares, anger and fear. The hours that come unexpectedly will be much
the more grateful.
The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.
Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.
Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to
bear are those that never happen.
James Russel Lowell
How much pain have cost us the evils that have never happened.
It is the trouble that never comes that causes the loss of sleep.
Chas. Austin Bates
Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste
the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
Henry David Thoreau
We also deem those happy, who from the experience of life, have
learned to bear its ills and without descanting on their weight.
Thus each person by his fears gives wings to rumor, and, without any
real source of apprehension, men fear what they themselves have
I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.
It is idle to dread what you cannot avoid.
He either fears his fate too much,
Or his deserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch
To gain or lose it all.
Marquis of Montrose
The rose is fairest when ‘t is budding new,
and hope is brightest when it dawns from fears.
Adversity is the diamond dust that heaven polishes its jewels with.
large sailing ship moving onward
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
The storm also beats on the house that is built on the rock.
Don’t ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.
Who indeed can harm you if you are committed deeply to doing what
It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the
strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done
them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the
arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives
valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great
enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so
that his place shall never be with those timid souls who hiker on
snowy mountain know neither victory nor defeat.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from
Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
Adventure is worthwhile.
Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what
makes life meaningful.
Joshua J. Marine
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to
grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing
In order to be walked on, you have to be lying down.
It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we
recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through
hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.
We are like tea bags – we don’t know man lying on sidewalk as people
pass by our own strength until we’re in hot water.
Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you
know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let
steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and
complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:24, RSV
There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or
you alter yourself to meet them.