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If I were not African, I wonder whether it would be clear to me that Africa is a place where the people do not need limp gifts of fish but sturdy fishing rods and fair access to the pond. I wonder whether I would realize that while African nations have a failure of leadership, they also have dynamic people with agency and voices.

Tags: Leadership, Place  ✍ Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.

Tags: Experience, Success  ✍ Author: Alfred Adler

Risk is to do something that 99 percent of the time would be a failure.

Tags: Risk, Time  ✍ Author: Ferran Adria

Failure in Afghanistan would have profound consequences for our national security. It would undermine the NATO alliance structure that has been the bedrock of Britain's defence for the last 60 years... I will not allow this to happen on my watch.

Tags: Happen, Last  ✍ Author: Bob Ainsworth

They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure.

Tags: Doubt, Fear  ✍ Author: Muhammad Ali

To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.

Tags: Purpose, Strong  ✍ Author: Muhammad Ali

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.

Tags: Again, Failing  ✍ Author: Woody Allen

For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

Tags: Action, Roadblock  ✍ Author: Mary Kay Ash

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

Tags: Great, Whether  ✍ Author: Abraham Lincoln

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.

Tags: Best, Life  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

Tags: Failures, Road  ✍ Author: C. S. Lewis

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

Tags: Ambition, Last  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Tags: Envy, Ignorance  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Tags: Loss, Success  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Tags: Courage, Success  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

To harmonize the One with the Many, this is indeed a difficult adjustment, perhaps the most difficult of all, and so important, withal, that nations have perished from their failure to achieve it.

Tags: Achieve, Difficult  ✍ Author: Irving Babbitt

It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

Tags: Success, Wise  ✍ Author: Roger Babson

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

Tags: Mind, Success  ✍ Author: Roger Babson

The main reason for the failure of the modern medical science is that it is dealing with results and not causes. Nothing more than the patching up of those attacked and the burying of those who are slain, without a thought being given to the real strong hold.

Tags: Medical, Science  ✍ Author: Edward Bach

I saw why people died and how they died. I saw gunshot wounds and liver failure. It was a good learning experience, so I came regularly on weekends and holidays.

Tags: Experience, Good  ✍ Author: Louis Bacon

I have never described the time I was in Doctor Who as anything except a kind of ecstatic success, but all the rest has been rather a muddle and a disappointment. Compared to Doctor Who, it has been an outrageous failure really - it's so boring.

Tags: Success, Time  ✍ Author: Stephen Baker

The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did - which was to hide.

Tags: End, Living  ✍ Author: James A. Baldwin

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions - of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas.

Tags: Feeling, Success  ✍ Author: James Mark Baldwin

I hate failure and that divorce was a Number One failure in my eyes. It was the worst period of my life. Neither Desi nor I have been the same since, physically or mentally.

Tags: Hate, Life  ✍ Author: Lucille Ball

The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only unreality.

Tags: Friends, Real  ✍ Author: Toni Cade Bambara
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Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.

Tags: Best, Greatest  ✍ Author: Henry Ward Beecher

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.

Tags: Himself, Makes  ✍ Author: Ambrose Bierce

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

Tags: Destiny, Fool  ✍ Author: Ambrose Bierce

If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure.

Tags: Best, Time  ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

Tags: Blame, Else  ✍ Author: John Burroughs

A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.

Tags: Blame, Trying  ✍ Author: John Burroughs

Failure, it is thought, is what sells, and what people want to hear and read about. I am not so sure.

Tags: Read, Thought  ✍ Author: Alastair Campbell

At the end of the day I have always seen the end of my relationships as a personal failure. There is nothing ever pretty in saying goodbye.

Tags: End, Saying  ✍ Author: Elisabetta Canalis

The paranoiac is the exact image of the ruler. The only difference is their position in the world. One might even think the paranoiac the more impressive of the two because he is sufficient unto himself and cannot be shaken by failure.

Tags: Cannot, Himself  ✍ Author: Elias Canetti

Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.

Tags: Indecision, Parents  ✍ Author: George Canning

At the root of many a woman's failure to become a great cook lies her failure to develop a workmanlike regard for knives.

Tags: Great, Woman  ✍ Author: Lizzy Caplan

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

Tags: Flavor, Success  ✍ Author: Truman Capote

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

Tags: Develop, Success  ✍ Author: Dale Carnegie

Once you start a working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.

Tags: Work, Working  ✍ Author: George Washington Carver

Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.

Tags: Often, Success  ✍ Author: Coco Chanel

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

Tags: Courage, Fool  ✍ Author: Charlie Chaplin

I think you can have 10,000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success.

Tags: Good, Success  ✍ Author: Paulo Coelho

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

Tags: Success, Sure  ✍ Author: Paulo Coelho

Nothing in this 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 derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Tags: Education, Men  ✍ Author: Calvin Coolidge

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

Tags: Fear, Success  ✍ Author: Bill Cosby

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

Tags: Success, Trying  ✍ Author: Bill Cosby

The only real failure in life is one not learned from.

Tags: Education, Life  ✍ Author: Al D\'Amato

You cannot learn anything from success, you only learn from failure.

Tags: Cannot, Success  ✍ Author: Jim Dale

I don't think there's any way it could have failed. We don't know failure in this band. We didn't know failure. We got to know it a little after awhile but at that time there was no such word.

Tags: After, Time  ✍ Author: Roger Daltrey

The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than jobs; it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild our national morale as well as our material prosperity.

Tags: American, Future  ✍ Author: Mitch Daniels

It really is impossible not to like him. His success was his failure.

Tags: Him, Success  ✍ Author: Edwidge Danticat

Spend enough time around success and failure, and you learn a reverence for possibility.

Tags: Success, Time  ✍ Author: Dale Dauten

It was an interesting question as to whether the BBC had a future in the digital world, and what form of market failure could justify the licence fee system.

Tags: Future, Question  ✍ Author: Gavyn Davies

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.

Tags: Road, Success  ✍ Author: Clive Davis

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.

Tags: Quite, Thinks  ✍ Author: John Dewey

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.

Tags: Success, Win  ✍ Author: Benjamin Disraeli

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.

Tags: Men, Women  ✍ Author: Amelia Earhart

Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.

Tags: Men, Women  ✍ Author: Amelia Earhart

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.

Tags: Men, Women  ✍ Author: Amelia Earhart

Translation is the art of failure.

Tags: Art  ✍ Author: Umberto Eco

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Tags: Satisfied, Show  ✍ Author: Thomas A. Edison

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

Tags: Life, Success  ✍ Author: Thomas A. Edison

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Tags: Progress, Show  ✍ Author: Thomas A. Edison

To me, all war is failure for humanity, though it often is a bounty for commerce.

Tags: Humanity, War  ✍ Author: Kim Edwards

Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.

Tags: End, Success  ✍ Author: Edward Eggleston

America traditionally represents the greatest possibility of someone's going from nothing to something. Why? In theory, if not practice, the government stays out of the way and lets individuals take risks and reap rewards or accept the consequences of failure. We call this capitalism - or, at least, we used to.

Tags: Government, Greatest  ✍ Author: Larry Elder

The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.

Tags: Best, Fear  ✍ Author: George Eliot

There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.

Tags: Best, Life  ✍ Author: George Eliot

I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.

Tags: Best, Fear  ✍ Author: George Eliot

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

Tags: Enough, Good  ✍ Author: George Eliot

In taking stock of ourselves, we should not forget that fear plays a large part in the drama of failure. That is the first thing to be dropped. Fear is a mental deficiency susceptible of correction, if taken in hand before it gains an ascendency over us. Fear comes with the thought of failure.

Tags: Fear, Forget  ✍ Author: Douglas Fairbanks

War is something Arafat sends others to do for him. That is, the poor souls who believe in him. This pompous incompetent caused the failure of the Camp David negotiations, Clinton's mediation.

Tags: Him, War  ✍ Author: Oriana Fallaci

It has always felt like a failure that Bjorn and I couldn't keep our family together. You never get it back, but to this day I don't regret splitting up. The reason behind our separation is one of those things I definitely don't want to go into!

Tags: Family, Together  ✍ Author: Agnetha Faltskog

If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being.

Tags: Christian, Human  ✍ Author: Jerry Falwell

It's a European Union of economic failure, of mass unemployment and of low growth.

Tags: Growth, Union  ✍ Author: Nigel Farage

The banking collapse was caused, more than anything, by bad government policy and the total failure of bad regulation, rather than by greed.

Tags: Bad, Government  ✍ Author: Nigel Farage

There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows.

Tags: Best, Life  ✍ Author: Louis Farrakhan

If you try to do your best there is no failure.

Tags: Best, Try  ✍ Author: Mike Farrell

We feel a lot of pressure about looking silly or appearing weak, whatever that means, or being a failure. You have to keep in your head: what's the worst that can happen?

Tags: Happen, Keep  ✍ Author: Michael Fassbender

I may be a successful football player, but I feel like such a failure.

Tags: Football, Successful  ✍ Author: Brett Favre

The assertion of failure coming from such persons does not mean that Mr. Mill failed to promote the practical success of those objects the advocacy of which forms the chief feature of his political writings.

Tags: Political, Success  ✍ Author: Millicent Fawcett

No man is a failure who is enjoying life.

Tags: Enjoying, Life  ✍ Author: William Feather

I'm kind of a failure. I mean, I'll be honest. I'm successful in that I'm getting to work on great stuff, but I think I'm a failure in all the personal stuff that is most important to me.

Tags: Great, Work  ✍ Author: Paul Feig

It's not that we fly by the seat of our pants. We're not afraid of failure.

Tags: Afraid, Fly  ✍ Author: Craig Ferguson

Questioning the nature and implications of liminal instances necessarily involves failure, if only in the specifically technical sense of entering spaces where prevailing criteria of success scarcely apply.

Tags: Nature, Success  ✍ Author: Brian Ferneyhough

There would seem to be a limit, even for an art preoccupied with boundaries and transgressions, beyond which a work reaches its breaking point and becomes an actual failure, a mere experimentation.

Tags: Art, Work  ✍ Author: Brian Ferneyhough

One day, I said to my father, 'I'm thinking of giving the comedy thing a try, what's your advice?' He goes, 'If it wasn't based on luck, I wouldn't worry about it, because you have talent. Just know that there's a lot of luck involved and if you eventually decide to do something else, don't treat it as a failure. Just know it's one-in-a-million.'

Tags: Father, Thinking  ✍ Author: Will Ferrell

It's not a very high failure rate if you choose people that you really like the sound of.

Tags: Choose, High  ✍ Author: Bryan Ferry

In Chicago, you have an absence of strong family units, and that absence gets filled by gangs. You have a failure in the school system, after-school programs and other social programs to help keep kids off the streets. Amnesty International speaks to that in some way, by keeping these issues in the forefront.

Tags: Family, School  ✍ Author: Lupe Fiasco

In Torch Song, I did that character almost non-stop from 1978 until I made the movie in 1987. Then I had some failure, which also colors how you react to doing other things.

Tags: Character, Song  ✍ Author: Harvey Fierstein

Failure is success if we learn from it.

Tags: Learn, Success  ✍ Author: Malcolm Forbes

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

Tags: Intelligence, Time  ✍ Author: Henry Ford

There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.

Tags: Learning, Secret  ✍ Author: Michael J. Fox

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.

Tags: Fear, Mistakes  ✍ Author: Benjamin Franklin

War remains the decisive human failure.

Tags: Human, War  ✍ Author: John Kenneth Galbraith

One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.

Tags: Become, Learning  ✍ Author: John W. Gardner

We may be personally defeated, but our principles never!

Tags: May, Principles  ✍ Author: William Lloyd Garrison

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

Tags: Fine, Success  ✍ Author: Bill Gates

Our health-care morass is like the problems of global warming and the national debt - the kind of vast policy failure that is far easier to get into than to get out of. Americans say that they want leaders who will take on these problems.

Tags: Far, Problems  ✍ Author: Atul Gawande

You want to ensure people can do it right 99 percent of time. When we have to fire one of our surgical trainees, it is never because they don't have the physical skills but because they don't have the moral skills - to practise and admit failure.

Tags: Fire, Time  ✍ Author: Atul Gawande

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