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My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.
Elaine Maxwell

You've got to take the bitter with the sour.
Samuel Goldwyn

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.
Pearl S. Buck

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Wallace Stegner

The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost

A failure is a man who has blundered but is not capable of cashing in on the experience.
Elbert Hubbard

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Samuel Smiles

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.
Samuel Smiles

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and "mangled mind" leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.
Elizabeth Drew

It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Jessamyn West

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert F. Kennedy

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
Laurence J. Peter

It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.
Havelock Ellis

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
James Russell Lowell

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody.
Herbert B. Swope

Do not waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
Anais Nin

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Thomas Alva Edison

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

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
Ralph Ellison

The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.
Ashley Montagu

The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.
Madame de Stael

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
William Saroyan

Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.
Corita Kent

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.
May Sarton

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
Edward de Bono

You won't skid if you stay in a rut.
Kin Hubbard

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

No garden is without its weeds.
Thomas Fuller

We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.
Rabindranath Tagore

Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.
William M. Winans