Failure Quotes (1508 Quotes)



    The tragedy of Katrina wasn't the failure to predict the track or to predict the intensity of the storm. The tragedy was in preparing people and in particular predicting human behavior.

    Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.

    This force, which is the best thing in you, your highest self, will never respond to any ordinary half-hearted call, or any milk-and-water endeavor, It can only be reached by your supremest call, your supremest effort. It will respond only to the call that is backed up by the whole of you, not part of you you must be all there in what you are trying to do. You must bring every particle of your energy, unanswerable resolution, your best efforts, your persistent industry to your task or the best will not come out of you. You must back up your ambition by your whole nature, by unbounded enthusiasm and a determination to win which knows no failure... Only a masterly call, a masterly will, a supreme effort, intense and persistent application, can unlock the door to your inner treasure and release your highest powers.

    I thought what we did particularly well tonight was that when calls did not go our way we did not go into one of our tremendously long droughts. We did not hang our heads and look defeated. We did the reverse and picked it up.


    They attempted to put out a fan magazine, but since it wasn't done correctly, no one bought it. There was an unsuccessful Web site and a surplus amount of bonuses set to help Janie and her cohorts.

    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.


    Some of the failures are shocking. Four years after 911, it is a scandal that police and firefighters in large cities still can't talk to each other when they are hit with a major crisis.

    The new program for children in failing schools will be the largest statewide school choice program in the nation. The creation of that program plus the expansion of two others illustrates that states with the greatest experience with school choice are the most likely to expand it.


    In a football game and in the corporate workplace there is a huge difference between teams that achieve great success and teams that become dismal failures. The answer is effective communication- teams that can openly share ideas, focus on the task, and communicate proactively should not be surprised by their achievements.







    To struggle against a fault increases its power, keeps our attention riveted on its presence, and brings us a battle indeed. To forget the failing and consciously to strive to develop a virtue which would make the former impossible, this is true victory.

    Sometimes you're not even sure which of your stories were failures. There are things I've written that I thought were complete catastrophes when I finished with them that have gone on to generate some of my most positive feedback.

    ... though modern Marriage is a tremendous laboratory, its members are often without preparation for the partnership function. How much agony and remorse and failure could have been avoided if there had been at least some rudimentary learning before they entered the partnership.

    Live in the present. The past is gone the future is unknown -- but the present is real, and your opportunities are now. You must see these opportunities they must be real for you. The catch is that they can't seem real if your mind is buried in past failures, if you keep reliving old mistakes, old guilts, old tragedies. Fight your way above the many inevitable Traumatizations of your ego, escape damnation by the past, and look to the opportunities of the present. I don't mean some vague moment in the present -- next week or next month, perhaps. I mean today, this minute.


    It was the failure of the non-discrimination clause. Other Catholic institutions, like Holy Cross, Notre Dame, and Georgetown, have much better clauses. It has nothing to do with our being Catholic it has to do with intolerance.

    I went to college for one semester, and I took every subject I could, and I ended up failing. So I thought to myself, Ever since I was a kid, I've loved expression - and that's when I started thinking about acting.



    The Bank of England has to be careful that any Y2K-related problems don't lead to a systemic failure. It is only prudent to take such precautions, I am sure that other central banks will be doing the same.

    Kids in our urban schools, most of them minorities, are not succeeding at anywhere near the rate of their counterparts in the suburbs. And let me be clear the failure of our urban schools to prepare our children today for the challenges of tomorrow is the civil rights issue of our generation.




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