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.
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.
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.
Edward de Bono:
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.
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.
A failure is a man who has blundered but is not capable of cashing in on the experience.
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.
George Bernard Shaw:
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.
It's a Wonderful Life:
Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.
Laurence J. Peter:
There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
Madame de Stael:
The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.
A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.
Mohandas K. Gandhi:
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.
Pearl S. Buck:
Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.
We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.
Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
Robert F. Kennedy:
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
The best way out is always through.
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.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done 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 the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
From a speech given in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910