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Fear of Failure Quotes and Sayings

Updated on August 23, 2018
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Failure Quotes and Sayings

  • There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.  -  Colin Powell
  • There is no failure except in no longer trying. - Elbert Hubbard
  • The more chance there is of stubbing your toe, the more chance you have of stepping into success. - Anonymous
  • To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. - Bertrand Russell
  • If you are doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure.   -  Author Unknown
  • I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best. - John Keats
  • It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.  -  Aesop
  • No man is a failure who is enjoying life.  -  William Feather
  • Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius
  • Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. - Dostoyevsky
  • I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.  -  Bill Cosby
  • It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."  -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Our doubts are our traitors, and make use lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. - William Shakespeare
  • The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.   -  Sven Goran Eriksson
  • The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • It is hard to fail, but it is wose never to have tried to succeed. - Theodore Roosevelt
  • Failure is an event, never a person.  -  William D. Brown
  • It is foolish to fear what you cannot avoid. - Publius Syrus
  • You gain strength, courage and confidence by every expierence in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself. "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • There is much to be said for failure.  It is more interesting than success.  -  Maz Beebohm
  • Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. - Napoleon Hill
  • Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.  -  Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. - Anonymous
  • Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, "I have failed three times", and what happens when he says, "I am a failure."  -  S. I. Hayakawa
  • Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. - Zig Ziglar
  • The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.  -  Thucydides
  • All of my successes have been built on my failures.  -  Benjamn Disraeli
  • There are those who are so scrupulously afraid of doing wrong that they seldom venture to do anything. - Vauvenargues
  • Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.  -  Henry Ford
  • We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do. - Samuel Smiles
  • Failure doesn't mean you are a just means you haven't succeeded yet.  -  Robert Schuller
  • Do one thing every day that scares you. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Not failure, but low aim, is a crime. - James Russell Lowe
  • You always pass failure on the way to success.  -  Mickey Rooney
  • To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. - Soren Kierkegaard
  • FEAR:
    Veer Sharma
  • It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through success; they often succeed through failures.  -  Author Unknown
  • I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.  -  Thomas Edison

Success or failure what do you choose?
Success or failure what do you choose? | Source

Tips to Help Overcome Fear of Failure

  • Think about the cost of missed opportunities
  • Expect that you might fail
  • Research all possible outcomes of you action
  • Turn failure into a positive by making it a learning experience
  • Don't take a failure personally
  • Ask yourself:  What is the worst thing that could happen if I fail?
  • Have a second plan in case you do fail
  • Remember, successful people fail
  • Take action - start off one step at a time
  • If you fail, try again
  • Talk about your fear with someone you trust

There is no need to be afraid of failure.  There is only success ahead.
There is no need to be afraid of failure. There is only success ahead. | Source

Effect Of Fear Of Failure

  • It persuades you to set easier goals
  • It triggers your internal defense system and allows you to think yu have a perfectly good reason not to change
  • It allows you to do less than you are capable of doing
  • It reduces the number of alternatives you have and keeps you from pursuing them
  • It causes indeciseveness
  • It causes confusion
  • It keeps you from know what you really want
  • It warps your perception of life and what you can do to make it better
  • It keeps you from asking for help when youneed it
  • It keeps you from benefiting from emotional support when offered
  • It keeps you from asserting yourself
  • It persuades you to settle for less than you need to
  • It keeps you from going after what you really want
  • You develop unhealthy habits to calm fears (overeating)
  • You develop behavior problems ( inability to trust)
  • It often causes you to stop one step before realizing your goals
  • It keeps you from taking risks

I will leave you with last thought.
I will leave you with last thought. | Source

© 2011 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      azure_sky, motivation and inspiration are important to me. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      8 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

      Up, Useful AND awesome!! Thanks so much for such an inspiring hub Koffee!! Much appreciated!!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rhelena, it's a simple fact of life that every fails at something at least once in their life. I've learned far more from my failures than I have from my success. Thanks for the comment.

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      8 years ago

      Excellent quotes, and they are so true! I know for myself, if I had not failed, I would not have learned what I know, and thus I would not be where I am today. The sooner we learn to accept failure, the sooner we will succeed. Thank you!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, amy. All of us fail at one time or other, the trick is to get up and try again.

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      9 years ago

      What a great page here, this is inspiring and I believe personally much of the advise here to be true. Great list of books and movies to review this for ourselves too, love it!! A.B.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks carrie. I enjoyed writing it. Thanks for the comment.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Happyboomernurse, I found that quote funny. I gues because it's true. I had never thought of things that way. I wish I knew who had said it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pamela, our successes teach us that we have done something the right way. Our failures teach us how to do it the right way. Thanks.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rafini, what a great quote. It's so true. Thanks for your comment.

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      9 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Great quotes KoffeeKlatch Gals. A lot can be learned from these. rated up

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing these quotes on failure. My favorite was, "Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. - Anonymous" which I never heard before.

      I also liked your tips to overcome fear of failure.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I think we do learn more from out mistakes than we do our successes. I really liked your hub and all those sayings that were so appropriate. Excellent hub as usual.

    • Rafini profile image


      9 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Great hub! I liked the Ark/Titanic quote, and here's a quote posted at the college I attend:

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

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rhonda, unfortunately some people keep making the same mistakes over and over. That's good advice that you have given your sons.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, I think you told your son right. Love your quote.

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      Rhonda Musch 

      9 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      You do learn from your mistakes agreed. Just don't repeat the same twice. That is what I tell my sons. Great hub as always. Thanks for making my day.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      If you get a lemon, make lemonade.

      I used to tell my son that you learn from your setbacks, not from your successes.


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