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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wherever there is failure, there is some giddiness, some superstition about luck, some step omitted, which, Nature never pardons.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The camel set out to get him horns and was shorn of his ears.
  [Lat., Camelus desiderans cornua etiam aures perdidit.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, Adagia--Chil
         (III, cent. V, 8, heading)

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
      - Henry Ford

He ploughs in sand, and sows against the wind,
  That hopes for constant love of woman kind.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Medicina Gymnastica
         (vol. X, p, 7)

A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.
      - Kahlil Gibran

Failed the bright promise of your early day?
      - Reginald Heber, Palestine (l. 113)

If at first you don't succeed,
  Try, try, try again.
      - William Edward Hickson, Try and try again,
        (part of poem)

'Tis a lesson you should heed,
  Try, try, try again.
    If at first you don't succeed,
      Try, try, try again.
      - William Edward Hickson, Try and try again

Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.
      - Napoleon Hill

Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life.
      - Napoleon Hill

Many men and women spend their lives in unsuccessful attempts to spin the flax God sends them upon a wheel they can never use.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Half the failures in life come from pulling one's horse when he is leaping.
      - Thomas Hood

Complaints are vain; we will try to. do better another time. To-morrow and to-morrow. A few designs and a few failures, and the time of designing is past.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I've never been afraid to fail.
      - Michael Jordan

Albeit failure in any cause produces a correspondent misery in the soul, yet it is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterward carefully eschew.
      - John Keats (1)

There is not a fiercer hell than failure in a great object.
      - John Keats (1)

Learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.
      - Charles F. Kettering

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
      - Rudyard Kipling

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

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
      - James Russell Lowell

To fail at all is to fail utterly.
      - James Russell Lowell

Greatly begin! Though thou have time
  But for a line, be that sublime--
    Not failure, but low aim is crime.
      - James Russell Lowell, For an Autograph

In the lexicon of youth, which fate reserves
  For a bright manhood, there is no such word
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

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