If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.
The study of literature threatens to become a kind of paleontology of failure, and criticism a supercilious psychoanalysis of authors.
Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.
For me, it's always a failure of the imagination. I have that anxiety that time is passing, that everything is ultimately fleeting and impermanent. I better take advantage of every single moment.
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Failure — quotes and aphorisms
Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure.
I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.
The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
The failure of academic feminists to recognize difference as a crucial strength is a failure to reach beyond the first patriarchal lesson. In our world, divide and conquer must become define and empower.
At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren't where you want to be, you will always be a failure.
Many of the familiar little things that we use every day have typically evolved over a period of time to a state of familiarity. They balance form and function, elegance and economy, success and failure in ways that are not only acceptable, but also admirable.
Honesty is about the scars. It's about the blemishes. But it's more than just bragging about failure, which could be a form of ego. It's about truly helping people.
One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.