Words of encouragement for after failing an exam

Words of encouragement for after failing an exam

  • “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” —Sven Goran Eriksson
  • “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” —Denis Waitley
  • “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” —Napoleon Hill
  • “The wisest person is not the one who has the fewest failures but the one who turns failures to best account.” —Richard R. Grant
  • “People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.” —Lao-Tzu
  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” —Colin Powell
  • “Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they are really not. There are companions. the hero and the sidekick.” —Laurence Shames
  • “There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.” —Tom Krause
  • “Success builds character, failure reveals it.”
  • “Try to fail, but don’t fail to try.”
  • “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” —Benjamin Franklin
  • “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” —Sir Winston Churchill
  • “If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.” —Mary Pickford
  • “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan
  • “Our greatest glory is not in ever failing, but in rising every time we fail.” —Confucius
  • “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
  • “Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, in as much 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 after wards carefully avoid.” —John Keats
  • “Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.”
  • “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden
  • “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  – Jack Canfield
  • “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel
  • “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
  • “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch
  • “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson
  • “Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” – Gena Showalter
  • “If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates
  • “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley
  • “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  • “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  • “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Chris Bradford
  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  • “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho
  • “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong
  • “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  • “I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.” – Neal Shusterman
  • “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie
  • “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford
  • “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill
  • “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash
  • “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling
  • “No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” – Chris Hardwick
  • “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad
  • “With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.” – Criss Jami
  • “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green
  • Michael Jordan: “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
  • Abraham Lincoln: “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”
  • Bill Gates: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
  • Steve Jobs: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
  • Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
  • John Burroughs: “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”
  • John Wooden: “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”
  • Rudyard Kipling: “We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.”
  • Zig Ziglar: “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”
  • Napoleon Hill: “Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.”
  • E.O. Wilson: “You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.”
  • Zig Ziglar: “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
  • Ernest Hemingway: “A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.”
  • B.F. Skinner: “A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”
  • Coco Chanel: “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
  • Ken Robinson: “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
  • Richard Yates: “If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want.”
  • Denis Waitley: “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
  • Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
  • J.M. Barrie: “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.”
  • Robert T. Kiyosaki: “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”
  • Johnny Cash: “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
  • J.K. Rowling: “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.”
  • Chris Hardwick: “No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.”
  • Bill Cosby: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt: “It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs to come short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement. And, who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and cruel souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
  • Barry Eisler: “If you focus on the risks, they’ll multiply in your mind and eventually paralyze you. You want to focus on the task, instead, on doing what needs to be done.”
  • James Cameron: “If you set your goals ridiculously high and its a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
  • Joe Frazier: “You can map out a fight plan or a life plan, but when the action starts, it may not go the way you planned, and you’re down to your reflexes – that means your [preparation:]. That’s where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, well, you’re going to get found out now, under the bright lights.”
  • “Never let success get to your head; never let failure get to your heart.” -Anonymous
  • “Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?” -Marilyn Monroe
  • “You always pass failure on your way to success.” -Mickey Rooney
  • “Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” -Chinese proverb
  • “Successful people don’t fear failure but understand that it’s necessary to learn and grow from.” -Robert Kiyosaki
  • “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” -Barack Obama
  • “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” -Og Mandion
  • “Fear regret more than failure.” -Taryn Rose
  • “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” -Nelson Mandela
  • “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” -Paulo Coelho
  • “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” -Napoleon Hill
  • I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Alva Edison
  • “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” -Bill Gates

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