101 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Overcome the Fear of Failure


We all fear failure at some point in our lives. The fear of failure, the questioning and self doubt can have a dramatic impact on our life and the decisions that we make in it.

That little voice in the back of our head that says:
There is no point in trying, you are going to fail anyway, stops us from achieving our dreams and trying out new ideas.

Fear holds us back. The fear of failure holds us back even more. Leaving our comfort zone where everything is safe is hard and it is easy to be complacent and not want to take risks.

Risks in life are what makes life interesting. They enable us to follow our dreams and if we let go of the fear of failure we are able to achieve things beyond our wildest imaginations. Sometimes we need some inspiration to help us let go of fear and take the necessary steps conquer our dreams. I hope you enjoy this collection of Inspiring Quotes to Help You Overcome the Fear of Failure

101 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Overcome the Fear of Failure


1. “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch

2. “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” Tony Robbins

3. “Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.” – Soichiro Honda

4. “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Vincent van Gogh

5. “I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today. William Allen White

6. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie

7. “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad

8. “Every failure is a step to success.” – William Whewell

9 . “Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems. Nelson A. Rockefeller

10. “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

11. “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” – Tony Robbins

12. “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” – Benjamin Franklin

13. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

14. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

15. “Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.” Lily Tomlin

16. “For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” Mary Kay Ash

17. “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

18. “Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.” – Denis Waitley

19. “Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not. Virgil Thomson

20. “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” George Edward Woodberry

21. “Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.” Mike Ditka

22. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

23. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

24. “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” Zig Ziglar

25. “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres

26. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” Bill Cosby

27. “When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.” – George Bernard Shaw

28. “There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.” – Tony Robbins

29. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt

30. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

31. ” You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. Eric Hoffer

32. ” Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives. Newell D. Hillis

33. ” He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. Napoleon Bonaparte

34. ” I failed my way to success. Thomas Edison

35. ” The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. H. P. Lovecraft

36. ” Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” – Zig Ziglar

37 . “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

38 . “Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.” – Sivananda

39 . “Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success. Napoleon Hill

40. ” You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

41 . “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

42. ” It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J. K. Rowling

43. ” It is the want of diligence, rather than the want of means, that causes most failures. Alfred Mercier

44. ” The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” Elbert Hubbard

45. ” I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.” Nikki Giovanni

46. ” Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is leaping. Thomas Hood

47. ” Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  – Jack Canfield

48 . “No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.” Napoleon Hill

49. ” They fail, and they alone, who have not striven. Thomas Bailey Aldrich

50. ” Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” Napoleon Hill

51. ” Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

52. ” Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson

53 . “Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.” – George Eliot

54. ” 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

55 . “Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. Unknown

56 . “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green

57 . “Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” Morihei Ueshiba

58. ” If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson

59 . “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt

60 . “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

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

62 . “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis

63 . “Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes. James A. Froude

64 . “Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air. Johann C. F. von Schiller

65. ” 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

66. ” I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.” – Neal Shusterman

67. ” 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.” Ambrose Bierce

68. ” Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. James Stephens

69 . “Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.” – Mia Hamm

70. ” 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

71 . “George Herman “Babe” Ruth

72 . “Go back a little to leap further. John Clarke

73. ” If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

74. ” You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky

75. ” Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.” Anonymous

76 . “He that is down needs fear no fall. John Bunyan

77. ” It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

78. ” I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best. John Keats

79. ” Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” Coco Chanel

80 . “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” Andre Gide

81. ” People living deeply have no fear of death. Anais Nin

82. ” 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

83 . “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. Henry David Thoreau

84 . “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic. Unknown

85 . “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows. Japanese Proverb

86. ” The only failure is not to try.” George Clooney

87. ” Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.” – Roger von Oech

88. ” I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan

89. ” I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Frank Herbert

90 . “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” George Burns

91. ” If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” – Zig Ziglar

92. ” Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

93 . “Failure is success if we learn from it.” Malcolm Forbes

94. ” Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius

95. ” It’s best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes.” – Anne Baxter

96. ” The greatest men sometimes overshoot themselves, but then their very mistakes are so many lessons of instruction. Tom Browne

97. ” No man is a failure who is enjoying life.” William Feather

98. ” I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

99. ” Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Helen Keller

100. ” In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed. Ralph Waldo Emerson

101 . “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 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


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