A Quote by Dorothea Brande on success, failure, inertia, and perfectionism

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success.

Dorothea Brande

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on failure, failures, love, self-love, god, and talent

My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)


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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on success, courage, failure, balance, joy, victory, and defeat

It is far better to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: It was my late-father, Larry Griffith's favorite he lived by

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A Quote by Susan Brownell Anthony on failure and impossible

"Failure is impossible. "

Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906)

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on success and failure

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by Og Mandino on failure, determination, achievement, and success

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

Og Mandino

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A Quote by Sri Chinmoy on failure, defeat, and god

"Why do we fail? Is it because we are unlucky?
Is it because we have not worked very hard? I
s it because we have not invoked God's Compassion and Blessings?
Is it because God has accepted this failure as an experience He wanted to have in our life?
Is it because God has granted this failure to us?
Is it because God has willed that we should lose?
No! not it is for a different reason that we experience failure.
It is for the strengthening of our consciousness that, at times, God grants us defeat."

Sri Chinmoy


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A Quote by Thomas Hoving on failure, dark night of soul, compassion, and judgement

Since you are somewhat special, you'll have to be very careful and work very hard to learn how to press yourself into the existence of others.  Stand in the shoes of others, wear their clothes, enter their heads, imagine their anxieties, their clouded thoughts, their superstitons, their untutored responses and unthinking and dumb inclusions.  Recall before you dismiss all the stupidities of mankind, that even in ignorance there are some words of wisdom.  That even in hysteria there has got to be a glint of reason.  That even in stubborn and recalcitrant opinion there is a sensitivity of true thoughtfulness.  And if you do press yourself into the existence of others and their minds, you have periods of grave doubt and concern and skepticism, and if you really get into the skin of another human being and become immersed in his or her own nerve shoots, you will say, I'm wrong, they're right.  You might even say, the heck with them all, alright.  And if you go either way it's going to be the same thing because you're going to be experiencing the dark night of soul and maybe a lot of failure which is the next greatest professor you're going to have in life.

Thomas Hoving

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A Quote by Robert I. Sutton on viagra, minoxidil, rogaine, drugs, accidents, serendipity, pfizer, upjohn, failure, success, and ideas

The process of finding new uses for old things is not always intentional. Accidental discoveries sometimes enable firms to serve unexpected customers. Viagra and Minoxidil are examples of such happy accidents. The discovery that Viaga usage was associated with penile erections in some men was initially given little attention by researchers from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals when this "side effect" was first noted in clinical trails. The drug was originally developed to be a treatment for hypertension, and after that failed, it was tested as a treatment for angina. Once again the drug failed. But this time Pfizer researchers followed up on the side effect from their earlier study. They ran clinical trials of Viagra as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, which led them to discover a new application for this existing drug. Similarly, Minoxidil was originally sold in tablet form as a treatment for high blood pressure. A side effect of this medicine was unwanted hair growth. So researchers from Upjohn started examining if it could be applied to the scalp to increase hair growth in balding men. Significant growth was observed in more than half the subjects who used it, and Minoxidil is now marketed in the United States by Upjohn as Rogaine. Researchers at both Pfizer and Upjohn didn't anticipate these side effects, but both groups were creative because they were observant and persistent enough to find new use for an existing medication. In the right hands, nothing succeeds like failure.

Robert Sutton

Source: Weird Ideas That Work: 11 1/2 Practices for Promoting, Managing, and Sustaining Innovation, Pages: 28

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A Quote by David Zinczenko on failure and success

Failure is not an option. Failure is a prerequisite.

David Zinczenko

Source: Men's Health Magazine

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