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Failure Captions & Quotes That Will Inspire Success

Failure is often seen as a setback, but it can also be a powerful motivator toward achieving success. The right words can provide that extra push needed to get back up and try again. Below, you’ll find a selection of captions and quotes about failure that will inspire you to turn setbacks into comebacks.


  1. Embrace failure; it’s a step toward success.
  2. Failure is a detour, not a dead end.
  3. Every failure is a lesson learned.
  4. Failure is just success in progress.
  5. Let failure be your motivator.
  6. Don’t let failure define you; let it fuel you.
  7. The road to success is paved with failures.
  8. Fail forward.
  9. Success is built on the foundation of failure.
  10. Turn failures into stepping stones.
  11. Your failures are your greatest teachers.
  12. Every failure brings you one step closer to success.
  13. Don’t fear failure; fear not trying.
  14. Fail often, succeed sooner.
  15. In the journey of success, failure is a checkpoint, not a destination.
  16. Make failure your friend.
  17. Dream, fail, learn, repeat.
  18. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.
  19. View failure as a badge of honor.
  20. Failure is the soil from which success blooms.
  21. Carry your failures with pride.
  22. Fail smart, fail often, succeed big.
  23. Consider failure as a rehearsal for success.
  24. Mistakes are proof you’re trying.
  25. Failure is the universe’s way of guiding you.
  26. With every failure, you are planting the seeds of future success.
  27. Failure: The first step towards greatness.
  28. Embrace the lessons that failure provides.
  29. Your journey to success is filled with successful failures.
  30. Resilience is born in the cradle of failure.
  31. Make failure your stepping stone, not your stumbling block.
  32. Every great success story has failures written all over it.
  33. Fail gloriously and rise triumphantly.
  34. A failure is not a loss but an opportunity to grow.
  35. Collect failures like badges of honor; they show you tried.


  1. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill
  2. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford
  3. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  4. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
  5. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” – Confucius
  6. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson
  7. “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar
  8. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote
  9. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston S. Churchill
  10. “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” – Jack Canfield
  11. “Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.” – Jon Sinclair
  12. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Elbert Hubbard
  13. “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C. S. Lewis
  14. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
  15. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  16. “Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes
  17. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
  18. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
  19. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho
  20. “Risk failure; all roads to success lead through the land of failure.” – Rick Beneteau
  21. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat.” – Denis Waitley
  22. “Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.” – Zig Ziglar
  23. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel
  24. “Like success, failure is many things to many people. With a positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience.” – W. Clement Stone
  25. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
  26. “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki
  27. “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” – Zig Ziglar
  28. “Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure. It just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” – Robert H. Schuller
  29. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
  30. “I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” – George Burns
  31. “I think you have to try and fail, because failure gets you closer to what you’re good at.” – Louis C.K.
  32. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates
  33. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  34. “Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” – Morihei Ueshiba
  35. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone.” – Johnny Cash

While failure is never fun, it is an inevitable part of the path to success. By changing our perspective on failure and embracing its lessons, we can use it as a powerful motivator. The next time you face a setback, remember these captions and quotes, and keep moving forward toward your goals with renewed determination and courage.