There is no antidote to failure, except the idea that we must experience it to savour what comes next. Failure keeps us grounded, teaches us various aspects of life. But screwsups mean different things to different people. What’s your take? Take a pick from these ten powerful quotes on failure.

  • “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door ”

― Coco Chanel

  • “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it”

― Maya Angelou

  • “Life is full of screwups. You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existence.”

― Sarah Dessen

  • “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.”

― Marilyn Monroe

  • “I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being–forgive me–rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.”

― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success”

 – Ellen DeGeneres

  • “It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success”

-Charlotte Whitton 

  • “Even as far back as when I started acting at 14, I know I’ve never considered failure”

-Jennifer Lawrence 

  • “Failure isn’t an option. I’ve erased the word ‘fear’ from my vocabulary, and I think when you erase fear, you can’t fail”

-Alicia Keys 

  • “If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher, the law of averages – not to mention the myth of Icarus – predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure”

-Oprah Winfrey  

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