A miss is as good as a mile.
Almost only counts in horseshoes.
Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.
John Harvey MacDonald Jr. combat wounded, Vietnam 1969
Don’t boast when you set out but only when you get there.
Russian (on journeys)
Every dog has its day.
John Heywood (c.1497-1580)
Good counsellors lack no clients.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Have confidence in yourself and you can lick anything.
It’s not enough to know how to ride
must also know how to fall. – Mexican (on success and failure)
Nothing succeeds like success.
Success has many parents but failure is an orphan.
American (on success and failure)
We learn little from victory, much from defeat.
Japanese (on success and failure)
Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.
They can because they think they can.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.
Theodore T. Hunger
We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired to glory.
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
Frank Loyd Wright
The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Success is the child of audacity.
Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success.
Thomas Chandler Haliburton
The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two: common-sense and perseverance.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.
Everyone has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–which is: Try to please everybody.
Herbert Bayard Swope
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington
Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one a second time.
Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.
He is great enough who is his own master.
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
Impatience never commanded success.
Edwin H. Chapin
Careful thinking and hard work will solve nearly all your problems. Try and see for yourself.
The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do, well.
Henry W. Longfellow
The man who makes a success of an important venture never wails for the crowd. He strikes out for himself. It takes nerve, it takes a great lot of grit; but the man that succeeds has both. Anyone can fail. The public admires the man who has enough confidence in himself to take a chance. These chances are the main things after all. The man who tries to succeed must expect to be criticized. Nothing important was ever done but the greater number consulted previously doubted the possibility. Success is the accomplishment of that which most people think can’t be done.
C. V. White
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.