Quotes with fails
Do not despair. I know you will not despair. You have a manly and proud heart. A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.
Things Fall Apart
The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one.
Lectures to Young Men: On Various Important Subjects (1856)
To cultivate lives as ephemeral
As droplets on a lotus leaf,
What do we not stoop to do
When discrimination fails us?
The first step toward greatness is to be honest, says the proverb; but the proverb fails to state the case strong enough. Honesty is not only "the first step toward greatness," — it is greatness itself.
Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it's only kept a secret from the person who fails.
The image is to be seized without hesitation, so that the representation does not suffer. If the ink is too rich, it loses its expressive quality; if too weak in tone, it fails to achieve a proper vigour.
I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
I Can't Accept Not Trying : Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence. (1994)
We never really had any kind of a Christmas. This is one part where my memory fails me completely.
This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country.
Memphis, TN, October 25, 1905
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
"Citizenship in a Republic." Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
Christianity offers reasons for not fearing death or the universe, and in so doing it fails to teach adequately the virtue of courage.
Education and the Social Order (1932)