Quotations

If at first you don't succeed, before you try again, stop to figure out what you did wrong.
-Leo Rosten, writer and humorist


It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. At some point, you are bound to stumble...Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
-Oprah Winfrey

One of the issues that has always worried me about Harvard students, particularly freshmen, is the notion (which I think is a false one - but it's a real one in their mind) that they must now justify everything that has ever been said about them and that they must prove themselves to be perfect paragons of success and achievement, and the reason that's a problem is that none of them are perfect paragons of success or achievement.
-Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church

When one door closes, another opens for us. But we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
-Alexander Graham Bell, inventor and innovator

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down. 
-Mary Pickford, actress, producer, screenwriter


Everything looks like failure in the middle.
-Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor of Business, Harvard Business School

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. 
-Winston Churchill, British statesman, prime minister, and author


It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.
-J.K. Rowling

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
-Pablo Picasso

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
-Louisa May Alcott, writer and novelist


Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. 
-Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Company

Try the rough water as well as the smooth. Rough water can teach lessons worth knowing. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, poet, and lecturer

If at first you don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.
-Bill Lyon, author

Everything that can be invented, has been invented.
-Charles Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
-Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
-Ken Olson, President, Chairman, Founder, Digital Equipment Corporation

640K ought to be enough for anybody. 
-Bill Gates


The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made. 
-Jean Giraudoux, novelist, essayist, and playwright

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.
-Niels Bohr, Danish physicist


I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. 
-Michael Jordan

If everything seems under control, you just aren’t going fast enough.
-Mario Andretti, race car driver

Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.
-Savielly G. Tartakower, Chessmaster

Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.
-Soichiro Honda

Oprah Winfrey Image Credit:
(Hernandez). (2011). Oprah Winfrey at 2011 TCA [Photograph]. Retrieved May 18, 2014, from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/greginhollywood/5334041943 
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Michael Jordan Image Credit:
(Smith). (2013). Michael Jordan [Photograph]. Retrieved May 18, 2014, from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92147157@N07/8374386253/
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J.K. Rowling Image Credit:
(Ogren). (2010). 100405_EasterEggRoll_683 [Photograph].  Retrieved May 19, 2014, from https://www.flickr.com/photos/fast50/4513125422/
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Henry Ford Image Credit
By Hartsook, photographer. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AHenry_ford_1919.jpg

Jean Giraudoux Image Credit
By Anonymous [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AJean_Giraudoux_1927.jpg

Photo of Rosabeth Moss Kanter used with permission from Harvard Business School.