— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
— John Mayer guitarist and singer/songwriter 1977
From his essay on Jimi Hendrix for Rolling Stone 946 Mayer, John (2004). "Jimi Hendrix" http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5939209/6_jimi_hendrix RollingStone.com (accessed March 21, 2007)
„It's always easy to blame others. You can spend your entire life blaming the world, but your successes or failures are entirely your own.“
— Paulo Coelho, Aleph
Aleph (2011), Context: It’s always easy to blame others. You can spend your entire life blaming the world, but your successes or failures are entirely your own responsibility. You can try to stop time, but it’s a complete waste of energy.
„In general, these phenomena are very easy to perceive and understand, but difficult to calculate. The danger of failure increases rapidly with decreasing depth or thickness of the structural member…“
— Eduardo Torroja Spanish architect 1899 - 1961
Philosophy of Structures (1958), p, 125
„You are responsible for all of your successes, and the lack thereof. And that is the essential point that failure, your ever-faithful friend, wants to make: that your failure could not exist without you—without your stupidity, without your lies, without your mistakes, your uselessness, your lack of faith, your ineptitude, your unjustifiable confidence in your alleged abilities, you stupid loser—failure is your only friend. Failure is your only lover. Failure is your only hope.“
— John S. Hall Poet, author, singer, lawyer 1960
Lyrics, Failure (1998), "Failure"
— Frank Borman NASA astronaut 1928
Context: Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure. Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts. And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace. Prayer from Apollo 8, on Christmas Day (25 December 1968)
„We live in an essential and unresolvable tension between our unity with nature and our dangerous uniqueness. Systems that attempt to place and make sense of us by focusing exclusively either on the uniqueness or the unity are doomed to failure. But we must not stop asking and questing because the answers are complex and ambiguous.“
— Stephen Jay Gould, Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes
Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes (1983), "Our Natural Place", p. 250
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
„Your failures and your faults, they stick with you. They glob into ugly, cancerous growths inside you and make you want to die.“
— Julie Anne Peters, By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
„Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.“
— Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
„It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.“
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 v.Chr
„War isn't civilized. War is failure. It's the ultimate result of a breakdown in public policy, and soldiers are the machines that handle that breakdown.“
— Jesse Ventura American politician and former professional wrestler 1951
I Ain't Got Time To Bleed (1999), Context: War isn't civilized. War is failure. It's the ultimate result of a breakdown in public policy, and soldiers are the machines that handle that breakdown. In warfare, you're taught to do whatever you have to, to stay alive.
— Don Soderquist 1934 - 2016
On the Importance of Culture, Don Soderquist “ The Wal-Mart Way: The Inside Story of the Success of the World's Largest Company https://books.google.com/books?id=mIxwVLXdyjQC&lpg=PR9&dq=Don%20Soderquist&pg=PR9#v=onepage&q=Don%20Soderquist&f=false, Thomas Nelson, April 2005, p. 42.
„In Athens and Rome…every ultimate problem was theirs, as it is ours, and the more you open your soul to their appeal the more profound your pity for stumbling humanity, the more eager your effort to bind together the family of man rather than to loosen it. It is no blind chance that has led one of our greatest scholars to devote his life to the ideal of the League of Nations. Rather it is his desire to make his contribution to redeeming the failure of those very Greeks whom he, more perhaps than any living man, has helped this modern world to understand.“
— Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
1926, Speech to the Classical Association (8 January 1926) on Gilbert Murray, quoted in On England, and Other Addresses (1926), pp. 115-116.