Best Quotes About Failing

It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where the suspect poses no immediate threat to the officer and no threat to others, the harm resulting from the failing to apprehend him does not justify the use of deadly force to do so. -Byron White

It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember. -Ben Stein

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. -Woody Allen

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind. -Walter Bagehot

The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work. -Charles Kettering

I must have some sort of record in failing to get into the charts. -Frida Lyngstad

Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. -Nikola Tesla

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. -George Soros

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds. -R. D. Laing

When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger. -Epictetus

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. -Benjamin Franklin

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls. -Edmund Burke

We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children. -John Sculley

I'd like to say from the beginning that the 12 years I've been coming here, I've met unfailing courtesy and cooperation, courtesy from your people and cooperation from the Ministry of Information. -Peter Arnett

Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself. -Luc de Clapiers

We need to teach the highly educated man that it is not a disgrace to fail and that he must analyze every failure to find its cause. He must learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. -Charles Kettering

We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee to fail intelligently… to experiment over and over again and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work. -Charles Kettering

Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of the effort involved in getting there – or failing to get there. -Max Lerner

No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. -Calvin Coolidge

It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one. -Jerome K. Jerome

Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large. -Plutarch

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories. -W. Somerset Maugham

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember. -Anne Sullivan

I think that comedy really tells you how it is. The other thing about comedy is that – you don't even know if you're failing in drama, but you do know when you're failing in comedy. When you go to a comedy and you don't hear anybody laughing, you know that you've failed. -Carl Reiner

Wisconsin's kids shouldn't be allowed to fail just because Washington is failing them. -Jim Doyle

We must not condemn to frustration those whose job it is to protect us by failing to provide them with the necessary resources to meet the threats they face. -Joe Lieberman

At least I have the modesty to admit that lack of modesty is one of my failings. -Hector Berlioz

You grow up by making mistakes. I've made a ton of them, but as long as I keep on failing better, I don't mind. -Joely Richardson

Very few of the great leaders ever get through their careers without failing, sometimes dramatically. -Phil Crosby

Yet, our achievements also mask many continuing failings and seem to expose more future dangers. -Hun Sen

One's only rival is one's own potentialities. One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king. -Abraham Maslow

I think that if my kids are completely convinced of God's unfailing love for them, whether they fail or not, they'll have confidence to persevere in life. -Amy Grant

Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see. -Bernard Baruch

A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it. -Michelangelo

When I'm winning, winning, winning with a certain way why would I mess with that? When I realised there was lot to be gained from failing in some people's eyes, it made it all the more interesting! -Bob Mould

Take care, these Italians, full of failings, are neither you, nor me; they are your neighbors, the ones you meet on the staircase and whom you do not like to greet. -Alberto Sordi

The one thing that scares me the most is failing. It scares me that one day I won't be at this level. But while I'm here and while I'm having success early, I'm trying to do everything to stay on this level. -Terrell Davis

If listeners aren't carried away to Heaven, I'm failing. -La Monte Young

Success is not in never failing, but rising everytime you fall! -Jonathan Taylor Thomas

We do not kill the drama, we do not really limit its appeal by failing to encourage the best in it; but we do thereby foster the weakest and poorest elements. -George Pierce Baker

I am consumed with the fear of failing. Reaching deep down and finding confidence has made all my dreams come true. -Arsenio Hall

When we hide our failings from others, we seek to hide them from ourselves, and it is in the latter attempt that we are most successful. -Pierre Nicole

But to me the bottom line is the more education you can give yourself, and the more preparation you can do, the less chance of failing. -Stuart Pearce

I'm not afraid of failing. I don't like to fail. I hate to fail. But I'm not afraid of it. -Vince McMahon

I wish we could have acted quicker on Detroit or other failing schools. -John Engler

I just have a position that any child that's in a failing school should be able to get out, or be in a position to have that school fixed. -John Engler

Before this government came to power, many failing schools were simply allowed to drift on in a pattern of continuing failure. The government is determined to break that pattern and is successfully doing so. -Estelle Morris

Democratic leaders, whose power is ultimately dependent on popular support, are held accountable for failing to improve the lives of their citizens. Therefore, they have a powerful incentive to keep their societies peaceful and prosperous. -Natan Sharansky

But in the end our government usually – not unfailingly – is responsive to the people; and usually – not always – will try to do what is right. -Lee H. Hamilton

Though just biographical record will touch the failings of the good and the eminent with tenderness. -Anna Seward

There's nothing wrong with failing if you learn from it, and I've failed out here plenty. -Trent Dilfer

While Taliban fighters had an initial claim to protection under the conventions, they lost POW status by failing to obey the standards of conduct for legal combatants: wearing uniforms, a responsible command structure, and obeying the laws of war. -John Yoo

I know if I don't tour people will forget the record and you run a high risk of the record failing. -Daniel Johns

The humor is essentially dark for a cartoon and sophisticated. But at the same time, being a cartoon gives the writers more freedom than in a normal sitcom. It always pushes the line that, despite human failings, the Simpsons are really decent people. -Dan Castellaneta

So if I was dating somebody now and the relationship didn't work out, I'd take that as failing. -Gavin DeGraw

It's always unfortunate when a reporter is sent behind bars for failing to turn over sources. There's no way to say what the long-term outcome will be. -Judy Woodruff

If the president is failing to disclose material facts with regard to legislation being presented to the Congress on a question as important as war and peace, I think it does impair the level of trust that the House and the Senate have for this administration. -John Dingell

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. -Margaret J. Wheatley

Five years ago we were working on a new album when my health began failing. -Lou Gramm

We're failing our children with education, we're failing our environment. -Carol Moseley Braun

I went to college for one semester, and I took every subject I could, and I ended up failing. So I thought to myself, Ever since I was a kid, I've loved expression – and that's when I started thinking about acting. -Derek Luke

Iraq is a country that has been invaded. It's not a failing state that you want to help. It's a country that was functioning good or bad, with a horrible dictator, but you have invaded. -Lakhdar Brahimi

I think some parents now look at a youngster failing as the final thing. It's a process, and failure is part of the process. I would like it if the teacher and the parents would connect more. I think that used to be, but we're losing a little bit of that right now. -Mike Krzyzewski

Our party's committed to tackling failing schools and cutting crime. -Francis Maude

I don't think any drug that can cause brain damage, failing kidneys, hardening arteries, pain, and suffering should be made available. -Layne Staley

But I always wanted my characters to be more than cyphers for the failings of their world. And I never had to look too hard to find a part of myself in them. -Douglas Sirk

One ends up relying on pure musical inspiration, and failing that, the music won't lead to anything good, or it will alienate all but the most die-hard fans. -Boris Vian

Sometimes when you start losing detail, whether it's in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite, you start to lose substance. -Benny Goodman

But the fact a person denies that he is theorising is no reason for taking him at his word and failing to investigate what implicit theory is involved in his statements. -Talcott Parsons

As I said there is nothing wrong with failing. Pick yourself up and try it again. You never are going to know how good you really are until you go out and face failure. -Henry Kravis

The third group is focused on counterintelligence and security. I think the reason for that is fairly evident, in terms of vulnerabilities of the department and the harm that can come to it by failing to detect when we have, in fact, been harmed. -Stephen Cambone

Meanwhile after failing the bar twice, I knew some people in New York and moved here in August '71. -Robert Quine

It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death. -Elijah Cummings

All the characters in my films are fighting these problems, needing freedom, trying to find a way to cut themselves loose, but failing to rid themselves of conscience, a sense of sin, the whole bag of tricks. -Michelangelo Antonioni

After failing four times and after working for other people and realizing that nobody paid attention to the food like they should have, we wanted to just pay attention to the food and service. -Paul Prudhomme

I really do believe that if you don't challenge yourself and risk failing, that it's not interesting. -Julie Taymor

I decided to become an actor because I was failing in school and I needed the credits. -Dustin Hoffman

Working together, they will dig out the truth and nothing but the truth about what happened in '99, to assign responsibility, and to look at the institutional failings. -Jose Ramos-Horta

The streets and alleys of the ward were notoriously filthy, and the contractors habitually neglected them, not failing, however, to draw their regular payments from the city treasury. -Ray Stannard Baker

Everyone is your best friend when you are successful. Make sure that the people that you surround yourself with are also the people that you are not afraid of failing with. -Paula Abdul

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. -Julie Andrews

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings. -Jean de la Bruyere

By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. -Christopher Columbus

I was kind of scared of failing at acting. -James Franco

Ah, beware of snobbery; it is the unwelcome recognition of one's own past failings. -Cary Grant

If my duty does involve heralding His law in every arena, then the Church in America is failing radically today. -Randall Terry

Ideas are not thoughts; the thought respects the boundaries that the idea ignores thereby failing to realize itself. -Franz Grillparzer

One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them. -Thomas Sowell

Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools. -Alexander Pope

Better than succeeding little by little is failing at one go. -Jose Bergamin

We're failing when it comes to controlling spending. -Lindsey Graham

If the government is going to mandate levels and punish schools for failing, they should send that money to the school system. -Robert Duncan

By failing to keep their end of the bargain, the Bush administration would allow New Jersey projects to deteriorate and make New Jersey highways and bridges less safe. -Bob Menendez

You know, Hoosiers recognize pork when we see it. And they recognize what bailing out every failing business in America means – We're burying generations under a mountain range of debt. -Mike Pence

Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society. The higher the tax level, the greater the failure. A centrally planned totalitarian state represents a complete defeat for the civilized world, while a totally voluntary society represents its ultimate success. -Mark Skousen

I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions… the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast. -Colin Firth

By failing seriously to confront the most predicable economic crisis in our nation's history, the President's policies are committing us and our children to a diminished future. -Paul Ryan

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 have failed by default. -J. K. Rowling

It's easier to do Shakespeare than Spelling, and I know that sounds crazy, because the challenge of Shakespeare is living up to Shakespeare, living up to that word, not failing, you know, where with Aaron Spelling it's like, just try to look good. Or maybe don't use Spelling there, that's bad. No – you can. He's dead. -Vincent Kartheiser

The real question for me is, do people have the tools that they need in order to make those decisions well? And I think that it's actually really important that Facebook continually makes it easier and easier to make those decisions… If people feel like they don't have control over how they're sharing things, then we're failing them. -Mark Zuckerberg

I think, generally, most people can't maintain anything that's particularly strict for very long. I watch people trying and failing to do that a lot. -Anna Paquin

Heads know that failing to invest in good, nutritious food is a false economy and parents won't tolerate reconstituted turkey being put back on the menu. -Jamie Oliver

I remember failing reading in school at a young age, and you just kinda get left behind and I felt helpless. -Kevin O'Leary

When I first decided to open a restaurant, I was turned down by several banks. It was the late 80's and many restaurants were failing. I refused to give up because I knew I had a good concept. -Emeril Lagasse

I'm cool with failing so long as I know that there are people around me that love me unconditionally. -Dave Chappelle

The entire time I was modeling, I was trying and failing at businesses. In fact, we would have started our business much sooner had I been more successful. -Kathy Ireland

There's something about being a comedian that means you have to not be scared of failing because failing is part of the process. -David Walliams

I was accorded the opportunity to learn by failing – albeit at the cost of a few honourable teachers' sanity – and now I realise what a rare and incredible luxury that is. -Arabella Weir

Boy's natural play is rough and tumble play, it's the universal play of little boys. And it's very different from aggression. And we are a society that's failing to understand the distinction. -Christina Hoff Sommers

What charitable 1 percenters can't do is assume responsibility – America's national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the repayment of its staggering war debts. -Stephen King

I have a character failing. I am quite incapable of identifying with anything whole-heartedly. Whatever I am doing, I am always planning to do something else. I would rather travel than arrive. -Stephen Bayley

There's no learning without trying lots of ideas and failing lots of times. -Jonathan Ive

Rocket science is tough, and rockets have a way of failing. -Sally Ride

And so whether it's failing to move forward on the Dream Act, failing to move forward on putting teachers back to work, failing to do all the things we could do right now to help the economy and middle class, this Congress is just saying no. -David Plouffe

As you know from school, it's when you have not prepared for the test that you have the fear of failing. And if you have prepared, even if you fail, you've done your best. -Alice Walker

Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams. Usually, it doesn't work out exactly as you might have imagined. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. He came back and changed the world. -Mitt Romney

When you're failing, there's a very powerful incentive to put ideology aside and just do what seems to work. -Fareed Zakaria

Obama sees everything backward. Where Americans see individual achievement, he sees government's work. Where we see failing companies, he sees innovation worth subsidizing. Where we see the need for economic growth, he sees a need for higher taxes. -Reince Priebus

What I'm trying to do is get this message out about self-empowerment, entrepreneurial spirit and true Americanism – the way we were when we changed the world, when Edison was alone, failing his 2,000th time on the lightbulb. -Glenn Beck

The TUC's new slogan 'a future that works' sets a profound challenge. Austerity and rapid deficit reduction is failing in its own terms, but even at its best it is short-sighted, muddle-through politics with no vision of a new economic model. -Frances O'Grady

If you are going to make companies, corporations, actually responsible for the safety of other people's lives, then if they fail in their duty, the only thing to prevent them failing in their duty is the fear that they would be put behind bars. -Nina Bawden

Whatever flaws or personal failings afflict them, it remains the case that the overwhelming majority of priests and politicians are honourable and honest – seeking to live out their beliefs and serve society. -Keith O'Brien

If you feel your school is failing you, the question is why. Is it a lack of parental involvement, large classes, school violence, poor learning environment? Are there any standards to determine where problems are? Are there tutoring or mentoring programs? If the school is still failing after 3 years then what are your options? -John Rowland

Work creates an enormous sense of self and I saw that in my mother. She was an enormous, towering figure to me in the best possible way. I picked up a lot of things from her in the way that I work… I also picked up a lot of the failings of when your father doesn't have those things and that results in a house that turns into a minefield. -Bruce Springsteen

Leaders know the importance of having someone in their lives who will unfailingly and fearlessly tell them the truth. -Warren Bennis

We cannot know the whole truth, which belongs to God alone, but our task nevertheless is to seek to know what is true. And if we offend gravely enough against what we know to be true, as by failing badly enough to deal affectionately and responsibly with our land and our neighbors, truth will retaliate with ugliness, poverty, and disease. -Wendell Berry

I hold no candle for George Osborne whatsoever. He has no strategic skills, is a hopeless chancellor, has no idea how most people have to live and his policies are failing and hurting millions. -Alastair Campbell

There's no more place in the euro zone for well-meaning laxness when dealing with deficits and failings. If the demands on Greece aren't taken seriously, we'll get stuck in quicksand. In the worst case, this would make it acceptable for one tranche to not be paid out. It is in the Greeks own interest not to test that. -Peer Steinbruck

Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It's also about mutual help, not about exploitation. -Paul Theroux

I lucked out when I started to sing. I'd already experienced failing at everything else. -Cyndi Lauper

Baseball is a spirited race of man against man, reflex against reflex. A game of inches. Every skill is measured. Every heroic, every failing is seen and cheered, or booed. And then becomes a statistic. -Ernie Harwell

What my father especially taught me was to not always take the safe road, the easy road. If you are going to do good work, you have to risk failing badly. -Natasha Richardson

I'd been shy since childhood, constantly full of self-doubt. And as an actor, I'd been so scared of failing that I made my career – and myself – a big joke. -Emily Mortimer

I'm most scared of failing, of disappointing people. -Rita Ora

There's something to be said for failing. It's not the failure you feel, it's the failure that people project when something disappoints. You're back to ground zero, where there's no expectations, and that's where I like to be. -Kevin Smith

Most of all I don't want to be bored. That's why I'd rather do something that has some sort of ambition, that risks failing, rather than make safer, more comfortable choices. -Steve Coogan

Whatever Romney's failings, he certainly doesn't suggest that the United States is teetering on the brink of a moral cesspool. -John Podhoretz

I am a responsible parent and have always provided for my children. That fact cannot be disputed. I have made mistakes in my life, but failing to care for my children is not one of them. -Jamal Lewis

I don't like failing at anything. -Liam McIntyre

The great thing about Los Angeles is that you can get so much money in this town by constantly failing. You can get a lot of television deals that don't go anywhere, but you still get paid. -Daniel Tosh

Scotland is my country, the nation that shaped me, that taught me my values. A nation whose achievements inspired and inspire me, a community whose failings drive me – drive my overwhelming desire to fight for social justice and equality. -Johann Lamont

What today's business reality makes clear is that brands cannot survive in a society that is failing economically, socially, ethically, and morally. -Simon Mainwaring

If 'Mystery Train' is my Nixon book and 'Lipstick Traces' my Reagan book, 'Invisible Republic' is my Bill Clinton book. I really liked Clinton. He made me proud to be part of this country again. For all of his failings, the way he put all that he'd done in jeopardy, I supported him from beginning to end. -Greil Marcus

One of the great failings of our education system is that we tend to focus on those who are succeeding in exams, and there are plenty of them. But what we should also be looking at, and a lot more urgently, is those who fail. -Michael Morpurgo

Whether it was turning around failing companies, rescuing the Olympics, or improving the business climate in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney has proven that he is ready to be president on Day One. -Tim Griffin

I like movies about failing. -Albert Brooks

I think as an actor, you're constantly putting yourself out there, and a lot of times failing – and failing in front of a bunch of people – and sometimes you have a good moment and something clicks. -Chris Messina

We've outsourced our memories to digital devices, and the result is that we no longer trust our memories. We see every small forgotten thing as evidence that they're failing us. -Joshua Foer

It was failing part of my Ph.D. that led me into novel-writing. By then I was 29, had remarried and had a second baby. It struck me that I'd lost my path in life and I felt frustrated. That's when I started to write. -Kate Atkinson

There is no getting around it; Congress is failing the American people. -Mark Udall

One of the darkest, deepest shames so many of us mothers feel nowadays is our fear that we are Bad Mothers, that we are failing our children and falling far short of our own ideals. -Ayelet Waldman

The stereotypical gay man is someone whose company I enjoy, someone who makes me laugh, someone I'd want my kid to be. The stereotypical gay woman makes me insecure, conscious of my failings as a feminist. -Ayelet Waldman

In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings. -Rupert Sheldrake

The thing about stand-ups is you can't really get good unless you're failing in front of a large number of people. That makes stand-up comedy unique: you need a tremendous amount of reserve within you to take the rejection from the audience, and without it, you can't do anything. -David Steinberg

Half of the modern world goes back as far as Pearl Jam. The real historians go back to U2. But they need to go back further. They have to go back to the '50s and '60s, where things started. That's how you get to be your own personality, by studying the masters. Rock and roll was white kids trying to make black music and failing, gloriously! -Steven Van Zandt

Yes, I first visited Korphe village, Braldu valley, Baltistan, Pakistan, after failing to summit K2 in 1993, and met Haji Ali, a long time dear mentor and friend. My second visit to Korphe was in 1994. -Greg Mortenson

I think at times I read too much of my own press. I wish I was better at taking in how great my life is, but that's surprisingly elusive. I tend to be very hard on myself and insecure about failing no matter what happens. -Seth MacFarlane

Kids who don't play are not just at greater risk of falling behind academically, but also of becoming overweight or obese, failing to integrate socially, and even engaging in criminal activity. -Darell Hammond

In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children's curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We are denying them opportunities to tinker, discover, and explore – in short, to play. -Darell Hammond

We are raising today's children in sterile, risk-averse and highly structured environments. In so doing, we are failing to cultivate artists, pioneers and entrepreneurs, and instead cultivating a generation of children who can follow the rules in organized sports games, sit for hours in front of screens and mark bubbles on standardized tests. -Darell Hammond

I'm single and looking and failing miserably. I'm keeping my options open. -Katie Leung

Filmmaking, like any other art, is a very profound means of human communication; beyond the professional pleasure of succeeding or the pain of failing, you do want your film to be seen, to communicate itself to other people. -Kenneth Lonergan

Every company needs to have a skunkworks, to try things that have a high probability of failing. You try to minimize failure, but at the same time, if you're not willing to try things that are inherently risky, you're not going to make progress. -Nolan Bushnell

Every proposal I'm making, every idea I'm advancing has a single, central purpose: to revive a failing economy and give working Americans the help and security they need. -Dick Gephardt

I need to stay in the present and use that new-age mantra: 'I'm okay right now.' But I worry about all the things I'm failing at every moment. -Jonathan Ames

One thing that I discovered about myself is I really don't like traveling. I feel like it's a terrible personal failing, but I was so satisfied to arrive at the conclusion. -Joshua Ferris

I grew up in a family that despised displays of strong emotion, rage in particular. We stewed. We sulked. When arguments did occur, they were full-scale conniptions, and we regarded them as family failings. -Koren Zailckas

There were about ten years of trying, failing, trying again, suffering rejection, etc. My first published book, 'Story of a Girl', was the fourth book I wrote. -Sara Zarr

I don't want to walk in the middle. I want people to read what I write and feel strongly about it. If, at some point, whatever I am doing is failing to elicit a response, whether it's very positive or very negative, then I am going to stop doing it. -James Frey

Permanent remorse about failing to do your human duty, in my opinion, can be worse than losing your life. -Miep Gies

Parents are perhaps the most common object of resentment, the people who are most frequently blamed for all our failings and failures alike. -Theodore Dalrymple

Drama's not safe and it's not pretty and it's not kind. People expect the basic template of television drama where there might be naughty villains, but everyone ends up having a nice cup of tea. You've got to do big moral choices and show the terrible things people do in terrible situations. Drama is failing if it doesn't do that. -Russell T Davies

There is a certain aesthetic pleasure in trying to imagine the unimaginable and failing, if you are a reader. -A. S. Byatt

Critics of American colleges typically attribute the failings of undergraduate education to a tendency on the part of professors to neglect their teaching to concentrate on research. In fact, the evidence does not support this thesis, except perhaps in major research universities. -Derek Bok

We live in a world of shifting values. The family is falling apart. Parents failing in what they ought to do. -Gordon B. Hinckley

Our overriding goal in restructuring our financial architecture should be that taxpayers never again have to save a failing financial institution. -Henry Paulson

When you see government leaders really bullying business, you know that government's economic policy is failing. They get angry and they get desperate. -Amity Shlaes

Hygiene is important. That's one of my failings. So I'm always being called on that. -Dan Aykroyd

The American Way is an amalgam of our compassion, our strengths, our failings and our attempts to build a better world, a more perfect union. -J. Michael Straczynski

I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus until I met my nanny, who helped me through a failing marriage and raising my two boys in a New York City apartment. She showed me by example what it was like to be able to talk to Jesus and bring all my cares and worries to Him. That was in 1990. -Kim Alexis

Although they are unfailingly gracious, evangelicals are not so good at respecting professional boundaries. -Hanna Rosin

If a severe pandemic materializes, all of society could pay a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of health care that works for all of us. -Irwin Redlener

I don't think anyone would look at Colombia today and say that it is failing. This positive outcome is an example of the effective application of smart power – it is succeeding. -James G. Stavridis

My first show was called 'I Know I've Been Changed' in '92. I tried to do this show for years and years. It kept failing over and over and over again. Every time I went out to do the show, nobody showed up. I was like, 'What is this about?' -Tyler Perry

Prayer provides an opportunity to remind oneself of how one should be living, our responsibilities to others, our own failings, and our relative good fortune, should we have it. This is, I think, a pretty worthwhile practice and it is not something you can only do if you believe you are talking to an unseen creator. -Julian Baggini

The greatest moral failing is to condemn something as a moral failing: no vice is worse than being judgmental. -Julian Baggini

The crisis of the fisheries is similar to our economy. This is not one fishery failing, but the whole system. -Daniel Pauly

In an age where everything and everyone is linked through networks of glass and air, no one – no business, organization, government agency, country – is an island. We need to do right by all our stakeholders, and that's how you create value for shareholders. And one thing is for sure – no organization can succeed in a world that is failing. -Don Tapscott

May the perfect grace and eternal love of Christ our Lord be our never-failing protection and help. -Saint Ignatius

I remember failing my Princeton interview. My mom wanted me to apply because ever since I was a kid she had this dream that I would apply to Princeton, but it was just not happening. -Tina Fey

If people are failing, they look inept. If people are succeeding, they look strong and good and competent. That's the 'halo effect.' Your first impression of a thing sets up your subsequent beliefs. If the company looks inept to you, you may assume everything else they do is inept. -Daniel Kahneman

I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption. I write about gratitude because I am thankful – for all of it. -Kristin Armstrong

I think the problem is that there has been a kind of backlash against feminism. I think women just didn't really see themselves winning that fight, and I think that probably led to a lot women feeling trapped in a perpetual cycle of disappointment – trying to be feminists and failing to be. -Romola Garai

Let's face it: Most of us don't realize it, but we are failing our kids as reading role models. The best role models are in the home: brothers, fathers, grandfathers; mothers, sisters, grandmothers. Moms and dads, it's important that your kids see you reading. Not just books – reading the newspaper is good, too. -James Patterson

I'm always afraid of failing. I have to quiet that fear if I'm going to get up in the morning. -Taylor Swift

Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road. -Albert Camus

I've had many failures in terms of technological… business… and even research failures. I really believe that entrepreneurship is about being able to face failure, manage failure and succeed after failing. -Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

While Hurricane Katrina demonstrated the dangers of failing to evacuate hospitals from the path of a storm, Hurricane Gustav demonstrated that moving thousands of sick people has its own risks. Gustav also highlighted a critical vulnerability of American hospitals – an inability to withstand prolonged blackouts. -Sheri Fink

Even when influential political and media figures vehemently complained about the criticisms I wrote, Salon's editors unfailingly stood behind my work. -Glenn Greenwald

If you only think of me during Black History Month, I must be failing as an educator and as an astrophysicist. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Sometimes women get devastated by failing. Athletes don't; they just know that means they've got to practise harder, and they've got to do something else differently. -Beth Brooke

In a way, a lot of my humor comes from presenting things that are dramatic or shocking and then people not having socially appropriate responses, having people denying the drama by failing to react to it, and that's a really classic form of humor. -Chuck Palahniuk

Men are destroyed for being rebellious, and women destroy themselves by failing to be rebellious. Unless you can make that next jump to either getting along with people or resisting people, you are ultimately destroying yourself. -Chuck Palahniuk

Just about every therapist or counselor or social worker is practiced in dealing with people going through failing relationships, ending them, and confronting issues of custody and support. -Laura Wasser

My years with failing vision have prompted me to learn about the nature of the eye and the incredible gift of sight, which I had always taken for granted until it began to slip away. -Henry Grunwald

If the library's rarest frequenters are the ones we'd like to see in them the most, then libraries are failing. -David Harsanyi

Health care is much the same – the status quo is, by all measures, failing far too many people – and we must not shrink from the challenge. -Michael Bennet

I have my strong views and opinions. I really want to transform Illinois government because this state is failing the taxpayers and the children. -Bruce Rauner

Government has a habit of blaming the private sector for its own failings while taking credit for advances we in fact owe to the private sector. -Thomas Woods

What I'd like to say is that I think the lives of every one of these little kids who are trapped in these unsafe and failing schools are too important, and I'm willing to take the abuse in order to help them. -James R. Leininger

I come from playing sports. I compete, so I gotta be better than I was last year. I gotta get better, and that better gotta come from just growing. From learning new stuff to working on it, experience it in life, and failing. -Common

When you're down and out, there's no meaner place to live than Hollywood. You can get away with your embezzlements and your lies and your murders, but you can never get away with failing. -Dominick Dunne

Whether it's mending a failing company, fighting corruption, tackling disease, or rebuilding a marriage, the hardest problems defy just-add-water remedies. Indeed, slapping on a Band-Aid when surgery is needed usually just makes things worse. -Carl Honore

I love faltering. I love, in a sense, coming up short. Because you learn nothing from success. You learn so much from failing. -Charlie Trotter

I seem to be failing in my intention to be as boring as I possibly can be for self-protection. -Tom Stoppard

I have never met a successful person who talked about failing. The glass is always half full. I don't even like being around negative talkers. -Sir Mix-a-Lot

It's true, most of my days are spent alone in a dark room! I don't really want anyone to see me trying and failing to nail the 40th take of a simple piano cue. -Steven Price

I went to a failing school, and by the grace of God, my mother was able to put me into private school, and had she not, I would probably be in a gang or dead right now, because that was the road I was going down. -Stacey Dash

Family issues and a failing career would be enough to consume most young actresses. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

It is much harder for economies to prosper if they cannot sell to, buy from, invest with, and even transit their neighbors. Landlocked countries with failed or failing neighbors can lose access to the world economy. -Robert Zoellick

It's – everybody's looking at the bottom line all the time, and failure doesn't look good on the bottom line, and yet you don't learn anything without failing. -Alan Arkin

We cannot continue to ask the brave men and women of our Armed Forces to put their lives on the line to protect our country while we jeopardize their safety by failing to ensure that Defense Department funds are not siphoned off to warlords in Afghanistan. -John F. Tierney

Businesses have come and gone at Homeboy Industries. We have had starts and stops, but anything worth doing is worth failing at. We started Homeboy Plumbing. That didn't go so well. Who knew? People didn't want gang members in their homes. I just didn't see that coming. -Greg Boyle

If somebody has an extreme amount of wealth and is not using it for some good purpose, only for their own enjoyment or satisfaction, then clearly there's a moral failing in the world in which we live. -Peter Singer

It was not me failing that I was scared of. It was failing those people back home who believe in you. They only delivered the newspaper once a week where I lived in Oklahoma, and those people lived and died with the box score of my games. -Johnny Bench

Americans like to get rich fast. That this means we go broke fast, too, is something that we have become very good at forgetting. Our ignorance of history is matched only by our unfailing optimism; it's actually part of our optimism. -Jill Lepore

You can't just pillory the teachers unions and sound the free market trumpet. We must visit the failing schools. We must talk to the mother who desperately wants more for her child and offer a constructive way out. We can't simply lambaste… food stamps or decry dependency. -Frank Wolf

About the only thing that I have – or had, because it's failing me lately – is my memory. I had a really good memory. I was always terribly protective of that fact. -David Rakoff

I don't believe in failing. I have dignity. -Alejandro Jodorowsky

The recent, single-year influx of unaccompanied minors from foreign countries into the United States is a direct result of President Obama's policies of encouraging amnesty and failing to enforce existing immigration laws. -James Lankford

I grew up in a family that despised displays of strong emotion, rage in particular. We stewed. We sulked. When arguments did occur, they were full-scale conniptions, and we regarded them as family failings. Afterward, we withdrew from one another and tried our best to strike the event from our memories. -Koren Zailckas

There are 30,000 days in your life. When I was 24, I realized I'm almost 9,000 days down. There are no warm-ups, no practice rounds, no reset buttons. Your biggest risk isn't failing, it's getting too comfortable. Every day, we're writing a few more words of a story. I wanted my story to be an adventure and that's made all the difference. -Drew Houston

When you're in school, every little mistake is a permanent crack in your windshield. But in the real world, if you're not swerving around and hitting the guard rails every now and then, you're not going fast enough. Your biggest risk isn't failing; it's getting too comfortable. -Drew Houston

We all have our strengths and our failings. -Hannah Simone

Obama was elected on a slogan of hope and change because both were in short supply: the military exhausted by two wars, the banks failing their public trust, the U.S. Congress a comedy of dysfunction, and a federal government that seemed designed to idle on the sidelines. -Nancy Gibbs

The scariest thing in my life is the first morning of production on all my movies. It's the fear of failing, the loss of face, and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through. -Tony Scott

We shouldn't be afraid to fail- if we are not failing we are not pushing. 80% of the stuff in the studio is not going to work. If something is not good enough, stop doing it. -Jonathan Ive

When I was young, it was difficult to imagine entering a world where my parents succeeded so much and I could have risked failing. It would have felt much harder. -Isabella Rossellini

We need to build on what we know works – local oversight of schools to keep a check on performance, timely interventions in schools to support those at risk of failing, and partnerships between schools to help each one to improve. -David Blunkett

Sometimes, when you look at an adviser's failings or perceived failings, I think the tough question you have to ask as a journalist is, 'What does this say about the president?' -Jodi Kantor

I think the best directors provide you with a safe environment where they can instill you with confidence and allow you to try things out and not feel like you're failing or that you're doing it wrong. -Luke Evans

If you can't compete fairly, honestly, effectively, no government should intervene. Now, some governments do. They prop up failing industries. -Hillary Clinton

Millions of people are asking for accountability, for responsibility, for truth from their elected officials, truth about how Obamacare is failing the men and women of America. -Ted Cruz

I read little nonfiction, but I have no boundaries about the fiction I relish. The only unfailing criterion is that I can hitch my heart to the imagined world and read on. -Scott Turow

I don't care about failing because I do not want to sit down in my older years and say, 'How come I didn't try?' -Tony Fernandes

You learn who you really are in a fight – what you're really made of. You have to face yourself and rise above your own fears and failings. -Tami Hoag

I don't get particularly friendly with new people at first go. Call that a strength or a failing, whatever. -Sanjay Dutt

Reading was my hobby, my sport and my activity of choice. It was the prime pleasure of my days, an unfailing escape from whatever realities were distressing me, and the only source of pride I knew, other vanities lying beyond my grasp. I couldn't do anything else well, but I could do words. -Cynthia Voigt

I'm pretty lowbrow. It's a failing. -Domhnall Gleeson

It is possible to take a population of students who are failing and whose schools are failing them, who are being written off as not being college material, and if they have the right support, they can all go to college and succeed. -Mitch Kapor

The strengths and failings of a relationship depend entirely on your ability to talk about your feelings. -Spike Jonze

I think it's unfair to say that Chinese companies are squeezing out American companies. China has so many solar companies that are failing, too. -Shi Zhengrong

Private equity funds a substantial amount of new businesses and is the source of capital to rejuvenate failing businesses, which are major drivers of job growth in this economy. -N. Robert Hammer

Despite failing to get bin Laden, the U.S. government and media portrayed the early Afghanistan war as a great victory. -Michael Hastings

I am proud of the fact that the U.K. is an open trading country. I welcome inward investment such as that of Nissan, and the takeover of struggling British companies by foreign companies who turn them around, as in the case of Jaguar Land Rover. I also accept that job losses sometimes have to occur to restore failing companies to health. -David Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville

We call the fates of the Titanic and the Concordia – as well as those of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia – 'accidents.' Foreseeing such undesirable events is what engineers are expected to do. However, design trade-offs leave technological systems open to failings once predicted, but later forgotten. -Henry Petroski

You are going to fail, and failing, for me, is as joyful as succeeding. Failing means that there is something to learn, and we can improve and do it better next time. -Sebastian Thrun

I am failing as a woman. I am failing as a feminist. To freely accept the feminist label would not be fair to good feminists. If I am, indeed, a feminist, I am a rather bad one. I am a mess of contradictions. -Roxane Gay

I have accused L.B. Management of failing to report to me, and I've told L.B. Management the money is missing, and it could very well be embezzled. -Jeff Greene

Unlike Chicago or New York, small-town Minnesota did not allow a man's failings to disappear beneath a veil of numbers. People talked. Secrets did not stay secret. -Tim O'Brien

I was interested in political failure here in the U.S. The way we're failing to work together to solve even our smallest problems, let alone the complex ones. -Paolo Bacigalupi

Only the Liberal Democrats have probed the government's failings consistently, thoroughly and effectively. -Charles Kennedy

I feel the political failings of the U.S.A. are presidential in length, but the aspirant narrative of the States is millennial in length. -Jim Crace

The facts are clear. Obamacare is failing the American people. -Kevin McCarthy

When kids start school, families often have little choice over where they can go. Sometimes, children are forced into a failing school simply because their parents live in a certain district, and that school is the only option. -Kevin McCarthy

SpaceX does seem to have had a run of bad luck, with its first three launches all failing. -Henry Spencer

Large solid rockets have never been a very good way to build launchers that might have crews on top, especially because of the problems in getting the crew away from a failing launcher. -Henry Spencer

You no more have the right to risk others by failing to vaccinate than you do by sending your child to school with a hunting knife. Vaccination isn't a private choice but a civic obligation. -Nicholas Kristof

Too often, wealthy people born on third base blithely criticize the poor for failing to hit home runs. The advantaged sometimes perceive empathy as a sign of muddle-headed weakness rather than as a marker of civilization. -Nicholas Kristof

When Dickens arrives in the United States in November of 1867, he's already in questionable health. So by the end of the trip, he was really in failing condition, and really, he would never recover completely after this point, and you could sort of draw a straight line to his ultimate decline and death. -Matthew Pearl

The DCU Constantine has to be the guy we know and love, with his same failings – otherwise what's the point of using him? But as I'm writing him, he's younger and has perhaps been through a bit less than the battered, aging old sod we meet in Vertigo. -Peter Milligan

I was not much interested in school, and both at secondary school and at university, I only just scraped through, with as little effort as I judged possible without failing. -Nikolaas Tinbergen

Regulatory failings mean that the cost of breaking the law is far below that of obeying it – businesses are happier to pay fines than to control pollution. -Ma Jun

I kept trying to write these books that were sort of outside of my realm, and I kept failing. -Patrick deWitt

I'm my own boss, my own editor, my own shooter, my own writer, everything. This is all stuff I learned through trial and error… failing at a lot of things has taught me how to succeed at them eventually… you roll with the punches. -Lilly Singh

Expanding a failing, big-government program that reduces flexibility for the states and traps generations of Americans in dependency is not consistent with the kind of conservative solutions that Reagan sought during his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. -Edwin Meese

There is a huge difference between failing and failure. Failing is trying something that you learn doesn't work. Failure is throwing in the towel and giving up. True success comes from failing repeatedly and as quickly as possible, before your cash or your willpower runs out. -Jay Samit

'Bush v. Gore' gave us a president who lost the popular vote, eventually appointed two more justices, and led us into a war of choice while failing to regulate a financial system dependent on toxic mortgage-backed derivatives. -Marvin Ammori

There's a silly notion that failure's not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough. -Elon Musk

I think, as an actor, it is good to feel the fear of failing miserably. I think you should take that risk. Fear is a necessary ingredient in everything I do. But if I do 'Hamlet,' it will probably be in a small theater on a small stage, and it will have to be very, very soon because I'm getting a little long in the tooth for it. -Johnny Depp

I would replace most foreign aid with a tax credit for businesses to invest. I think U.S. bureaucrats giving foreign bureaucrats money is a guaranteed failure. And we've had about 50 years' experience at failing with foreign aid. -Newt Gingrich

I think it goes back to whether or not race and class – that is, race and poverty – is not becoming even more of a constraint. Because with the failing public schools, I worry that the way that my grandparents got out of poverty, the way that my parents became educated, is just not going to be there for a whole bunch of kids. -Condoleezza Rice

I know there's pros and cons to Trump, and people talk crap that he's had a lot of failed businesses, but failing a lot sometimes means you've tried more. And a lot of those people have succeeded more times than they failed. -Miesha Tate

London has always moved and surprised me, reinventing itself in ways both fresh and familiar. It's a contrary, complex and creative city, an anarchist of a thousand faces – fickle and unfailing, tender and bleak, ambitious and callous. -Rory MacLean

Too much of British business and industry feels similarly secure in the warm embrace of the European single market and is failing to recognise that today's great export opportunities lie in the developing world, particularly in Asia. -Nigel Lawson

We will make the law clearer on parents' liability for failing to prevent their child being subjected to FGM, and we are working to improve the police response. -Theresa May

I think we would be dead and gone if we were just mostly failing. -Satya Nadella

Elite colleges like Stanford are extremely inaccessible. They're failing in their mission to provide access. -Sebastian Thrun

There's something called, 'resolution authority,' which gives the government the power to takeover a failing bank – something they didn't have pre-Lehman Brothers. -Andrew Ross Sorkin

Most students of Kissinger find it hard to say anything about Kissinger that isn't about the man himself. He is such an outsize figure that he eclipses his own context, leading his many biographers, critics, and admirers to focus nearly exclusively on the quirks of his personality or his moral failings. -Greg Grandin

After I won Miss India, I realised I do not like failing. I just like being the best. I hate being a loser. So I just have to keep winning. -Priyanka Chopra

I grew up in an era where the record companies just sold records to everybody, and the whole family bought songs. Today, record companies are failing because they are putting their accent just on the young, and I think that's rather silly. -Tony Bennett

I'm just shocked and thankful that I've gotten away with everything – experimenting here, trying at this, failing at that, being good in some things, not so good in others. It's kind of amazing that people are still sticking by me. When they come up to me in the street, I just want to write them all cheques. -Michael Keaton

A curious thing about this rarefied world is that bloggers are almost unfailingly contemptuous toward everyone except one another. -George Packer

I stand with everyone who is sick of hearing about Washington cutting insider deals to their friends in business, politicians failing on their promises to fight increases in government spending, and more costly and complicated rules from Washington that make everyone's lives harder. -Scott Garrett

It is indefensible that IRS Commissioner Koskinen has not been held accountable for failing to meet his legal obligations. This is exactly what the American people are tired of when they say that our government is on the wrong track. -Bill Flores

Mary's life was a perfect imitation of Jesus. She was humble, hidden, sorrowful and afflicted, but she also knew joys that never entered the heart of man. She is all things to all men that she might understand their failings, though she failed not. -Mother Angelica

If we can actually decrease the failure rate from nine out of 10 drugs failing in clinical trials and instead have seven out of 10 instead failing, that is a major victory for drug discovery and for people having better therapy. -Anne Wojcicki

There is something about a theatre room that is really like a laboratory for trying things and failing, because you have time to do that, and you can explore something deeply and discard it if it's not working. -Elizabeth Debicki

Leadership is failing. And Donald Trump is going to take a holistic approach to how we focus on these things, and he's not going to allow disparate activities in the communities to define everything. -Paul Manafort

I think I do have a sort of terrible propensity for boredom and for being bored, even though I am absolutely of the opinion that one shouldn't be bored and that there is no excuse for it and that it is a personal failing. -Geoff Dyer

If, by chance, you were to meet me at the Casablanca airport or on a boat sailing from Tangiers, you would think me self-confident, but I am not. Even now, at my age, I am frightened when crossing borders because I am afraid of failing to understand strangers. -Fatema Mernissi

Real parent engagement means establishing meaningful ways for parents to be partners in their children's public education from the beginning – not just when a school is failing. The goal should be to never let a school get to that point. -Randi Weingarten

I learn about history and religion and politics. It keeps me tuned in. If I hear something on the news, I'm like, 'Oh my God, this is what somebody is talking about in the play that I'm about to do in two hours.' The act itself – of rehearsing, failing, and still persisting and trying to create – keeps me curious, keeps me searching. -Bill Camp

I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker. -Stanley Kubrick

I fail every once in a while, but failing is your first attempt at learning. I'm not worried about it. -Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Most of the guys in the NFL would sit here and tell you we don't condone the abuse of a child, any sort of abuse of a woman, breaking rules, failing drug tests, or doing any of those things. We hold ourselves to a very high standard. -Benjamin Watson

I can make my own decisions, I can do the music I like. If I fail, it's me failing – you know. -Yandel

It is easy to lay the blame on successive governments for failing to address health as a fundamental right for the Indian people. But the real tragedy is that we, the people of India, have not taken our government to task for this catastrophic failure. -Vikram Patel

The only time I judge an actor on set is if they're not failing; if they get it right all the time, I start to question it. I feel like it's too easy. -Derek Cianfrance

I'm always looking to the next thing. There are always hurdles, whether it's the White House dinner or hosting charity events or that night's show: Until they're over, I worry, then I move right on to the next thing. It's hard for me to enjoy the moment. I'm just thinking about not failing. -Jimmy Kimmel

I believe if we only are talking to people who agree with us, we are failing in some way to understand our world and our country. -Gwen Ifill

While politicians may be forgiven for failing to predict the future – who can, alas? – it is amazing that they defiantly ignore the past. -Michael Korda

Prudence does not mean failing to accept responsibilities and postponing decisions; it means being committed to making joint decisions after pondering responsibly the road to be taken. -Pope Benedict XVI

Qualities you need to get through medical school and residency: Discipline. Patience. Perseverance. A willingness to forgo sleep. A penchant for sadomasochism. Ability to weather crises of faith and self-confidence. Accept exhaustion as fact of life. Addiction to caffeine a definite plus. Unfailing optimism that the end is in sight. -Khaled Hosseini

I was working the Gulf of Mexico on oil rigs, flying helicopters. I'd lost my family to my years of failing as a songwriter. All I had were bills, child support, and grief. And I was about to get fired for not letting 24 hours go between the throttle and the bottle. It looked like I'd trashed my act. But there was something liberating about it. -Kris Kristofferson

Membership in the closed society of the motion-picture industry is almost never revoked for moral failings. -John Gregory Dunne

Politicians are already exaggerated. They're bigger than life in every way – their appetites, their ambitions, their personalities, their failings, their magnetism. In a sense, they're made for fiction. -Ethan Canin

You don't have to be in pursuit of a body beautiful to wish yourself to be the flexuously willowy creature you once were or, failing that, just to be able to pick up something you have dropped. -Howard Jacobson

By failing to read or listen to poets, society dooms itself to inferior modes of articulation: those of the politician, the salesman or the charlatan… In other words, it forfeits its own evolutionary potential. -Joseph Brodsky

While the public school rewards failure by throwing more government money at failing school systems, the voucher system does the opposite. -Fabrizio Moreira

I grew and learned, journeyed and understood, that someone who is afraid of failing won't get anywhere, and someone who dares to do it runs the risk of failure if they don't learn, correct their mistakes, and get back up. -Fabrizio Moreira

Our educational establishment is failing; it is past time for courage, honesty, and action commensurate with the need, particularly here in the United States. -Campbell Brown

By 2013, at the age of 29, I was failing. I had left two good jobs in succession to complete a novel I'd been tooling around with since 2009, had enrolled in a graduate programme in Texas, as far away from home as possible, to finish it – and yet: what did I have to show for it after five years of work? -Karan Mahajan

Nothing shatters the relationship between you and your boss like you failing to meet expectations, deadlines, and goals. -John Rampton

Jews are frequently compared to the proverbial 'canary in the coal mine,' an enduring signal for when the world is failing to meet its obligations in tackling bigotry. It has never been clearer to me just how widely understood that truism is. -Ephraim Mirvis

Laureate is a highly leveraged failing investment whose principal beneficiaries are Wall Street fat cats and billionaires – and William Jefferson Clinton. -Roger Stone

The media is really failing the American people. -Ken Cuccinelli

There are times when what you do will be mysterious to everyone… times when you have to change directions before people are ready. Just because someone does something that critics don't like or understand doesn't mean you're failing as a musician. It probably means you're growing. -Jeff Buckley

Comedy is one of the toughest genres. It is so essential to get the timing right, failing which the humour can fall flat. -Jacqueline Fernandez

It's scary to imagine yourself failing. But I do know that in Bollywood, every Friday changes your destiny, and unfortunately, every Friday also changes the way people look at you. -Kriti Sanon

There's nothing to be scared of. We're playing basketball. The only thing that could happen is you failing. But as long as you're going hard, there's nothing to be scared of for me. I don't know what there is to be scared of. -Kawhi Leonard

Central bankers have had enormous responsibilities thrust on them to compensate, essentially, for the failings of the political system. And my worry is we don't have sufficient tools to do that, but we're not willing to say it. -Raghuram Rajan

My mother was a big influence. She kept pushing me because I was very shy and inhibited. And schoolwork was very difficult for me because I couldn't concentrate. I was failing almost every subject. To this day, I'm not too good at reading a book. But I was the president of my high school comedy group, and they treated me like a king. -Don Rickles

It is a proud tradition and fighting trait of our army and people to rise up like mountains and go through fire and water to unfailingly carry through the party's orders and instructions. -Kim Jong-un

Thanks to the great Juche idea and Songun politics of the Workers' Party of Korea and the devoted struggle of our service personnel and other people who are unfailingly loyal to the Party, proud victories have been achieved in socialist construction and lasting foundations for accomplishing the cause of the Juche revolution have been laid. -Kim Jong-un

The GFTUK is a powerful political instrument for training its members, including the working class, into Kimilsungists-Kimjongilists with unfailing loyalty to the Party and the leader and mobilizing them to implement the revolutionary cause of Juche. -Kim Jong-un

I believe in people. Human beings, deep down, are essentially good. Any jury can filter through whatever bull might be thrown their way and use common sense to get to the truth of a case. Juries make the right decisions, almost unfailingly, because people know right from wrong. -Kimberly Guilfoyle

I resolve to work with my colleagues to succeed in producing the good rather than failing to produce the perfect. -Thom Tillis

If, in schools, we keep teaching that history is divided into American history and Chinese history and Russian history and Australian history, we're teaching kids that they are divided into tribes. And we're failing to teach them that we also, as human beings, share problems that we need to work together with. -David Christian

I found my style and how I like to do makeup from trying and failing and trying and failing again, and unfortunately, I had to do it publicly to figure it out. -Kat Graham

It's very unfortunate to see the amount of obstruction the Democrats have put forward. There has not been a point since the beginning of President Trump's term that they have said, 'Let's come to the table. Let's work with you.' Even when they see their own constituents suffering because of their failing healthcare. -Ronna McDaniel

Most people don't really do too many things because they're afraid they'll fail. There are people failing all the time, all around you. And nobody is going to notice your failure. Your failure is not going to be so spectacular that people write news stories about it. Your failure will be boring. -Kumail Nanjiani

When most people think of economists, they think of macro-economists. Macro-economists try to describe or – even harder – predict the movements of a hugely dynamic system. They're like a transplant surgeon trying to simultaneously transplant every failing organ in someone's body. -Stephen J. Dubner

When trying to innovate, most people stop after 10-15 possibilities, failing to recognize that their first ideas are usually the most obvious ones. -Adam Grant

As a scientist in charge of space sensors and entire space missions before I was at NASA, I myself was involved in projects that overran. But that's no excuse for remaining silent about this growing problem or failing to champion reform. -Alan Stern

As a society, we're failing. In so many ways. Such high incarceration rates of underrepresented minorities ultimately means we're missing out on great potential from black and Latino communities. Yes, there's immense talent brewing even within the most impoverished neighborhoods. Talent is universal, but opportunity is not. -Christine Tsai

When I arrived in the summer of 2009 to command the war in Afghanistan, I entered an effort that was failing. Many Afghans, some ISAF coalition members, and much of the American public had lost confidence in both the trajectory of the war and our ability to correct it. -Stanley A. McChrystal

Americans from all walks of life have voiced their deep frustration with Washington's seeming inability to get anything constructive done. For decades, they have watched politicians talk a good game while failing to deliver. -Thom Tillis

If you can't get cell phone service in your living room, then your particular provider is failing you. You should have the option to find a network that does work. -Betsy DeVos

You can't just put a bubble over the Westside of L.A. and pretend like there aren't other problems. The way that we are failing the kids in this city through our education system has a profound effect on everybody in the city, and I'm not prepared just to turn a blind eye to that. -Casey Wasserman

When I am talking to someone, I can constantly see whether I am failing or succeeding. I am regulating what I am saying in terms of how I think I'm doing. I'm always searching for the truth of a subject or person, and I look at every meeting as a grand experiment. -Brian Grazer

We have a failing Medicaid system, and you know who that's going to hurt in the end are the most vulnerable in people in our society. -Luther Strange

Immigration is a federal issue. The failing of Washington to implement an immigration system that works for our families and our businesses – it's Washington's failure. For us locally in Colorado, it's really important that all people here feel comfortable with their local law enforcement. -Cary Kennedy

I agree that my single-minded approach was a failing in life, but if I upset people, it was never intentional – it was just the unfortunate result of a burning desire to get the best out of myself and achieve as much as possible. -Geoffrey Boycott

Our Samsung Medical Center has caused too big a pain and worry for the people by failing to prevent the infection and spread of MERS. I bow my head in apology. -Jay Y. Lee

Bailouts may have been more tolerable in the early 1990s when they were rare and their use for a failing bank was uncertain. That is no longer the case. -Jerome Powell

Just as sports teams recognize the potentially game-changing benefit of calling time-outs, failing to do so in matters of warfare is a surefire way to continue losing. -Pete Hoekstra

The need to challenge the status quo is just more obvious when you're failing than when you're succeeding. But it's no less urgent. -Edwin Catmull

If you continue to keep low performers on your team, that are actually dragging the team down; you're failing the whole team, and eventually, the whole team is going to fail. -Jocko Willink

When it comes to health care policy, we keep failing to take seriously the value of human relationships. The cost of this oversight is staggering. -Robert J. Waldinger

I'm much more interested in looking at our own failings than going to some faraway place and looking at their failings, thus making us feel good about ourselves. -Jon Ronson

When you see someone putting themselves out there, particularly when you see someone is failing and failing so passionately, it brings up this bittersweet connection to our mortality. -Simon Helberg

I have no problems with failures, I'm afraid of failing within myself. At times when I know I did something wrong, I don't sleep that night. I'm scared of facing myself. -Anushka Shetty

I've always said if I'm winning at one thing, I'm failing at another. -Shonda Rhimes

The shift for me, after spending a long time trying to take existing projects and bring them to fruition as a director for hire, is going back to where I started as a self-generating director. After trying and failing to get so many things made, I have decided that you've just got to do something you really, really love. -Miguel Sapochnik

Acting on the theory that sometimes luck is better than work, I randomly called several people named Dattilo in Kentucky. All were unfailingly polite, and none knew anything about a major with their last name who died in World War II. I also discovered that more Dattilos lived in Kentucky than I would have imagined. -Mitchell Zuckoff

We don't have the necessary laws or powers to deal with failing non-bank institutions. If they're a big bank, the depositor has deposit insurance, and the regulators can wind them down without throwing them into bankruptcy. -Henry Paulson

I never would wish technology failing on any sort of opponent or enemy. -Harper Reed

I'm very hard on myself. I think that drives me because I don't want to let people down or let myself down. That fear of failing drives me from being complacent. -Becky Sauerbrunn

Trump is in the White House, fulminating on Twitter, messing up foreign policy, mistaking critics for enemies, refusing to immediately and unequivocally condemn neo-Nazis, racists, and other assorted goons – and, in general, failing to provide the nation with a scintilla of moral leadership. This will last until it can't any longer. -Richard Cohen

The Arab Spring, with all of its failings and failures, exposed the lie that if we are to live, then we must live as slaves. It was an attempt to undermine not only the orthodoxy of dictatorship but also an international political orthodoxy where every activity must be approved by the profit logic of the 'ledger.' -Hisham Matar

I didn't have any idea of what I was getting into by going away to college. And I was scared. I was scared of failing. I was scared of it not being for me because I was going to be one of the first people in my family to go off to college. -Jacqueline Woodson

Self-destruction is such an interesting thing for a dramatist, and what's particular to Nixon is how human the failings were that led to his downfall. -Peter Morgan

We can no longer contemplate a world in which public or private sector funds are used to bail out or recapitalize failing firms. -Charles Dallara

Economic policy that adheres to the tenets of orthodoxy while failing to deliver for large sections of society is doomed to fail. -Arancha Gonzalez

The whole banking sector in Mexico was literally bankrupt. For whatever reason, instead of intervening in the sector or supporting the banks, the government expropriated them. We went through the very laborious period of selling the failing banks to the wealthy people of Mexico. -Jose Angel Gurria

I want kids to be able to escape failing schools that trap them. And it's an unequal trapping of children. The most affluent find a way to escape. They move to a great suburban district or send their kid to a private school. The people who are trapped in the worst schools that have been terrible often for half a century? Those are the poorest kids. -Eva Moskowitz

Usually, if you notice good cinematography, then the cinematographer's failing. I try to make light feel like it's always motivated and natural in some way and hope that the lighting goes unnoticed. -Rachel Morrison

I always say if you're not failing, you're not trying. -Reshma Saujani

We have asked the government to start some discussions with us about how we can operate an unfiltered search engine in China, and failing that, we will have to shut it down, but – or do something else. -David Drummond

I was scared of failing, and I was scared of succeeding. I just wanted to be in a safe space and not grow too big or be too little. -India Arie

To me, if we're not failing a little bit, we're not trying hard enough. I think great cultures encourage risk and are tolerant of failure. If you don't do that, you're going to end up with a culture that is stagnant and not thinking about the next generation of products and experiences. -Brad Garlinghouse

I'm not afraid of falling or failing, because I've failed many times, and I learned from them. -Max Aaron

I had to go through so much trial and error to get all the whack-ness out of my system as a kid. I think everybody has to do that. You have to go through a period of failing in order to get better at it – whatever you're doing. -Poo Bear

In my years, I had the opportunity to observe peoples and countries. I see some countries doing well, others failing, and my analysis of things is that whether you fail or succeed is a function of your value system. -Mahathir Mohamad

As a society, we're failing to recognize something my dad knew to be true – that kindness is the greatest show of strength. Too often, we are led to believe that strength is best demonstrated by exerting dominance or superiority over others, while kindness is portrayed as the opposite – a sign of weakness. -Daniel Lubetzky

Science is the practice of failing repeatedly but learning as you go. -Hilary Mason

The worst thing you can say about libertarians is that they are intellectually immature, frozen in the worldview many of them absorbed from reading Ayn Rand novels in high school. Like other ideologues, libertarians react to the world's failing to conform to their model by asking where the world went wrong. -Jacob Weisberg

You may or may not agree with Obama's policy prescriptions, but they are, by and large, serious attempts to deal with the biggest issues we face: a failing health care system, oil dependency, income stagnation, and climate change. -Jacob Weisberg

Twenty is a hard time. It doesn't matter what profession you're in or how much experience you have, you're always going to be haunted by this feeling of failing. It's terrifying. -Ella Purnell

When I met my wife, I was focused on making money but failing miserably. -Adam Neumann

Despite claims that there are good and bad cops, we know that the system is failing everyone – including the police. -Opal Tometi

I think once I had lived life, once I had failed enough in this lifetime and got back up a thousand times from failing, I really connected to the blues. -Fantastic Negrito

Even the best comedians aren't always sure what is going to be funny, what is going to work. So that means they're constantly and trying and failing in order to get there. -Phoebe Robinson

When I was in my twenties, I strongly identified with Jane Austen's 'Emma' – her human failings mixed with a desire to do good. -Amanda Foreman

Living in Chicago, you have got to not be afraid about failing at something. -Valee

When you are having a rough day… you think you are failing. But failure is a part of life. It's about building character and growing. -Nick Foles

I think failing the qualifying or the 11-plus actually hurt me more than I realised. After I'd become a professor of physics at the Open University, I suddenly thought, 'This is a bit silly.' So I suddenly became much more open about it. But I think probably I was hurt by the failure and didn't want to talk about it. -Jocelyn Bell Burnell

My big brother Ryan was funny and unfailingly kind. He was one of the most talented musicians you might encounte, and had a prodigious ability to pick up any instrument and play it by ear within the span of a single day. -Rachel Hollis

We're living in a world where international governance is failing to overcome borders, but technology is succeeding in removing them. -Taavet Hinrikus

I like winning or losing, failing or succeeding on my own merit. -CM Punk

I was like a hermit; I didn't really have a lot of homies I would kick it with. I was in high school, I was failing all my classes, and I wanted to make music. -Cuco

Nobody gets to the top without failing. -Jen Sincero

There is a lurking sense that there is a kind of seedy corruption underlying a lot of public life today. But while journalism does a very good job of describing that corruption, it is failing to bring it into a bigger focus. To explain what it is all about. -Adam Curtis

I'm really scared of failing. -Giannis Antetokounmpo

A father who is distracted for a few minutes by his myriad interests and obligations in the world of adult interactions is being, well, a father. A mother who does the same is failing her children. -Kim Brooks

In the worst of our recession, bars were making money. Every bar can make money. If they're failing, it's not because of the president or Congress or Ukraine. It's because of them. And if you own failure, then you'll own success. -Jon Taffer

When I meet with people who are ineffective managers with failing businesses, I can't change what they do – I have to change the way they think. -Jon Taffer

Nine out of ten people who are failing blame their failure on somebody else. And that is the common denominator of failure. -Jon Taffer

You've always six teams who are trying to win the title, and the other five have failed. But by word of saying it, it's not failing; it's just the way it is. The last two years, we didn't win it, so it wasn't good enough, but if now we win it, the other teams will say the same. -Kevin De Bruyne

'Bad' health, in a thousand different forms, is used as an excuse for failing to do what a person wants to do, failing to accept greater responsibilities, failing to make more money, failing to achieve success. -David Joseph Schwartz

For years, young adults have adopted extremely liberal world views in their attempts to be different, ultimately failing to see the irony that they've all become the same. -Steven Crowder

I'm OK with failing. You've got to fail in life in order to get better. I'm going to be fine. -Markelle Fultz

It's rare that you sit down for an episode of 'Psych' and think, 'Oh, that was just okay.' For the most part, we're either really knocking the ball around, or we're striking out and failing miserably, but you don't ever want to be anywhere in between. -James Roday

When I was thirteen years old, and we had just moved to Germany, I definitely felt I was missing out on normal teenage life. I was watching my old school friends from Canada grow up without me while I was in Germany trying to learn the language and trying to pass each year without failing. -Alice Merton

With the feminist movement – a good movement which I support – there's been more overt criticism of the male, an attitude that men are failing to understand the finer nature of women, failing to appreciate their needs, failing to support them, failing to be compassionate. -Steven Berkoff

Good people are always forgiving. They close an eye to one's failings. -Marco Pierre White

I cannot hide being sorry for failing to move to Juventus. -Edin Dzeko

Give yourself ten years of failing with a smile on your face. If, after ten years, you still have the passion, you're heading to success! -Walshy Fire

The day the audience feel they are watching Parvathy instead of the character, that would be me failing as an actor. -Parvathy

Because such a massive part of stand-up is trying and failing first, I'm not putting as much pressure on. Just going out and doing it is enough. -James Acaster

The success or failing in one competition doesn't define you, and that is one thing that any sports would teach you. -Sandeep Singh

I don't mind failing, because I see it as an opportunity to try again and eventually succeed. Having this attitude and sharing it with young girls encourages them. -Logan Browning

We had a lot of close games; we were losing games. Failing in those opportunities – when the game was close? And we needed a bucket or a stop? I wasn't able to come through. It's just… something that you get comfortable with as time goes on. You're OK with failing, as long as you're trying as hard as you can. -Khris Middleton

My personal belief is that there's not much value in showing things from the past that have no relevance to today or failing to connect some kind of dotted line to where we are today, because otherwise, it just becomes homework. -Craig Mazin

Don't be afraid to look silly. You are only holding yourself back if you are afraid of looking silly or failing. -Aisling Bea

The fear of failing… not quite the fear of failing, but the uncertainty of whether you are going to perform or not, is there every single game I have played in my life. It will always be there. -AB de Villiers

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