Management development providers GNP publish a monthly set of handy 'quotable quotes' for anyone to use in presentations, speeches or training sessions. Arranged into 100 'themes' including vision, change, leadership, teamwork, communication, motivation and innovation, TrainingZONE has arranged to bring you the quotes on a regular basis. Below are the second set, on the theme of 'failure'.
"If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative."
Woody Allen, US film actor, director (b.1935)
"The most important of my discoveries have been suggested by my failures."
Humphrey Davy, British chemist (1778-1829)
"Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success."
John Keats, British poet (1795-1821)
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail."
Confucius, Chinese philosopher, teacher (551-479 BC)
"If you want to succeed, double your failure rate."
Thomas J Watson, US businessman, founder of IBM (1874-1956)
"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with some rain."
Dolly Parton, US singer, actress (b.1946)
"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."
George S Patton, US general (1885-1945)
"If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may make a fresh start at any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."
Mary Pickford, US actress (1893-1979)
"Failure is the opportunity to start again more intelligently."
Henry Ford, US automobile manufacturer, engineer (1863-1947)
And finally, Murphy says...
"A man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone he can blame it on."
All quotations drawn from '1000 GREAT QUOTATIONS for Business, Management & Training' published by GNP Ltd.