Quotes about failure

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„The thieves may be able to follow the design plans and produce a loom. But we are modifying and improving our looms every day. They do not have the expertise gained from the failures it took to produce the original. We need not be concerned. We need only continue as always, making our improvements.“

—  Kiichiro Toyoda Japanese businessman 1894 - 1952

Kiichiro Toyoda in The Toyota Way, 2001: Quoted in: "Toyota quotes," New York Times, Feb. 10, 2008.
Comment by Kiichiro Toyoda after thieves had stolen the plans for a new loom from his father's workshop.

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Emil M. Cioran photo
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„Is the proposed operation likely to succeed?
What might be the consequences of failure?
Is it in the realm of practicability in terms of matériel and supplies?“

—  Chester W. Nimitz United States Navy fleet admiral 1885 - 1966

"Three favorite rules of thumb" Nimitz had printed on a card he kept on his desk, as quoted in LIFE magazine (10 July 1944)

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„The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.“

—  John Wooden American basketball coach 1910 - 2010

Source: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

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John Wooden photo

„You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes“

—  John Wooden American basketball coach 1910 - 2010

Source: Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organizaion

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„Self-belief does not necessarily ensure success, but self-disbelief assuredly spawns failure.“

—  Albert Bandura, book Self-Efficacy

[Self-efficacy: The exercise of control, Bandura, Albert, w:Albert Bandura, 1997, W. H. Freeman, New York, 9780716728504, http://books.google.com/books?id=eJ-PN9g_o-EC&printsec=frontcover&dq=bandura+isbn:9780716728504&hl=en&ei=HAwYTbKsLpTmsQPp8cCPCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false] (p. 77)

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„I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities.“

—  Ayn Rand, book Anthem

Variant: Know what you want in life and go after it. I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities.
Source: Anthem

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