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53 Comeback Quotes for Moving Past Your Failures

Published on March 11, 2020 7:10 AM EST
Comeback Quotes for Moving Past Your Failures

Failure is a natural part of any person’s life, and can only lead to a stunning comeback. These comeback quotes highlight what it feels like to bounce back from those failures that are so integral to success. You simply cannot succeed if you have not failed. Failure means that you’ve put in an effort—that you’ve tried.

What can we take away from our failures?

Failure guides us to success. When we fail, we are bringing ourselves one step closer to our dreams. The trick is to make a comeback from that failure. When you make that comeback, your success will only be so much sweeter.

Comeback Quotes for Moving Past Your Failures

Below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thought-provoking comeback quotes and sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Comeback Quotes About Learning from Failure

1. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door to the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” –Johnny Cash

2. “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis

3. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston

4. “The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal.” –Max Levchin

5. “Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.” – Robert Kiyosaki

6. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill

7. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

8. “Falling down is a part of life. Getting back up is living.” – Unknown

9. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

10. “Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.” –Napoleon Hill

11. “There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback—seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.” – Rachel Griffiths

12. “I am strong and life will never get me down, because the harder I fall, the higher I bounce.” – Unknown

13. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all. In which case, you fail by default.” – JK Rowling

14. “It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders.” – Ben Stein

15. “Embrace failure. Missteps and roadblocks are inevitable but are ultimately an opportunity to learn, pivot, and go after your goals with new perspective.” – Jenny Fleiss

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Comeback Quotes About Your Best Effort

16. “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos

17. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash

18. “The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is not to try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.” – Debbi Fields

19. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” – Nolan Bushnell

20. “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” – Henry Ford

21. “To me, failure means not trying; failure isn’t the outcome. If I have to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘I didn’t try that because I was scared,’ that is failure.” – Sara Blakely

22. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

23. “Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.” – Mia Hamm

24. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” – Mark Twain

25. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

26. “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal.” –Unknown

Comeback Quotes About Living an Important Life

27. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw

28. “How many people are completely successful in every department of life? Not one. The most successful people are the ones who learn from their mistakes and turn their failures into opportunities.” – Zig Ziglar

29. “Everybody keeps congratulating me on my resurgence and my big comeback. I haven’t been away, guys. I’ve been working steadily for the last 63 years.” – Betty White

30. “When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’” – Tom Preston-Werner

31. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” –Mark Zuckerberg

32. “I’m always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been.” – Billie Holiday

33. “As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.” – Steve Maraboli

34. “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the thins that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

35. “My mother always taught me never to look back in regret but to move on to the next thing. The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me.” –Richard Branson

36. “Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” – Albert Szent Gyorgui

37. “Making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity.” – Greg Lake

38. “If my life were a song the title would be ‘The Comeback Kid.” – Stephano Langone

Comeback Quotes for Success

39. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs

40. “I think I was very naïve early on, but that also meant I didn’t know what couldn’t be done.” – Matt Mickiewicz

41. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

42. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone

43. “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street

44. “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.” – Jeff Bezos

45. “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C Maxwell

46. “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide

47. “Each bruise is a lesson. Each lesson makes us better.” – George RR Martin

More comeback quotes to inspire you

48. “By making a comeback, I’m changing the attitude of people toward me. If I’d known that people would react so enthusiastically, I’d have done it years ago.” – Mark Spitz

49. “A career is a series of ups and downs, of comebacks.” – Steve Guttenberg

50. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.” – Pele

51. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

52. “Being an entrepreneur is all about fear: fear of failing, fear of making the wrong decision, even fear of success. The difference between succeeding and failing is how you choose to confront your fears.” – Chris Savage

53. “Learn how to handle rejection, work hard, and function outside of your comfort zone. Success will be yours.” – Gonzo Arzuaga

What did you learn from these comeback quotes?

Making a comeback is a natural part of any person’s success. These inspirational comeback quotes show what it means to take a failure and learn from it. There is no one person who has ever succeeded on the first try. Those comebacks are part of anyone’s journey past failure and toward success.

How can you make a comeback from your failures? Once you’ve failed, you’ve already completed step one of success: you’ve tried! That comeback will only come with trying more, and perhaps failing more. The main thing is to stick to your goals because your comeback is waiting for you.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these comeback quotes? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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