But the thing is...if you never quit - you can never fail. More bromides here . Awesome list. Some of my favorites: "There is something to be said for keeping at a thing, isn't there?" ~ Frank Sinatra "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." ~ Samuel Beckett Thomas Edison 's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn�t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." Michael Jordan and Bob Cousy were each cut from their high school basketball teams. Jordan once observed, "I've failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed."