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The Economist Book of Business Quotations by Bill Ridgers

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“Failure

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett, playwright (1906–89)

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you. All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.

Mark Cuban, businessman and basketball team owner (1958–), How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It (2011)

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas Edison, inventor (1847–1931)

Failure is simply ...

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