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7. Learn to Fail or Fail to Learn

 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.

– J.K. Rowling
Commencement Address at Harvard University, 2008

 You will have failures in your life, but it is what you do during those valleys that will determine the heights of your peaks.

– Rahm Emanuel
Commencement Address at George Washington University, 2009

 In life, the things that go wrong are often the very things that lead to other things going right.

– Arriana Huffington
Commencement Address at Sarah Lawrence College, 2011

 Nobody else is paying as much attention to your failures as you are… To everyone else, it’s just a blip on the radar screen, so just move on.

– Jerry Zucher
Commencement Address at Univ. of Wisconsin, 2003

 I found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks.

– Denzel Washington
Commencement Address at Univ. of Pennsylvania, 2011

 The person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to do anything.

– Paul Arden

 I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying… Fear is an illusion.

– Michael Jordan