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200 Inspirational Stumble Quotes: Keep Going (2023)

1. You can use the stumbling blocks to build your success. - Lailah Gifty Akita


2. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you're knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can't or shouldn't go on.” – Hillary Clinton


3. Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.


4. Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens to stumble upon it. – Lord Byron


5. “Everyone faces defeat. It may be a stepping-stone or a stumbling block, depending on the mental attitude with which it is faced.”


6. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” — Charles F Kettering


7. “Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.” ~ Anais Nin


8. If you stumble, make it part of the dance.


9. “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand ” – Emily Kimbrough, US Journalist and Author


10. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering


11. ”The purpose of this glorious life is not simply to endure it, but to soar, stumble and flourish as you learn to fall in love with existence. We were born to live dear, not merely exist.” – Becca Lee


12. “People stumble over the truth from time to time,


13. “The people who love your Instruction enjoy peace — and lots of it. There’s no stumbling for them!”


14. “A few years ago, I stumbled upon the book How to Become a Rainmaker,3 and I like to review it occasionally to refresh my sense of the emotional drivers that fuel decisions. The book does a great job to explain the”


15. “How blessed it truly is, to stumble upon a soul that wants nothing but smiles and sunshine for you, for the rest of your life.”


16. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.… —Theodore Roosevelt”


17. Self-love forever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens … to stumble upon it.” ― George Gordon Noel Byron


18. ‘It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.’


19. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ” – Theodore Roosevelt


20. The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.


21. “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.”


22. “It was awful to be Negro and have no control over my life. It was brutal to be young and already trained to sit quietly and listen to charges brought against my color with no chance of defense. We should all be dead. I thought I should like to see us all dead, one on top of the other. A pyramid of flesh with the whitefolks on the bottom, as the broad base, then the Indians with their silly tomahawks and teepees and wigwams and treaties, the Negroes with their mops and recipes and cotton sacks and spirituals sticking out of their mouths. The Dutch children should all stumble in their wooden shoes and break their necks. The French should choke to death on the Louisiana Purchase (1803) while silkworms ate all the Chinese with their stupid pigtails. As a species, we were an abomination. All of us. Donleavy”


23. “So let me take some pressure off. Your problem is not discipline. Your problem is not organization. Your problem is not that you have yet to stumble onto the perfect schedule. And your problem is not that the folks at home demand too much of your time. The problem is this: there’s not enough time to get everything done that you’re convinced—or others have convinced you—needs to get done.”


24. You cannot keep determined people from success. If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping stones and climb to new heights. – Mary Kay Ash


25. “Sunday -- that airless graveyard that the brutalized week finally stumbles into and collapses”


26. “I never thought when I stumbled into the recovery rooms, 25 years ago, that I would be standing in the middle of this life I never could have imagined. I am peaceful. I am free and I am living.” ~ Sober and shameless, Kristina Wandzilak


27. “I never thought when I stumbled into the recovery rooms, 25 years ago, that I would be standing in the middle of this life I never could have imagined. I am peaceful. I am free and I am living.” – Sober and shameless, Kristina Wandzilak


28. “Over the years I’ve learned that a surefooted and confident mapmaker does not a swift traveler make. I stumble and fall, and I constantly find myself needing to change course. And even though I’m trying to follow a map that I’ve drawn, there are many times when frustration and self-doubt take over, and I wad up that map and shove it into the junk drawer in my kitchen. It’s not an easy journey from excruciating to exquisite, but for me it’s been worth every step.”


29. When you stumble, it means you have taken a step forward. It means you tried something new. It means you are engaged in a never-ending pursuit of wisdom and excellence, not perfection.


30. “If you come across any special trait of meanness or stupidity … you must be careful not to let it annoy or distress you, but to look upon it merely as an addition to your knowledge—a new fact to be considered in studying the character of humanity. Your attitude towards it will be that of the mineralogist who stumbles upon a very characteristic specimen of a mineral. —Arthur Schopenhauer”


31. “hope it gets you over that fear of conflict and encourages you to navigate it with empathy. If you’re going to be great at anything—a great negotiator, a great manager, a great husband, a great wife—you’re going to have to do that. You’re going to have to ignore that little genie who’s telling you to give up, to just get along—as well as that other genie who’s telling you to lash out and yell. You’re going to have to embrace regular, thoughtful conflict as the basis of effective negotiation—and of life. Please remember that our emphasis throughout the book is that the adversary is the situation and that the person that you appear to be in conflict with is actually your partner. More than a little research has shown that genuine, honest conflict between people over their goals actually helps energize the problem-solving process in a collaborative way. Skilled negotiators have a talent for using conflict to keep the negotiation going without stumbling into a personal battle.”


32. “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”


33. The definition of successful people is simply ordinary people with extraordinary determination. You cannot keep determined people from success. If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping-stones and climb to new heights. People who succeed have a goal, a dream and make their plans and follow them. – Mary Kay Ash


34. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” Charles F. Kettering


35. “You’ll stumble upon something you can’t stop thinking about, something more important than anything else. Make it the focus of your life.” – Maxime Lagacé


36. “To trace the history of a river or a raindrop is also to trace the history of the soul, the history of the mind descending and arising in the body. In both, we constantly seek and stumble upon divinity, which like feeding the lake, and the spring becoming a waterfall, feeds, spills, falls, and feeds itself all over again.”


37. Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith. – W.H. Auden


38. “To trace the history of a river or a raindrop is also to trace the history of the soul, the history of the mind descending and arising in the body. In both, we constantly seek and stumble upon divinity, which like feeding the lake, and the spring becoming a waterfall, feeds, spills, falls, and feeds itself all over again.”


39. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” -Lawrence Block


40. You cannot keep determined people from success. If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping-stones and climb to new heights.


41. “You cannot keep determined people from success. If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping stones and climb to new heights.” – Mary Kay Ash


42. “I’m thankful for my struggle because, without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” — Unknown


43. This year’s birthday will be a lot like your kid’s second birthday-a lot of stumbling around, eating and drinking too much and throwing up. Party on!


44. “ Is it the fault of wine if a fool drinks it and goes stumbling into darkness?” Ibn Sina


45. “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” – Anonymous


46. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”― Winston S. Churchill


47. “Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.”


48. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” –Charles F. Kettering


49. “When you procrastinate, you’re more likely to let your mind wander. That gives you a better chance of stumbling onto the unusual and spotting unexpected patterns.”


50. “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” — Joseph Campbell


51. “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” ~ Anonymous


52. “Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.”


53. “I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the white citizen’s councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice… who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”


54. A group of thirsty hikers stumbled across a crystal clear mountain stream and decided to take a drink. Alas, each of them got sick as a result. The life lesson? Never judge a brook by its colour.


55. Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. There will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones, it all depends on how we use them.


56. “Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.” — John Locke


57. Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. - Charles F. Kettering


58. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error.” – Theodore Roosevelt


59. “I may stumble. I may fall. I may cry. But I’ll NEVER give up! Tomorrow, I rise again.” – Steve Maraboli


60. “Don’t look—you might see. Don’t listen—you might hear. Don’t think—you might learn. Don’t make a decision—you might be wrong. Don’t walk—you might stumble. Don’t run—you might fall. Don’t live—you might die. I would like to add one more thought to this depressing list: Don’t change—you might grow.”


61. Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. —Winston Churchill


62. “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve to have a what-the-hell attitude.” – Julia Child


63. “In Success, defeat is but an incident. Obstacles, stumbling blocks, disappointment in ideals — these things weave into and form the Raiment to Success. For Success is a series of failures — put to flight. Learn to walk past Failure.”


64. “That child would stumble over the pattern in a rug.”


65. When I was little, I thought love was about red roses and expensive dinners…truth is, love is giving her half your fries when she said she wasn’t hungry. Love is waking up at 4 AM to her snoring and refraining from shoving her off the bed. It’s talking in accents just to make her laugh and trying to embarrass one another in public. It’s going on adventures and making fun of each other. It’s stupid fights and memorable makeup. Love isn’t pretty and romantic. Love is just stumbling through life with your best friend.”


66. I am thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled on my strength”


67. “There is nothing more tragic than when a Christian leader loses God’s anointing on his life by allowing himself to become sidetracked. There is no higher violation of God’s trust. For when a leader stumbles, others fall.”


68. “People have to realize that just because you’re a Christian, it doesn’t mean that you’re perfect because every once in a while everyone stumbles.” – Tim Tebow


69. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” — Charles F. Kettering


70. Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.


71. “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. —PSALM 37:23–24”


72. The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way in which we use them.


73. “How often do we stand convinced of the truth of our early memories, forgetting that they are assessments made by a child? We can replace the narratives that hold us back by inventing wiser stories, free from childish fears, and, in doing so, disperse long-held psychological stumbling blocks.”―Benjamin Zander


74. “When you procrastinate, you're more likely to let your mind wander. That gives you a better chance of stumbling onto the unusual and spotting unexpected patterns.”


75. You will stumble and fall, you will experience both disaster and triumph, sometimes in the same day. But it's really important to remember that like a hangover, neither triumphs nor disasters last forever. —Helen Mirren


76. “It was awful to be Negro and have no control over my life. It was brutal to be young and already trained to sit quietly and listen to charges brought against my color with no chance of defense. We should all be dead. I thought I should like to see us all dead, one on top of the other. A pyramid of flesh with the whitefolks on the bottom, as the broad base, then the Indians with their silly tomahawks and teepees and wigwams and treaties, the Negroes with their mops and recipes and cotton sacks and spirituals sticking out of their mouths. The Dutch children should all stumble in their wooden shoes and break their necks. The French should choke to death on the Louisiana Purchase (1803) while silkworms ate all the Chinese with their stupid pigtails. As a species, we were an abomination. All of us. Donleavy”


77. It’s a profoundly strange feeling, to stumble across someone whose desires are shaped so closely to your own, like reaching toward your reflection in a mirror and finding warm flesh under your fingertips. If you should ever be lucky enough to find that magical, fearful symmetry, I hope you’re brave enough to grab it with both hands and not let go.” ― Alix E. Harrow


78. Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” — Emily Kimbrough


79. “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” —Anonymous


80. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ―Winston Churchill


81. “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell


82. “Yeah, we may stumble, but we always land higher and get where we need to be.”- Jay Cutler


83. Every stumble is not a fall, and every fall does not mean failure. — Oprah Winfrey


84. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” ~ Winston Churchill


85. “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” ~ Emily Kimbrough


86. “Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens … to stumble upon it.” ~ George Gordon Noel Byron


87. “Nobody’s journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble. We all have setbacks. It’s just life’s way of saying, ‘Time to change course.’”


88. “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” – Emily Kimbrough (American Author)


89. “This embarrassing episode remains one of the most instructive experiences of my professional life. I eventually learned three lessons from it. The first was immediately apparent: I had stumbled onto a distinction between two profoundly different approaches to forecasting, which Amos and I later labeled the inside view and the outside view. The second lesson was that our initial forecasts of about two years for the completion of the project exhibited a planning fallacy. Our estimates were closer to a best-case scenario than to a realistic assessment. I was slower to accept the third lesson, which I call irrational perseverance: the folly we displayed that day in failing to abandon the project. Facing a choice, we gave up rationality rather than give up the enterprise.”


90. “You cannot keep determined people from success. If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping-stones and climb to new heights.” – Mary Kay Ash


91. “Little progress is better than no progress at all. Success comes in taking many small steps. If you stumble in a small step, it rarely matters. Don’t gift wrap the garbage. Let little failures go.”


92. “Be humble, or you’ll stumble.”


93. "Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” – Emily Kimbrough


94. “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” ~ Anonymous


95. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt


96. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt.


97. “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” – Emily Kimbrough


98. “We are all stumblers, and the beauty and meaning of life are in the stumbling.”


99. “Theodore Roosevelt’s powerful quote from his 1910 “Man in the Arena” speech: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”


100. When you stumble, it means you have taken a step forward. It means you tried something new. It means you are engaged in a never-ending pursuit of wisdom and excellence, not perfection.


101. “It is better to make many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.”


102. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt


103. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”


104. “Its so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That's above and beyond everything else, and it's not a mental complaint-it's a physical thing, like it's physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don't come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people's words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet.”


105. “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt


106. “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” - Julia Child


107. It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. —Joseph Campbell


108. “Do not stumble on something behind you.” – Seneca


109. “There’s nothing you can do now to change what has already happened. If you spend time worrying about it, you’ll lose sight of the present and stumble into a cloudy future. You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.” ― James R. Sherman


110. “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.”– Emily Kimbrough


111. “A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.”


112. “You will have to deal with a lot of stuff, but I want the devil to know that though the storms keep raging in my life, and sometimes it’s hard to tell my days from night. There’s hope that lies from within. If the storms don’t cease and if the winds keeps on blowing in my life, my soul has been anchored…you may see me cry sometimes. You may see me stumble sometimes, but you will never see me quit.” – T.D. Jakes


113. “If you come across any special trait of meanness or stupidity . . . you must be careful not to let it annoy or distress you, but to look upon it merely as an addition to your knowledge—a new fact to be considered in studying the character of humanity. Your attitude towards it will be that of the mineralogist who stumbles upon a very characteristic specimen of a mineral. —Arthur Schopenhauer”


114. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ― Winston S. Churchill


115. “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” – Unknown


116. The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.


117. “A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping — stone to the optimist.”


118. “People have to realize that just because you’re a Christian, it doesn’t mean that you’re perfect, because every once in a while everyone stumbles.”


119. “Oh, those warm days of stumbling words; blinded eyes, embracing in sweet slow dances and sipping courage from a bottle for sneaking kisses.” – Kellie Elmore


120. “That’s why Jesus could say about Peter, “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it,” only to directly correct and confront Peter just verses later: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” (Matthew 16:18, 23)”


121. It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell


122. “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.”– Jack Penn


123. The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.


124. “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. ” – Unknown


125. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” – Winston S. Churchill


126. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton


127. "I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” – Alex Elle


128. “stumbled upon the book How to Become a Rainmaker,”


129. “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path, and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”—Author Unknown


130. “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”


131. You cannot keep determined people from success. If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping stones and climb to new heights.


132. “Nobody’s journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble. We all have setbacks. It’s just life’s way of saying ‘Time to change course.’ ”


133. “Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.” — W.H. Auden


134. “You cannot keep determined people from success. If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping stones and climb to new heights.”


135. “In climbing, having confidence in your partners is no small concern. One climber’s actions can affect the welfare of the entire team. The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator’s colleagues as the perpetrator.”


136. “THE phrase Daring Greatly is from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic.” The speech, sometimes referred to as “The Man in the Arena,” was delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910. This is the passage that made the speech famous: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.…”


137. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” ― Winston S. Churchill


138. “We know when we are misemployed. We know when our talents and efforts are being misappropriated. What we don’t know is how open our supervisors are to hearing about it. As a result of this assignment we made some significant changes that brought about better alignment for the entire staff. Furthermore, we stumbled upon a new tool by which to uncover what our people were thinking and feeling.”


139. “I’m tired of being the girl who falls head over heels in love with the guy who barely even stumbles.”


140. Oh, those warm days of stumbling words; blinded eyes, embracing in sweet slow dances and sipping courage from a bottle for sneaking kisses. - Author: Kellie Elmore


141. “It is not the critic who counts. not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. or where the doer of deeds could have done better.


142. It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell


143. “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” - Julia Child


144. “My mother and my mother’s mother were as silly and stumbling as I am when they were girls… Still, the love from my heart is overflowing, as bright and crimson as the heated metal in a blacksmith’s forge.” – Kim Dong Hwa


145. Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn't mean they're lost forever.


146. Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.


147. “Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering


148. We only realize that we are strong when we stumble upon challenges in life, and there is no other way to overcome these challenges except to become strong and face them with all might.


149. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” - Theodore Roosevelt


150. How blessed it truly is, to stumble upon a soul that wants nothing but smiles and sunshine for you, for the rest of your life.”


151. “We are all stumblers, and the beauty and meaning of life are in the stumbling. ” – David Brooks


152. “This embarrassing episode remains one of the most instructive experiences of my professional life. I eventually learned three lessons from it. The first was immediately apparent: I had stumbled onto a distinction between two profoundly different approaches to forecasting, which Amos and I later labeled the inside view and the outside view. The second lesson was that our initial forecasts of about two years for the completion of the project exhibited a planning fallacy. Our estimates were closer to a best-case scenario than to a realistic assessment. I was slower to accept the third lesson, which I call irrational perseverance: the folly we displayed that day in failing to abandon the project. Facing a choice, we gave up rationality rather than give up the enterprise.”


153. Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.


154. Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains. - H. Emilie Cady


155. “A lot of brands weren’t secure in this mobile revolution that we’ve stumbled into, and the trust still isn’t there for many of them.”


156. “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” — Alex Elle


157. “How can we possibly act curious when others are either attacking us or heading for cover? People who routinely seek to find out why others are feeling unsafe do so because they have learned that getting at the source of fear and discomfort is the best way to return to dialogue. Either they’ve seen others do it or they’ve stumbled on the formula themselves. Either way, they realize that the cure to silence or violence isn’t to respond in kind, but to get at the underlying source. This calls for genuine curiosity—at a time when you’re likely to be feeling frustrated or angry.”


158. “History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. What is the worth of all this? The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor.”


159. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep the faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”


160. “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. —PSALM 37:23–24”


161. Self-love forever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens … to stumble upon it.” ― George Gordon Noel Byron


162. “Keep on going. and the chances are that you will stumble on something. perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”


163. “’I am thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled upon my strength.”-Alexandra Elle


164. “A few years ago, I stumbled upon the book How to Become a Rainmaker,3 and I like to review it occasionally to refresh my sense of the emotional drivers that fuel decisions. The book does a great job to explain the sales job not as a rational argument, but as an emotional framing job.”


165. We balance each other. When you stumble, I'll be there to steady you. When I trip, I know you won't let me fall.” – Unknown


166. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth. but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”


167. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”


168. “History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.”


169. “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” — Jack Penn


170. “The world is a wide place where we stumble like children learning to walk. The world is a bright mosaic where we learn like children to see, where our little blurry eyes strive greedily to take in as much light and love and colour and detail as they can.


171. We only realize that we are strong when we stumble upon challenges in life, and there is no other way to overcome these challenges except to become strong and face them with all might.


172. “You can use the stumbling blocks to build your success.” – Lailah Gifty Akita


173. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”


174. Be there when I stumble and when I fly.” – Unknown


175. “The one thing I know for sure is that feelings are rarely mutual, so when they are, drop everything, forget belongings and expectations, forget the games, the two days between texts, the hard to gets because this is it, this is what the entire world is after and you’ve stumbled upon it by chance, by accident––so take a deep breath, take a step forward, now run, collide like planets in the system of a dying sun, embrace each other with both arms and let all the rules, the opinions and common sense crash down around you. Because this is love kid, and it’s all yours. Believe me, you're in for one hell of a ride, after all––this is the one thing I know for sure.”


176. “Life is truly known only to those who suffer. lose. endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.” ~ Anais Nin


177. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”


178. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”


179. “During their lifetimes, every man and woman will stumble across a great opportunity. Sadly, most of them will simply pick themselves up, dust themselves down and carry on as if nothing ever happened.”


180. “It was awful to be Negro and have no control over my life. It was brutal to be young and already trained to sit quietly and listen to charges brought against my color with no chance of defense. We should all be dead. I thought I should like to see us all dead, one on top of the other. A pyramid of flesh with the whitefolks on the bottom, as the broad base, then the Indians with their silly tomahawks and teepees and wigwams and treaties, the Negroes with their mops and recipes and cotton sacks and spirituals sticking out of their mouths. The Dutch children should all stumble in their wooden shoes and break their necks. The French should choke to death on the Louisiana Purchase (1803) while silkworms ate all the Chinese with their stupid pigtails. As a species, we were an abomination. All of us.”


181. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” -Charles F. Kettering


182. Never forget that walking away from something unhealthy is a very brave thing to do – even if you stumble a little on your way out the door.


183. “Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. Always be cultivating a support network so that when you stumble — and you will — they’ll be there to catch you.”


184. “How often do we stand convinced of the truth of our early memories, forgetting that they are assessments made by a child? We can replace the narratives that hold us back by inventing wiser stories, free from childish fears, and, in doing so, disperse long-held psychological stumbling blocks.”―Benjamin Zander


185. “Probably the best punch of the whole fight was never landed. Muhammad Ali, as I was going down – stumbling and trying to hold myself – he saw me stumbling. Ordinarily, you finish your fighter off. I would have. He got ready to throw the right hand and he didn’t do it. That’s what made him, in my mind, the greatest fighter I ever fought.”


186. “And Hermione was struggling to her feet in the wreckage, and three red-headed men were grouped on the ground where the wall had blasted apart. Harry grabbed Hermione's hand as they staggered and stumbled over stone and wood.


187. “Who made this boy think I had time for him? Got me out here wasting all my good words. But then he smiles. Dimples popping out on both cheeks like billboards for joy and I stumble over my own feet.”


188. We may run, walk, stumble. drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.


189. “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.”


190. “Old friends, like old shoes, are comfortable. But old shoes, unlike old friends, tend not to be supportive: it is easier to stumble and sprain an ankle while wearing a pair of old shoes than it is in new shoes.”


191. “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.”


192. “Sometimes, we accidentally stumble into drama and refuse to look away. Refuse to be pulled aways to safety. We dive in to save those who did not ask to be saved and do not appreciate our intervention. Self-sacrificing moths to the flame of fire that was not intended to consume us. Walk away.”


193. The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way in which we use them.


194. “Little progress is better than no progress at all. Success comes in taking many small steps. If you stumble in a small step, it rarely matters. Don't gift wrap the garbage. Let little failures go.”


195. “Even if you stumble you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam


196. “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve to have a what-the-hell attitude.”


197. There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them. - Friedrich Nietzsche


198. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.


199. “but at the Lychgate we may all pass our own conduct and our own judgments under a searching review. It is not given to human beings, happily for them, for otherwise life would be intolerable, to foresee or to predict to any large extent the unfolding course of events. In one phase men seem to have been right, in another they seem to have been wrong. Then again, a few years later, when the perspective of time has lengthened, all stands in a different setting. There is a new proportion. There is another scale of values. History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. What is the worth of all this? The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor.”


200. “Be humble, or you’ll stumble. ”

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