J.K. Rowling, the now-popular author of the Harry Potter novels was once waitressing. Her novel was rejected by more than a dozen publishers before one of them accepted it for publication.

Thomas Alva Edison failed to stay in school for more than three months. He was ‘too stupid’ to be in school and fidgety as well. He went on to invent the bulb.

Many such people have failed only to succeed. So what made them focus on whatever they were doing and continue from the failure till they succeeded? Greatness, perhaps.

For mere mortals like you and me, here are 10 quotes on taking inspiration from our failures: