In our area, we have a common saying that,

"Failure may make you feel bad, but humiliation is what make you work hard" (Sorry for my bad English translation)

Does English have any proper saying for the above example like proverb or something?

If not, please suggest me a better way to say that.

The above sentence is like my motto. So I want to say it proper and keep it. So your help will be extremely helpful to me.

Thanks in advance.

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Nothing directly the same. The only one I can think that comes close is:

If at first you don't succeed: try, try again!

There are several hundred quotes from famous people on the subject, though (some more famous than others). For example:

"It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure" - Bill Gates

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." (usually wrongly attributed to Winston Churchill)

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" (usually wrongly attributed to Winston Churchill)

"If you learn from defeat, you haven't really lost" - Zig Ziglar

"Winning isn't everything -- it's the only thing" - Red Sanders (but often wrongly attributed to Vince Lombardi)

This doesn't mean you can't say this cleverly in English. I'll have to make something up, though. How about:

Failure is painful, but there is no motivation like humiliation

Or more generic:

There is no motivation like humiliation

  • Your examples are all good. Thank you so much. It seems there is no quote available. Is my sentence good? Can u suggest a better / shorter way to say that?
    – Raj 33
    Nov 26, 2017 at 14:17
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    There may be a quote from a famous person that says something very similar, but there is no common English expression. How about "Failure is painful, but there is no motivation like humiliation"
    – Andrew
    Nov 26, 2017 at 14:21
  • This one is better Andrew. Thank you so much. I'm really satisfied with this quote.
    – Raj 33
    Nov 26, 2017 at 14:26
  • If you add the above in your answer, I will up vote it and make the question "answered".
    – Raj 33
    Nov 26, 2017 at 14:28
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    @Raj33 edited my answer.
    – Andrew
    Nov 26, 2017 at 14:35

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