You always pass failure on the way to success.
A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -- I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders.