Success Quotes

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Success Quotes Index

About Success
Barriers to Success
Building Blocks of Success
Do What You Love
Formula for Success
Humorous
Insightful
Inspirational
Key to Failure
Key to Success
Profound
Secret to Success
Success and Adversity
Success and Determination
Success and Failure
Success and Hard Work
Success and Perseverance
Success and Wisdom
Success Defined

About Success

"The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind."
~ W. Somerset Maugham

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Barriers to Success

"A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory."
~ Arthur Golden

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Building Blocks of Success

"Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture."
~ Lydia M. Child

"The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two: common-sense and perseverance."
~ Owen Feltham

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Do What You Love

"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally."
~ David Frost

"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate."
~ George Burns

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Formula for Success

"Look up, get up, and don't ever give up."
~ Michael Irvin

"Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil."
~ J. Paul Getty

"Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time."
~ Arnold H. Glasow

"Success is that old ABC - ability, breaks, and courage."
~ Charles Luckman

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

"Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success."
~ Thomas J. Watson

"Smarts and action are on the same side of the equation where the sum is success."
~ Garrett Hazel

"Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now."
~ Jonatan Mårtensson

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Humorous

"Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure."
~ Earl Wilson

"As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it's leaning against the right building."
~ Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Insightful

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."
~ Bill Cosby

"Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result."
~ Oscar Wilde

"Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction."
~ Al Bernstein

"Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good."
~ Joe Paterno

"The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way."
~ Dale Carnegie

"Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand."
~ Bruce Barton

"Success is a journey, not a destination.
~ Ralph ArbitelleIf you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success; if you don’t, you have achieved half your failure."
~ David Ambrose

"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. Courage is what counts."
~ Sir Winston Churchill

"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can."
~ Henry Drummond

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow."
~ Ronald E. Osborn

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
~ T.S. Eliot

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
~ Thomas Edison

"Success is your dreams with work clothes on."
~ Unknown

"The middle of every successful project looks like a disaster."
~ Rosabeth Moss Cantor

"Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving."
~ Dennis Waitley

"Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles."
~ Walter Cronkite

"The closer one gets to the top, the more one finds there is no 'top.'"
~ Nancy Barcus

"Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment."
~ Ross Perot

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Inspirational

"Success is falling nine times and getting up ten."
~ Jon Bon Jovi

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
~ Albert Pike

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened; vision cleared; ambition inspired, and success achieved."
~ Helen Keller

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."
~ Helen Keller

"Eighty percent of success is showing up."
~ Woody Allen

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Key to Failure

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
~ Bill Cosby

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Key to Success

"Action is the foundational key to all success."
~ Pablo Picasso

"Diligence is the mother of good fortune."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success."
~ Dale Carnegie

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

"Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential."
~ John Maxwell

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself."
~ Theodore T. Hunger

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Profound

"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year."
~ John Foster Dulles

"Try not to be a man of success, but rather to be a man of value."
~ Albert Einstein

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?"
~ Robert Schuller

"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."
~ Richard Bach

"Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one a second time."
~ Josh Billings

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Secret to Success

"One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"The great successful men of the world have used their imagination?they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building - steadily building."
~ Robert Collier

"The secret of success is consistency of purpose."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"The art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of our great men."
~ Captain J.A. Hatfield

"None of the secrets of success will work unless you do."
~ Unknown

"The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows."
~ Aristotle Onassis

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Success and Adversity

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."
~ David Brinkley

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Success and Determination

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."
~ Vincent T. Lombardi

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to."
~ Author Unknown

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Success and Failure

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success."
~ Dale Carnegie

"Failure is success if we learn from it."
~ Malcolm Forbes

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed."
~ Michael Jordan

"In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time."
~ Anthony J. D'Angelo

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
~ Winston Churchill

"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
~ George S. Patton

"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
~ Thomas Edison

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Success and Hard Work

"Success is dependent on effort."
~ Sophocles

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard."
~ Tim Notke

"Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it."
~ Author Unknown

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Success and Perseverance

"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown."
~ Ross Perot

"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."
~ William Feather

"The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success."
~ Irving Berlin

"Victory belongs to the most persevering."
~ Napoleon

"If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius."
~ Jospeph Addison

"There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'"
~ Carrie Fisher

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Success and Wisdom

"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune."
~ Jim Rohn

"Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom."
~ Euripides

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Success Defined

"Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals."
~ Paul J. Meyer

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."
~ Booker T. Washington

"The man who has done his level best... is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure."
~ B. C. Forbes

"There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way."
~ Christopher Morley

"What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose."
~ Margaret Thatcher

"When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, this is happiness, this is success."
~ Orison Swett Marden

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication."
~ Cecil B. DeMille

"Not every successful man is a good father. But every good father is a successful man."
~ R. Duvall

"Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds."
~ Charles Lindbergh

"Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration."
~ Evan Esar

"The man who makes a success of an important venture never wails for the crowd. He strikes out for himself. It takes nerve, it takes a great lot of grit; but the man that succeeds has both. Anyone can fail. The public admires the man who has enough confidence in himself to take a chance. These chances are the main things after all. The man who tries to succeed must expect to be criticized. Nothing important was ever done but the greater number consulted previously doubted the possibility. Success is the accomplishment of that which most people think can't be done."
~ C. V. White

"That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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