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42 Success Quotations

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


''Eighty percent of success is showing up.''
- Woody Allen


''It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.''
- Aristotle Nichomachean Ethics


''People fail forward to success.''
- Mary Kay Ash


''The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent. Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there.''
- Irving Berlin


''Why be a man when you can be a success?''
- Bertolt Brecht


''A minute's success pays the failure of years.''
- Robert Browning


''Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.''
- Dr. David M. Burns


''I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.''
- G. K. Chesterton


''Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.''
- Sir Winston Churchill


''The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.''
- Confucius The Confucian Analects


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


''The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.''
- Cecil B. De Mille


''Success is counted sweetest by those who ne'er succeed.''
- Emily Dickinson


''What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.''
- Bob Dylan


''Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.''
- Thomas A. Edison


''If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.''
- Albert Einstein Observer, Jan. 15, 1950


''Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.''
- Albert Einstein


''We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.''
- Dwight D. Eisenhower speech, April 2, 1957


''Whenever I hear, 'It can't be done,' I know I'm close to success.''
- Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance) quoted by Eric Celeste


''The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.''
- Jean Giraudoux


''My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.'''
- Helen Hayes


''Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.''
- Henry Kissinger Wilson Library Bulletin, March 1979


''Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.''
- Christopher Lasch


''Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.''
- Reggie Leach


''Success didn't spoil me, I've always been insufferable.''
- Fran Lebowitz


''A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.''
- Kurt Lewin


''Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.''
- Abraham Lincoln


''Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.''
- David McCullough


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


''Nothing fails like success.''
- Gerald Nachman


''To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success.''
- Anna Pavlova


''Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture...Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.''
- Norman Vincent Peale


''If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.''
- Anna Quindlen


''Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.''
- David Rockefeller


''You always pass failure on the way to success.''
- Mickey Rooney


''Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.''
- Arthur Rubinstein


''A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.''
- Albert Schweitzer


''To freely bloom - that is my definition of success.''
- Gerry Spence How to Argue and Win Every Time


''I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.''
- Herbert Bayard Swope


''Men are born to succeed, not fail.''
- Henry David Thoreau


''All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.''
- Mark Twain






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