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Quotations about Success
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To have success, you can't let failure stop you. To have great success, you can't let success stop you. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
For every person who succeeds by holding course, ten succeed by daring to change course — and vice-versa. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2019
[S]uccess is no second-hand thing. It is all right to give men the impulse, but the details they must work out themselves. ~Edward Mott Woolley, "Adventures in Business: The Merchant Who Needed a Press Agent," in The Saturday Evening Post, 1912 September 21st
The trick to succeeding is to stop thinking that there's a trick to everything. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
The hard part is not to work for success but to wait for it to ripen. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor
In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book, 1995
Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding out you're exactly the same. All I feel is a responsibility to live up to it. And even, with luck, survive it. ~Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993)
True Success is that which makes
Building Stones of Old Mistakes.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Indomitability," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction. ~Bessie Anderson Stanley (1879–1952) [Stanley was awarded the $250 grand prize in November 1905 from The George Livingston Richards Co., of Boston, for the best answer not exceeding 100 words to the question, "What constitutes success?" At the time, she was credited in publications as Mrs. A. J. Stanley. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
Strength, will power, determination and a pinch of you. That's the cocktail for success. ~Adarsh, @MrAdarshB, September 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden
Try to discover
The road to success
And you'll seek but never find,
But blaze your own path
And the road to success
Will trail right behind.
~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
In the matter of achieving success consistency is a paste jewel compared with persistency. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor
I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind. ~Bernard Shaw, 1896
People who consult their moods, their preferences, or their ease never make a great success in life. It is the man who gets a firm grip on himself and forces himself to do the thing that will ultimately be best for him, who succeeds. ~Orison Swett Marden, paraphrased by Dan P. Gibson, "Doing the Hardest Thing First," 1910
Failure is not frailty.
Success never guarantees.
In spite of spelling reform, success still ends in $$. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor
When we fail our pride supports us; when we succeed it frequently betrays us. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor
It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. ~Napoleon Hill
Success is a shell — don't let it harden around your ego.
Failure is a shell — don't let it harden around your ambition.
Ability is man's capital; success is the interest that capital earns. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor
The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success. ~Author unknown
Men buy Success by giving up a Host
Of Things they Want for what they Want the Most.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Action," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924
Live so to get the approbation of your Other Self, and success if yours. But pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it. ~Elbert Hubbard
The requisites for success are the same in all classes of business: good judgment, application, diplomacy, executive ability, nerve, push, sticktoitiveness, integrity, a thick skin, and a pleasant smile. ~C.A. Morse, "President's Address," Twentieth Annual Convention of the American Railway Engineering Association, 1919, wording slightly altered [altered —tg]
...but understandable in onlooking citizens only as a symptom of the moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That — with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word success — is our national disease. ~William James, letter to H.G. Wells, 1906
Material success is always tempered by the recollection that there was some kind of happiness that was supposed to come with it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
One way to measure your success is by the earnestness with which your competitors lie about you. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, George Horace Lorimer, editor, as reprinted in Poor Richard Jr's Almanack, 1906
In a world where it is necessary to succeed, perhaps only we women know more deeply that success can be a quiet and hidden thing. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Daughter, 1991, helenexley.com
What will matter is not your success but your significance...
~Michael Josephson, from "What Will Matter" (poem), 2003, whatwillmatter.com
Among the things that you, and you alone, are the absolute and final judge of is whether or not you are a success. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. ~William Feather, as quoted in Forbes, 1976
Of course he loved to waste time — but in his own way. He gloated on the irresponsible vacancy of those evening hours, when there was nothing to be done. He lay very still, hardly even thinking, just feeling life go by... Here, where life beat so much more thickly and closely, was the place to be. Though he had solved nothing, yet he seemed closer to the heart of the mystery. Entranced, he felt time flowing on toward him, endless in sweep and fulness. There is only one success, he said to himself — to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it. Youth, youth is the only wealth, for youth has Time in its purse! ~Christopher Morley, Where the Blue Begins, 1922
How do you achieve success? Well, for one thing, you don't define it before you achieve it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Passion is purpose—
Success is proof.
The trick to getting ahead is to give it the same effort you give to getting even. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Time is not an element of success; it is space for earning it. Some men wouldn't earn success if they had eternity for their office hours. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor
Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to. ~Author unknown, 1960s
In the end, success is not about who you know, it's about you know who. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Some success is born of conceit, and much conceit is born of success. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor
A success seems larger when a failure is used for the measuring-stick. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor
It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final. ~Author unknown, 1970s
To find someone who will love you through success and failure is to discover how little life has to do with either. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Ah, listen, I'll say something I shouldn't say because no one will believe it, but success isn't a pleasure for me. I'm glad to be able to live from what I write, so I have to put up with the popular and critical side of success. But I was happier as a man when I was unknown. Much happier. ~Julio Cortázar (1914–1984), interview with Jason Weiss, "The Art of Fiction No. 83," The Paris Review, Fall 1984
When a man's success makes him unhappy he has failed. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor
There is no success but your own success. ~Terri Guillemets
The road to success is wherever people need another road. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
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