And the good fairy said, I won’t leave you money or pretty dresses but I will leave you the spirit to seek your fortune from your own efforts.
~ Louisa May Alcott, from a short story read by Jo in Little Women
He who is silent is forgotten; he who does not advance falls back; he who stops is overwhelmed; out distanced, crushed; he who ceases to grow becomes smaller; he who leaves off, gives up; the condition of standing still is the beginning of the end.
~ Henri Frédéric Amiel
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 comes from taking the hand you were dealt and using it to the very best of your ability.
~ Ty Boyd
To find his place and fill it is success for a man.
~ Phillips Brooks
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
~ Joyce Brothers
One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.
~ Edward Butler
It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.
~ Eddie Cantor
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
~ Andrew Carnegie
Success is never final; failure is never fatal.
~ Winston Churchill
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
~ Sir Winston Churchill
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
~ Calvin Coolidge
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
~ Bill Cosby
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
~ Benjamin Disraeli
Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
~ Benjamin Disraeli
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
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
~ Albert Einstein
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
~ Albert Einstein
If A equal success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.
~ Albert Einstein
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
If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, tho’ he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Conduct of Life
Success is feminine and like a woman; if you cringe before her she will override you. So the way to treat her is to show her the back of your hand. Then maybe she will do the crawling.
~ William Faulkner
Keep these concepts in mind: You’ve failed many times, although you don’t remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim. . . . Don’t worry about failure. My suggestion to each of you: Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.
~ Sherman Finesilver
Success as I see it, is a result, not a goal.
~ Gustave Flaubert
If you wish in this world to advance, your merits you’re bound to enhance; You must stir it and stump it, and blow your own trumpet, or trust me, you haven’t a chance.
~ W. S. Gilbert
Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you’ll have left is your character.
~ Vince Gill
The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.
~ Jean Giraudoux
Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Only engage and the mind grows heated;
Begin and then the work will be completed.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Succeeding in business and failing at home is a cop-out. For no success in the workplace will ever make up for failure at home.
~ Howard Hendricks
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
~ Thomas Jefferson
I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
~ Thomas Jefferson
To succeed, it is necessary to accept the world as it is — and rise above it.
~ Michael Korda
To succeed is nothing, it is an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different, it is character.
~ Marie Leneru
If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.
~ Bill Lyon
The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.
~ Og Mandino
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. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.
~ W. Somerset Maugham
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
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
~ Willie Nelson
Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
~ Earl Nightingale
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.
~ Florence Nightingale
Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but won’t taste good.
~ Joe Paterno
Who begins too much accomplishes little.
~ German Proverb
Unless you enter the tiger’s den, you cannot take the cubs.
~ Old Japanese Proverb
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 is the study of the Obvious.Everyone should take Obvious 1 and Obvious 2 in school.
~ Jim Rohn
As individuals we live cooperatively, and, to the best of our ability, serve the community in which we live. Our own success, to be real, must contribute to the success of others.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
The barrier (to) success is not something which exists in the real world; it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re really not. They’re companions – the hero and the sidekick.
~ Laurence Shames
Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret to success.
~ Swami Sivananda
Success comes to the man who grits his teeth, squares his jaw and says, “There is a way for me and, by jingo, I’ll find it.
~ Clifford Sloan
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.
~ Bessie A. Stanley
Women will never be as successful as men because they have no wives to advise them.
~ Dick Van Dyke
I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
~ Booker T. Washington
If you want to double your success rate, double your failure rate.
~ Thomas Watson
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
Success and failure are equally disastrous.
~ Tennessee Williams
I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
~ Jonathan Winters
If you think you are beaten, you are:
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If, you like to win but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost:
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will:
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are:
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.