Quotes about Success

Success is detrmined by many factors some of them are intrinsic while others are extrinsic. This is a list of famous quotes about success.

A belief

I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.
Michael Jordan

A failure

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Thomas A. Edison

A man's growth

A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A pessimist versus an optimist

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

Accepting failure

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Michael Jordan

Against it

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.
Winston Churchill

All great deeds

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.
Albert Camus

An artist cannot fail

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Charles Horton Cooley

Be careful

Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.
Lao Tzu

Becoming a man of success

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

Better questions

Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
Tony Robbins


I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
Muhammad Ali


Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama


To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
William Shakespeare

Combination for success

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
Napoleon Hill

Constant dripping

Constant dripping hollows out a stone.

Consult not your fears

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think
not about your frustrations, but about your unfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with
what it is still possible for you to do.
Pope John XXIII


It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Muhammad Ali


If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
Malcolm X


The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.
Napoleon Hill

Discipline is the soul of an army

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
George Washington

Do what you have to do

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Do you wish to rise?

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
Saint Augustine

Dominion over yourself

You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself...the height of a man's success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. ...And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.
Leonardo da Vinci

Don't become discouraged

Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged.
Thomas A. Edison

Dreams and success

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau

Easy or difficult

All things are difficult before they are easy.
Thomas Fuller


The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.
Thomas A. Edison

Every adversity

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.
Napoleon Hill


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


Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill

From failure to failure

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


Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising everytime we fall.
Author unknown

Good man or sinner?

In the United States there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success. He who is successful is good. In Latin countries, in Catholic countries, a successful person is a sinner.
Umberto Eco

Happiness and success

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Helen Keller

Hard to fail!

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt

How far?

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

I had a friend

I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.
Abraham Lincoln

I have not failed

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Thomas A. Edison


It always seems impossible until its done.
Nelson Mandela


Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

Intelligence without ambition

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Salvador Dali

It begins with a single step

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao Tzu

It freed me

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
Steve Jobs

It is a rough road

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

key to success

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.
Winston Churchill

Like a butterfly

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Muhammad Ali


Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves - and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
Helen Keller

Limits of the possible

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C Clarke


I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it.
Denzel Washington

Make mistakes!

So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because that's where you will find success. On the far side of failure.
Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

Making mistakes

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
George Bernard Shaw

Man of success

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

Many of life's failures

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

Men capable of real action

Men who are capable of real action first make their plans and then go forward without hesitation while their enemies have still not made up their minds.

Negative situation

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.
Michael Jordan


I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.

No one is born fully-formed

No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.
Paulo Freire

Not in ease and quiet

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

Not to please you

I live to succeed, not to please you or anyone else.
Marilyn Monroe

Not to yield

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Nothing is impossible

There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
Alexander the Great


Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Michael Jordan


The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.


It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Herman Melville

Our dreams

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney

Our greatest weakness

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison

Out of suffering

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Khalil Gibran


Leave no stone unturned.

Ploughing a field

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
Author Unknown


Much effort, much prosperity.


It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Reputation for wisdom

Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.

Resolution to succeed

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

Resolution to succeed

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


It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.


He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
Muhammad Ali

Secret of success

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
Mark Twain

Seek a newer world

Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Alfred Lord Tennyson


Smile, and the world smiles with you; cry, and you cry alone.
Author unknown

Stop acting so small

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.

Straight in the eye

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
Helen Keller

Strike the iron

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague

Strong enough

When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
Napoleon Hill

Strong lives

Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.
Kenneth Hildebrand


Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

Succes equation

If A is a 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


Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.
Nelson Mandela


Success is steady progress toward one's personal goals.
Jim Rohn

Success and failure

It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
Roger Babson

Success and failure

A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Success and hatered

Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.
Marilyn Monroe

Success is a lousy teacher

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
Bill Gates

Success is not final

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill

Successful marriage

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Mignon McLaughlin

Succession of changes

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.
Charles Dickens

Succession of errors

Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
Aldous Huxley

Succession of lessons

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Helen Keller

The mind and success

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
Napoleon Hill

The chance

The successful man is the one who had the chance and took it.
Roger Babson

The idea that success spoils people

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

The introduction of a new order of things

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Niccolo Machiavelli

The lessons of failure

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates

The mountains ahead

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.
Muhammad Ali

The path to success

The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
Tony Robbins

The secret of success

The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.
Tony Robbins

The soul of an army

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable, procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
George Washington

The starting point

The starting point of all achievement is desire.
Napoleon Hill

They happened to things

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
Leonardo da Vinci

Think twice before you speak

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Napoleon Hill

To be a successful father

To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.
Ernest Hemingway


Triumphs without difficulties are empty. Indeed, it is difficulties that make the triumph. It is no feat to travel the smooth road.
Author unknown

Two mistakes

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth - not going all the way, and not starting.


He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.
William Hazlitt

Victory is always possible

Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.
Napoleon Hill


Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

Japanese proverb

We can do anything

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
Helen Keller

Well done!

Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin

What he could have

Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have.
Jean-Paul Sartre

What is in your power

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

What they can become

As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
Jean-Paul Sartre

When I let go

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu

When things fall apart

Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together
Marilyn Monroe

Without your consent

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

You are right!

Whether you think you can or can't, you are right.
Author unknown

You can

What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.
Henry David Thoreau

You can win

If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.
William Hazlitt

You'll make progress

If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
Barack Obama

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