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Failure lies concealed in every success, and success in every failure.

 — Eckhart Tolle

The Real Success Resource Center gives you a great selection of success quotes placed in over 50 categories for easy reference.

Let's start off with my selection of the top ten success quotes, some of which have been used in my two books The Joy of Not Working and How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.Success Book #1


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Top Ten Success Quotes


#1 of Top Ten Success Quotes

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the
formula for failure — which is: Try to please everybody.
— Herbert B. Swope


#2 of Top Ten Success Quotes

What counts is not the number of hours you put in, but how much you put in the hours.
— Unknown wise person


#3 of Top Ten Success Quotes

After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied with an ordinary success.
— Mason Cooley


#4 of Top Ten Success Quotes

People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
— Anne Sullivan


#5 of Top Ten Success Quotes

Some aspects of success seem rather silly as death approaches.
— Donald A. Miller


#6 of Top Ten Success Quotes

How to succeed: try hard enough. How to fail: try too hard.
— Malcolm Forbes


#7 of Top Ten Success Quotes

One principal reason why people are so often useless is that they
neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their
attention among a multitude of objects and pursuits.
— Nathaniel Emmons


#8 of Top Ten Success Quotes

Don't flaunt your success, but don't apologize for it either.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


#9 of Top Ten Success Quotes

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his
life simply by altering his attitude of mind.
— William James


#10 of Top Ten Success Quotes

If your belief system has not molded the life you desire, how you
think will need to change.
— Asha Tyson


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    • Gain courage to escape the corporate world so that you don’t have to spend the rest of your life in a cubicle.
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Success Quotes — Achieving Real Success

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years gotten enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
— Logan Pearsall Smith

The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first,
hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense..
— Thomas Edison

To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail.
— Dorothea Brande

If you don't quit, and don't cheat, and don't run home when trouble
arrives, you can only win.
— Shelley Long

Remove failure as an option.
— Joan Lunden

God gave us two ends. One to sit on and one to think with. Success
depends on which one you use; heads you win — tails, you lose.
— Unknown wise person

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your
problems are your own. You don't blame them on your mother, the ecology,
or the President. You realize that you control your own destiny.
— Albert Ellis

Success comes in cans, failure in can'ts.
— Unknown wise person

Overnight success only happens in fairy tales, trashy novels, and
bad movies.
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Ask yourself the secret to your success. Listen to your answer, and
practice it.
— Richard Bach

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

It's just as difficult to overcome success as it is to overcome failure.
— Sir William Walton


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Success Quotes — Action and Success

It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting
up and taking action.
— Al Batt

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
— Mark Twain

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
— Henry Ward Beecher

The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed.
Idleness is its rust. Unless it will up and think and taste and see,
all is in vain.
— Thomas Traherne

The shortest answer is doing.
— English proverb

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily
— The Bible, Colossians

Much of our American progress has been the product of the individual
who had an idea; pursued it; fashioned it; tenaciously clung to it
against all odds; and then produced it, sold it, and profited from
— Hubert H. Humphrey

Never confuse movement with action.
— Ernest Hemingway

A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and
an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
— Georges Bernanos

Success Quotes — Advice for Success

There is a misleading, unwritten rule that states if a quote giving
advice comes from someone famous, very old, or Greek, then it must
be good advice.
— Bo Bennett

The average person cringes at the thought of hearing criticism, but
it can be quite valuable if you stay focused on the big picture.
— Asha Tyson

He who builds to every man's advice will have a crooked house.
— Danish proverb

Success Quotes — Ambition

It's a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but
the best, you will often get it.
— W. Somerset Maugham

Unless you are ambitious, you do not make progress.
— Unknown wise person

Looking back we could have been bolder and we should be now.
— Unknown wise person

Success Quotes — Attitude in Relation to Success

Man's rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness,
depends on his attitude .... a man's attitude will create the situation
he imagines.
— Muhammad Ali

There are in life as many aspects as attitudes towards it, and aspects
change with attitudes.
— Katherine Mansfield

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
— William James


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Success Quotes — Barriers to Success

Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it.
Success is shy — it won't come out while you're watching.
— Tennessee Williams

If success is a habit, it is a hard one to acquire.
— Mason Cooley

We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.
— Norman Vincent Peale

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity.
— Leo Tolstoy

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Success Quotes — Being Ugly and Being a Success

The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can
sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory,
they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.
— Oscar Wilde

It's nothing to be born ugly. Sensibly, the ugly woman comes to terms
with her ugliness and exploits it as a grace of nature.
— Colette

Success Quotes — Being in a Hurry to Achieve Success

Wisely and slowly. They stumble that run fast.
— William Shakespeare

No man who is in a hurry is quite civilized.
— Will Durant

I am writing a book. So far I have the pages numbered.
— Steven Wright

Success Quotes — Communication as a Success Factor

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

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while
he knows something.
— Wilson Mizner

Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.
— Unknown wise person

If a man keeps his trap shut, the world will beat a path to his door.
— Franklin P. Adams

Success Quotes — Complaining as a Success Factor

Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something,
then you have the time to do something about it.
— Anthony D'Angelo


Success Quotes — Creativity as a Critical Success Factor

All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.
— Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor
of thinking.
— Thomas Edison

Use your brain. It's the little things that count.
— Graffiti

Both the revolutionary and the creative individual are perpetual juveniles.
The revolutionary does not grow up because he cannot grow, while the
creative individual cannot grow up because he keeps growing."
— Eric Hoffer

True creativity often starts where language ends.
— Arthur Koestler

Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
— Brian Aldiss

To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not to see.
— Helen Keller

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
— Robert Bresson

The more you reason the less you create.
— Raymond Chandler

When I prayed for success, I forgot to ask for sound sleep and good
— Mason Cooley

Success Quotes — Critical Success Factors

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

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

Eighty percent of success is showing up.
— Woody Allen

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

Some people dream of success . . . while others wake up and work at it.
— Unknown wise person

Most of the critical things in life, which become the starting points for human destiny, are little things.
— R. Smith

"How you play the game" is for college boys. When you're playing for money, winning is the only thing that counts.
— Leo Durocher

Success Quotes — Cynical Declarations about Success

If you want to get on in this world make many promises, but don't
keep them.
— Napoleon Bonaparte

Be commonplace and creeping and you'll be a success.
— Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

To succeed in the world we must look foolish but be wise.
— Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montewquieu

Granting our wish is one of Fate's saddest jokes.
— James Russell Lowell

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the
very unfortunate that it comes early.
— Anthony Trollope

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
— Oscar Wilde

The secret of success in life is known only to those who have not succeeded.
— John Churton Collins

If you have a success, you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work.
— Ernest Hemingway

Success is an absurd, erratic thing. She arrives when one least expects her and after she has come may depart again almost because of a whim.

— Alice Foote MacDougall

The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.
— Nancy Astor

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
— Lily Tomlin

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
— Lana Turner






Success Quotes — Definition of Success

Success: 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

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

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
— George Smith Patton

Success is the space one occupies in the newspaper. Success is one day's insolence.
— Elias Canetti

Success to me is having ten honeydew melons, and eating only the top half of each one.
— Barbra Streisand

Success is women you don't even know walking around your house.
— from Saturday Night Live

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

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, 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.
— Betty Anderson Stanley

Success for some people, depends on becoming well-known, for others it depends on never being found out.
— Ashleigh Brilliant

Success Quotes — Delegation as a Factor for Success

Success means only doing what you do well, letting someone else do
the rest.
— Goldstein S. Truism

I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything
for myself that I could pay others to do for me.
— W. Somerset Maugham

Success Quotes — Doing What Everyone Else Is Doing

Most well-trodden paths lead nowhere.
— Unknown wise person

When all think alike, then no one is thinking.
— Walter Lippmann

What the crowd requires is mediocrity of the highest order.
— Auguste Préault

That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the
— John Stuart Mill

No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or “get rich”
in business by being a conformist.
— J Paul Getty

Success Quotes — Education and Success

Strange how much you've got to know, before you know how little you
— Unknown Wise Person

America believes in education: the average professor earns more money
in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
— Evan Esar

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
— Oscar Wilde

An education enables you to earn more than an educator.
— Unknown Wise Person

I am inclined to think that one's education has been in vain if one fails to learn that most schoolmasters are idiots.
— Hesketh Pearson

Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots.
— Karl Kraus

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating — people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
— Oscar Wilde

The aim of all education is, or should be, to teach people to educate
— Arnold Toynbee

Success Quotes — Expectations and Disappointments of Success

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
— George Eliot

I suppose I passed it a hundred times, But I always stop for a minute.
And look at the house, the tragic house, The house with nobody in
— Joyce Kilmer

Life is so constructed that the event does not, cannot, will not,
match the expectation.
— Charlotte Bronte


Success Quotes — Failure

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
— Henry Ford

I've been failing for, like, ten or eleven years. When it turns, it'll
turn. Right now I'm just trying to squeeze through a very tight financial
period, get the movie out, and put my things in order.
— Francis Ford Coppola

We make the oldest stories new when we succeed, and we are trapped
by the old stories when we fail.
— Greil Marcus

Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream
we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including
thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality
of poverty.
— Ursula K. Le Guin

Success and failure on the public level never mattered much to me,
in fact I feel more at home with the latter, having breathed deep
of its vivifying air all my writing life up to the last couple of
— Samuel Beckett

Failure makes us envious. Success makes us greedy.
— Mason Cooley

Anyone seen on a bus after the age of thirty has been a failure in
— Loelia, Duchess of Wesminster

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time
we fall.
— Confucius

Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men: for the
wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the
successes of the wise.
— Cato the Elder

Moralists love to discourse on the hollowness of success; about the
hollowness of failure they are silent.
— Mason Cooley

It is better for one's reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.
— John Maynard Keynes

Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal.
— Mike Ditka

Success Quotes — Fear of Failure

There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things
we desire.
— John Churton Collins

To be ready to fail is to be prepared for success.
— José Bergamín

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes
hardest to bear are those which never come.
— James Russell Lowell

If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.
— Florence Scovel Shinn

Nothing bad's going to happen to us. If we get fired, it's not failure; it's a midlife vocational reassessment.
— P. J. O'Rourke

Unless you are willing to walk out into the unknown, the chances of making a profound difference in your life are pretty slim.
— Tom Peters

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
— Beverly Sills

Success Quotes — Fear of Success

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
— Lily Tomlin

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 courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.
— George Bernard Shaw

Success Quotes — Genius and Success

Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of
— An Wang

If you are a genius and unsuccessful, everybody treats you as if you
were a genius, but when you come to be successful, when you commence
to earn money, when you are really successful, then your family and
everybody no longer treats you like a genius, they treat you like
a man who has become successful.
— Pablo Picasso

We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas
twenty years later.
— Louis Aragon


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Career success is much more than having a real job and earning a decent income. Real career success is truly enjoying what you do for a living and having the personal freedom to perform your work virtually any time you want.

This bold, unconventional career guide challenges and inspires you to:


    • Create your dream job or operate a micro-business.
    • Gain courage to escape the corporate world so that you don’t have to spend the rest of your life in a cubicle.
    • Gain the confidence, power, and will to attain the lifestyle of your dreams.
    • Experience more personal freedom and well-being.
    • Above all, get the most out of your life — personally and professionally.


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Success Quotes — Happiness and Success

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
— Unknown wise person

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.
— Bertrand Russell

Nothing sets a person up more than having something turn out just the way it's supposed to be, like falling into a Swiss snowdrift and seeing a big dog come up with a little cask of brandy round its neck.
— Claud Cockburn

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without
— Benjamin Disraeli

There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying
things which are beyond the power of our will.
— Epictetus

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
— George Santayana

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
— Publilius Syrus

Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.
— William Ellery Channing

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
— Albert Schweitzer

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward
— Benjamin Franklin

Success Quotes — Handling Success

Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.
— Elbert Hubbard

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

Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they're really not. They're companions — the hero and the sidekick.
— Laurence Shames

Success Quotes — Hard Work in Relation to Success

I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured
to nothing with perpetual motion.
— William Shakespeare

I grew up in New England. I think I was brought up with the Puritan ethic: that if you worked really hard in life, then good would come to you. The harder you work, the luckier you get. I've come to believe that it's the smarter you work, the better.
— Ken Blanchard

People who observe no limits in attempting to get work done aren't nearly as smart as they think. Hard work can be done by any fool. But to be highly productive and still have plenty of time to rest and play — this is where true genius resides.
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There is no more futile punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
— Albert Camus

The rich don't work for money
— Robert T. Kiyosaki

Formula for success: Rise early, work hard, strike oil.
— J. P. Getty

Anyone can achieve something important. Contrary to popular belief,
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Success Quotes — Hope and Success

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.
— Samuel Johnson


Success Quotes — How to Become Famous

The way to become famous fast is to throw a brick at someone who is famous.
— Walter Winchell

Success Quotes — How to Measure Success

God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
— Mother Teresa

The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers.

— William Lloyd Garrison

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

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
— Unknown wise person

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

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
— Logan Smith

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

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
— Lana Turner

With a group of bankers I always had the feeling that success was measured by the extent one gave nothing away.
— Francis Aungier

What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.
— Gene Fowler

We never know, believe me, when we have succeeded best.
— Miguel de Unamuno

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


Success Quotes — Humorous Success Quotes

You spend your whole life believing that you're on the right track, only to discover you're on the wrong train.
— Unknown wise person

Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is,
never try.
— Homer Simpson

We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.
— José Ortega y Gasset

One's religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is Success.
— J. M. Barrie

Beer: The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.
— Homer Simpson


Success Quotes — If at First You Don't Succeed

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
— Arthur McAuliff

If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.
— Quentin Crisp

If at first you don't succeed, then follow instructions.
— Unknown wise person

If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
— Unknown wise person

If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average.
— M. H. Alderson

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There's no use in being a damn fool about it.
— W. C. Fields

If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you.
— Unknown wise person

If at first you don't succeed, you may be at your level of incompetence already.
— Laurence J. Peter

If at first you do succeed — try to hide your astonishment.
— Harry F. Banks

Success Quotes — Ignorance and Success

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the
intelligent full of doubt.
— Bertrand Russell

In politics stupidity is not a hardship.
— Napoleon

I admire and respect the tenacity, courage, and patience of the unenlightened
in the face of so much overwhelming evidence
— Kristamirti

We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.
— Oscar Wilde

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

Success Quotes — Importance of 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. Failure makes people cruel and bitter.
— W. Somerset Maugham

Success is important only to the extent that it puts one in a position to do more things one likes to do.
— Sarah Caldwell

Success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight.
— Lillian Hellman

The best thing that comes with success is the knowledge that it is
nothing to long for.
— Liv Ullman

Success makes life easier. It doesn't make living easier.
— Bruce Springsteen

The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

There's no point in success if you don't let it go to your head. That's what it's for.
— John Otway

Success Quotes — Integrity as It Relates to Success

Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.
— Vanessa Redgrave

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

Do not seek dishonest gains: dishonest gains are losses.
— Hesiod

To be honest, as the world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten
— William Shakespeare

Try not to be a person of success, but rather a person of virtue.
— Albert Einstein

Success Quotes — Keys to Success

Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience
we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
— W. H. Auden

Try not to be a person of success, but rather a person of virtue.
— Albert Einstein

Think of all the really successful men and women you know. Do you know a single one who didn't learn very young the trick of calling attention to himself in the right quarters?
— Storm Jameson

God Almighty hates a quitter.
— Samuel Fessenden

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

You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.
— Warren Buffett

As every cockroach knows, thriving on poisons is the secret of success.

— Mason Cooley

Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
— Denis Diderot

He did it with all his heart, and prospered.
— The Bible, II Chronicles

You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.
— Benjamin Franklin

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles
are the biggest bastards on earth.
— John Lennon

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success Quotes — Leisure as a Critical Factor for Success

The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.
— Henry David Thoreau

A good rest is half the work.
— Yugoslav proverb

Always take an emergency leisurely.
— Chinese proverb

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going
too fast — you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
— Eddie Cantor

Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you
happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic
well-being than any other single factor.
— Paul Hawken

Success Quotes — Luck and Success

Those who have succeeded at anything and don't mention luck are kidding
— Larry King

Planning lies with men; success lies with Heaven.
— Chinese proverb.

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

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.
— Jonathan Winters

It's hard to detect good luck — it looks so much like something you've
— Fred A. Clark

The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.
— Douglas MacArthur

Success Quotes — March to Success

Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
— Helen Hayes

There are only two ways of getting on in the world: by one's own industry,
or by the stupidity of others.
— Jean de La Bruyère

Imagination allows you to think of the journey worth making. Motivation gets you started. But, it's patience and perseverance that get you there.
— from Career Success Without a Real Job

Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down.
— Wilson Mizner

To get it right, be born with luck or else make it. Never give up. Get the knack of getting people to help you and also pitch in yourself. A little money helps, but what really gets it right is to never — I repeat — never under any conditions face the facts.
— Ruth Gordon

There is a vast difference between success at twenty-five and success
at sixty. At sixty, nobody envies you. Instead, everybody rejoices
generously, sincerely, in your good fortune.
— Marie Dressler

Success Quotes — Opportunity for Success

People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.
— Margaret Thatcher

Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!
— John Dryden

It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
— Eric Hoffer

There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love to do, there is only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
— Wayne Dyer

Success Quotes — Passion and Success

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength.
— François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate.
— George Burns

No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented
except literally to get out of hell.
— Antonin Artaud

Success Quotes — Perils of Success

Success has made failures of many men.
— Cindy Adams

In Washington, success is just a training course for failure.
— Simon Hoggart

Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider
— Graham Greene

Success, instead of giving freedom of choice, becomes a way of life. There's no country I've been to where people, when you come into a room and sit down with them, so often ask you, "What do you do?" And, being American, many's the time I've almost asked that question, then realized it's good for my soul not to know. For a while! Just to let the evening wear on and see what I think of this person without knowing what he does and how successful he is, or what a failure. We're ranking everybody every minute of the day.
— Arthur Miller

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

Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
— George Bernard Shaw

By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed.
— Lewis Mumford

Nothing recedes like success.
— Bryan Forbes

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.
— Pablo Picasso

It is only possible to succeed at second-rate pursuits — like becoming a millionaire or a prime minister, winning a war, seducing beautiful women, flying thought the stratosphere or landing on the moon. First-rate pursuits- involving, as they must, trying to understand what life is about and trying to convey that understanding- inevitably result in a sense of failure. A Napoleon, a Churchill, a Roosevelt can feel themselves to be successful, but never a Socrates, a Pascal, a Blake. Understanding is for ever unattainable. Therein lies the inevitability of failure in embarking upon its quest, which is none the less the only one worthy of serious attention.
— Malcolm Muggeridge

A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed
— Ellen Glasgow

No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.
— Michael Pritchard:


Unless a man has been taught what to do with success after getting it, the achievement of it must inevitably leave him prey to boredom.
— Bertrand Russell



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Success Quotes — Price of Success

The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That — with
the squalid interpretation put on the word success — is our national
— William James

The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.
— Unknown wise person

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

The only difference between a man and woman climbing the ladder of success is that a woman is expected to put it in the closet when she’s
finished with it.
— Barbara Dale

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

It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.
— Unknown Wise Person

Success Quotes — Procrastination

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
— Picasso

Success Quotes — Retirement Quotes — Retirement

Retirement itself is the best [ retirement ] gift. No gold watch could ever top it.
— Abigail Charleson

I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day.
— Gene Perret

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Success Quotes — Road to Success

I couldn't wait for success . . . so I went ahead without it.
— Jonathan Winters

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

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

Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.
— Samuel Johnson

Real success doesn't care how you get there.
— from Career Success Without a Real Job

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

The road to success runs uphill.
— Willie Davis

Success doesn't come to you . . . you go to it.
— Marve Collins

Success Quotes — Simplicity

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
— Aristotle

Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.
— Anthony Hope

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
— Oscar Wilde

When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.
— Luc Vauvenargues, Marquis de

Success Quotes — Success of Others

Whenever a friend succeeds a little something in me dies.
— Gore Vidal

I talk with the authority of failure — Ernest with the authority of success. We could never sit across the same table again.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald (Referring to his relationship with Ernest Hemingway)

Success Quotes — Success at Work

In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it: they must not do too much of it: and they must have a sense of success in it- not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of others for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.
— W. H. Auden

Success Quotes — Ultimate Success

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.
— Dr. O. A. Battista

Success is a journey, not a destination.
— Ben Sweetland

There is only one success … to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it.
— Christopher Morley

Success Quotes — Success as a Writer

More Quotes - Writing and Publishing

You don't write because you want to say something: You write because you've got something to say.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
— Sylvia Plath

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
— Richard Bach

Writing books is certainly a most unpleasant occupation. It is lonesome, unsanitary, and maddening. Many authors go crazy.
— H. L. Mencken

Writing is a profession in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.
— Jules Renard

Books for general reading always smell bad; the odor of common people hangs around them. 
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal.
— Leo Tolstoy

I hate books, for they only teach people to talk about what they don't understand.
— Jean-Jacques Rosseau

Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late
to bloom, but they dare to go it alone.
— John Updike

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until
drops of blood form on your forehead.
— Gene Fowler

There is probably no hell for authors in the next world — they suffer so
much from critics and publishers in this.
— C. N. Bovee

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested
solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that
writing didn't require any.
— Russell Baker

Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.
— Thomas Berger

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing,
but I couldn't give it up, because by that time I was too famous.
— Robert Benchley

The books I haven't written are better than the books other people
— Cyril V. Connolly

Write drunk; edit sober.
— Ernest Hemingway

I'm a lousy writer; a helluva lot of people have got lousy taste.
— Grace Metalious

When I had got my notes all written out I thought I'd polish it off
in two summers, but it took me twenty-seven years.
— Arnold Toynbee

Write out of love, write out of instinct, write out of reason. But
always for money.
— Louis Untermeyer

A Success Poem

THE NEED TO WIN by Chang Tzu
When an archer is shooting for nothing
He has all his skill
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
Or sees two targets
He is out of his mind!
His skill has not changed. But the prize
Divides him. He cares
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting—
And the need to win
Drains him of power.

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