65 Famous Quotes about “Success”

65 Famous Quotes about “Success”

Success, as defined by the Webster dictionary, is the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.  To me however it isn’t as simple as that.  Success can be found in everything we do day-in, day-out.  The way we interact with our friends, family and people that we meet; whether we choose to look on things in a positive or negative light; or simply just the way we face the world.  To strive for success in everything that we do is just human nature.  Some of the below are my favorite quotes about this very subject.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.”  ~ Dale Carnegie

“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

“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

“When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, this is happiness, this is success.” ~ Orison Swett Marden

“Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” ~ Marva Collins

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” ~ Vincent T. Lombardi

“Success is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Ben Sweetland

“The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.” ~ Edward Simmons

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” ~ Mario Andretti

“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.” ~ Charles Kendall Adams

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“I believe the greater the handicap, the greater the triumph.” ~ John H. Johnson

“My list of ingredients for success is divided into four basic groups: Inward, Outward, Upward and Onward.”  ~ David Thomas

“A stumble may prevent a fall.” ~ English Proverb

“God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.” ~ Swedish Proverb

“Possession of the ball is the key to winning in football, basketball, and the game of life.” ~ Laing Burns, Jr.

“Unless you’re willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won’t happen.” ~ Phillip Adams

“Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the all-redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim of life. The hair-raising revelations of skullduggery and grand-scale thievery merely incite others to surpass by yet bolder outrages and more corrupt combinations.” ~ Charles Francis Adams II

“Health, happiness and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person. The big thing is not what happens to us in life – but what we do about what happens to us.” ~ George Allen

“Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” ~ Woody Allen

“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 Ford

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” ~ Arthur Ashe

“The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.” ~ Lady Nancy Astor

“Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” ~ Roger Ward Babson

“Whatever task you undertake, do it with all your heart and soul. Always be courteous, never be discouraged. Beware of him who promises something for nothing. Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures. Do not look for approval except the consciousness of doing your best.” ~ Bernard Mannes baruch

“If there is any one axiom that I have tried to live up to in trying to become successful in business, it is the fact that I have tried to surround myself with associates that know more about business than I do. This policy has always been very successful and is still working for me.” ~ Monte L. Bean

“The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. . . It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider, and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation, persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell

“Happy the man who, like Ulysses, has made a fine voyage, or has won the Golden Fleece, and then returns, experienced and knowledgeable, to spend the rest of his life among his family!” ~ Joachim Du Bellay

“Companies which get misled by their own success are sure to be blind sided.” ~ Warren G. Bennis

“The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in business. You’ve got to keep working that talent.” ~ Irving Berlin

“Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.” ~ Al Bernstein

“Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.” ~ Erma Bombeck

“Successful men are influenced by desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by desire for pleasing methods.” ~ Frank E. Brennan

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ~ Dr. Joyce Brothers

“Success in business implies optimism, mutual confidence, and fair play. A business man must hold a high opinion of the worth of what he has to sell and he must feel that he is a useful public servant.” ~ R.H. Cabell

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~ Herman Cain

“The important thing to recognize is that it takes a team, and the team ought to get credit for the wins and the losses. Successes have many fathers, failures have none.”  ~ Philip Caldwell

“Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.” ~ Albert Camus

“It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.” ~ Eddie Cantor

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”  ~ Truman Capote

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” ~ Dale Carnegie

“When you have much success, two things happen. The first is that we begin to take success for granted. The second is that we forget how we got here?namely, by exceptionally hard work and in spite of intense competition.” ~ Jack Mack Carter

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”  ~ Winston Churchill

“Ambition, fueled by compassion, wisdom and integrity, is a powerful force for good that will turn the wheels of industry and open the doors of opportunity for you and countless others.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“There is but one straight road to success, and that is merit. The man who is successful is the man who is useful. Capacity never lacks opportunity. It can not remain undiscovered, because it is sought by too many anxious to use it.” ~ Bourke Cockran

“Somehow I can’t believe there are many heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret can be summarized in four C’s. They are: curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of these is confidence.”  ~ Walt Disney

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he 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 Edison

“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

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life than he puts in. But a man of value will give more than he receives.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it.” ~ Sam Ewing

“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

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” ~ B.C. Forbes

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” ~ Malcolm Forbes

“A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” ~ Walter Gagehot

“Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you’ll have left is your character.” ~ Vince Gill

“Successful men are influenced by the desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasing methods and are inclined to be satisfied with such results as can be obtained by doing things they like to do. The common denominator of success – the secret of every man who has ever been successful – lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don?t like to do.”  ~ Albert Gray

“We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment. But environment is the easier of the two to improve.” ~ Haldane

“You can do anything you wish to do, have anything you wish to have, be anything you wish to be.” ~ Robert Collier

“The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary.” ~ Thomas Edison

“Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent return on energy!” ~ Brian Tracy

“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” ~ Conrad Hilton

“You don’t become enormously successful without encountering and overcoming a number of extremely challenging problems.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen