Great Big List of Success Quotes

Great big list of Quotes about “Success”

Success 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 life our lives.  Success means many things to different people.

I have collected some of my favorite Success quotes and included them below.  Hope you find them as inspiring as I have.  Enjoy!

119 Amazing Quotes about Success

“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

“The successful always has a number of projects planned, to which he looks forward. Anyone of them could change the course of his life overnight.”  ~ Mark Caine

“There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.” ~ Christopher Morley

“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

“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

“Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure.” ~ Dell Crossword

“Success often comes to those who have the aptitude to see way down the road.” ~ Laing Burns, Jr.

“There’s no limit to what a man can achieve, if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.” ~ Laing Burns, Jr.

“Truth, self-control, asceticism, generosity, non-injury, constancy in virtue ? these are the means of success, not caste or family.” ~ Mahabharata

“Every one of us, unconsciously, works out a personal philosophy of life, by which we are guided, inspired, and corrected, as time goes on. It is this philosophy by which we measure out our days, and by which we advertise to all about us the man, or woman, that we are. . . . It takes but a brief time to scent the life philosophy of anyone. It is defined in the conversation, in the look of the eye, and in the general mien of the person. It has no hiding place. It's like the perfume of the flower; unseen, but known almost instantly. It is the possession of the successful, and the happy.  And it can be greatly embellished by the absorption of ideas and experiences of the useful of this earth.” ~ George Matthew Adams

“It is easy to get to the top after you get through the crowd at the bottom.” ~ unknown

“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

“Few men have the natural strength to honor a friend's success without envy.” ~ Aeschylus

“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

“The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything else in the world but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success.” ~ H.W. Arnold

“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

“It is a shameful thing for the soul to faint while the body still perseveres.” ~ Marcus Aurelius Antonimus

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

“I was made to work. If you are equally industrious, you will be equally successful.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

“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

“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

“Meet success like a gentleman and disaster like a man.” ~ Frederick Edwin Smith, Lord Birkenhead

“If at first you don't succeed, think how many people you've made happy.” ~ H. Duane Black

“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of work.” ~ Sarah Knowles Bolton

“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

“Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul.” ~ Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

“The road to success is not to be run upon by seven-leagued boots. Step by step, little by little, bit by bit?that is the way to wealth, that is the way to wisdom, that is the way to glory.” ~ Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

“They never fail who die in a great cause.” ~ George Gordon, Lord Byron

“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

“The look of success, when it is worn a certain way, would infuriate a jackass.” ~ Albert Camus

“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

“I believe that the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line.” ~ Andrew Carnegie

“Put all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket.” ~ Andrew Carnegie

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” ~ Dale Carnegie

“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 are men in the world who derive an exaltation from the proximity of disaster and ruin, as other from success.” ~ Winston Churchill

“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

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” ~ Confucius

“Perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries. Is not the goal but the exercise.” ~ Edmund Vance Cooke

“I don't know the key to success but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.” ~ Bill Cosby

“An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way?that leads to collective organizational success.” ~ Stephen Covey

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

“History records the successes of men with objectives and a sense of direction. Oblivion is the position of small men overwhelmed by obstacles.”  ~ William Danforth

“Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.” ~ Josephus Daniels

“I always suspect an artist who is successful before he is dead.” ~ Edgar Degas

“Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue.” ~ Demosthenes

“Success is counted sweetest by those who ne'er succeed.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“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

“As a rule, he or she who has the most information will have the greatest success in life.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“The Duke of Wellington brought to the post of first minister immortal fame, a quality of success which would almost seem to include all others.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“The most successful people in life are generally those who have the best information.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, “over steep ways to the stars,” fulfills itself.” ~ W.C. Doane

“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

“The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.” ~ 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

“We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.” ~ Dwight Eisenhower

“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

“There is no way to success in our art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one's self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become.” ~ Jim Rohn

“The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: “I did not have time.” ~ Franklin Field

“Twelve Priceless Qualities of Success:
1. The value of time.
2. The success of perseverance.
3. The pleasure of working.
4. The dignity of simplicity.
5. The worth of character.
6. The power of kindness.
7. The influence of example.
8. The obligation of duty.
9. The wisdom of economy.
10. The virtue of patience.
11. The improvement of talent.
12. The joy of originating.”
~ Marshall Field

“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

“The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” ~ Henry Ford

“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Good is not good where better is expected.”  ~ Thomas Fuller

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

“I buy when other people are selling.” ~ J. Paul Getty

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

“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

“On the pinnacle of success man does not stand firm long.” ~ Goethe

“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

“Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.” ~ Alexander Hamilton

“Many a one has succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat, he would never have known any great victory.” ~ Orison Sweet Marden

“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

“Personal development is your springboard to personal excellence. Ongoing, continuous, non-stop personal development literally assures you that there is no limit to what you can accomplish.” ~ Brian Tracy

“He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.” ~ John Milton

“Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it.” ~  Jim Rohn

“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” ~ Ben Stein

“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” ~ John D. Rockefeller

“The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.” ~ E.M. Gray

“The problem with most failing businesses is not that their owners don?t know enough about finance, marketing, management, and operations — they don?t, but those things are easy enough to learn — but that they spend their time and energy defending what they think they know. My experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren?t so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need to know more.” ~ Michael Gerber

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  1. Very nice list of quotes on success. we have taken few from the above list. I hope you do not mind 🙂

    here is our compilation of success quotes:

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