Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't
lose, [Microsoft founder and CEO]
To be successful, you have to be able to relate to people; they have to be
satisfied with your personality to be able to do business with you and to build
a relationship with mutual trust, [Successful Billionaire Investor]
Peter F. Drucker:
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than
any other one thing.
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you
love what you are doing, you will be successful.
To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success?
What is it? I do not find it in the applause of the theater; it lies rather in
the satisfaction of accomplishment.
Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who
has gained 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. - published
11/30/1905 in the Lincoln (Kansas) Sentinel - an adaptation of this is often
attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, though nothing like it has been found in his
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is
vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live
each, is to succeed.
A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that
others throw at him or her.
My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's
doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be
lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key
to my destiny.
The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized,
vilified, and misunderstood. This is part of the penalty for greatness, and evey
man understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness.
Frank Lloyd Wright:
I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion
to the things you want to see happen
Franklin D. Roosevelt:
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly
and try another. But above all, try something.
G. K. Chesterton:
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and
then going away and doing the exact opposite.
George Washington Carver:
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the
weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.
I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to
accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved
along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of
the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Henry David Thoreau:
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I
thought, and attended to my answer.
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right. also
attributed to Mary Kay Ash.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
The heights by great men reached and kept / Were not attained by sudden flight,
/ But they, while their companions slept, / Were toiling upward in the night.
Herbert B. Swope:
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for
failure: which is: Try to please everybody.
Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history.
Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk.
Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try
nothing and succeed. (adapted)
Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.
I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an
individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.
Marie Ebner von Eschenbach:
Conquer, but don't triumph.
Maxine Hong Kingston:
To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas
and values into the world -- that I am able to change it in positive ways.
To fly, we have to have resistance.
The 4 key to success are: Motivation,
Education, Actions and Relations - [President
of International Institute of Management]
To succeed, we must first believe that we can.
Oliver Wendell Holmes:
Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must
sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but sail we must and
not drift, nor lie at anchor.
My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a general; if you
become a monk, you'll end up as the Pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound
up as Picasso. Famous Painter
Pearl S. Buck:
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart
withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears
only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
Robert F. Kennedy:
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener
succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have
taught them so well as failure has done.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man
stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs
to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat
and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who
knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy
cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least
fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and
timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. - From a speech given in
Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910
Thomas Alva Edison:
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to
success when they gave up.
You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in
money, compliments, or publicity.
Ursula K. Le Guin:
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
Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to
Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.
Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
William Lyon Phelps:
This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no
possible value to him.
William M. Winans:
Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.
Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal
integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very
little wisdom from success, you know.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.