Quotes About Success

I've recently been asked a couple of times what my favorite quotes about success are. The truth is... I don't know!

You see, over the years I've collected so many success quotes, it's quite impossible to say to say which is a favorite from so many.

Not just that, but also that different quotations take on different meanings in different circumstances and when I'm in different moods.


Originally, I had planned on putting my complete list of collected quotes about success into a database that could be searched by content and author through a suitable interface. But... the truth is that it's one of those jobs that hasn't made it particularly high up the priority list.

That said, I'd still like it to be done someday, just not today!

I'm willing to compromise however, I'm producing a fairly sizeable list of some of collection below.

They're not alphabetically ordered, or even done with pretty formatting. But, for the die-hards amongst you, it will allow you to spend some time getting a flavor of the types of quotes about success in my FULL collection!  ;-)


"Ninety-nine per cent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses"- George Washington Carver, a chemist who discovered over 325 uses for the peanut

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."- Oscar Wilde

"There are no office hours for champions."- Paul Dietzel

"My rule is always to do the business of the day in the day."- Arthur Wellington

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."- Robert Louis Stevenson

"The will to succeed is important, but what's more so is the will to prepare."- Bobby Knight

"Faith is not making religious-sounding noises in the daytime. It is asking your inmost self questions at night — and then getting up and going to work."- Mary Jean Irion

"If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches."- James Burgh

"That which grows fast withers as quickly; that which grows slow endures."- Josiah Gilbert Holland

"Our accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of our attention to detail."- John Foster Dulles

"What is Success?

To laugh often and love much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the approval 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

"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do." "- Bob Dylan 

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." - Ernest Hemingway


Napoleon Hill

Born in a one-room cabin in Wise County, Virginia, Napoleon Hill began his writing career at age 13 as a "mountain reporter" for small town newspapers and went on to become America's most beloved motivational author. Hill died, aged 87 after a long and successful career writing, teaching, and lecturing about the principles of success. His work stands as a monument to individual achievement and is the cornerstone of modern motivation.

Napoleon Hill's book, Think and Grow Rich, is the all-time bestseller in the field.


"The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail." - Napoleon Hill

"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." - Napoleon Hill

"One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another." - Napoleon Hill

"No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like." - Napoleon Hill

"What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement." - Napoleon Hill

"The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses." - Napoleon Hill

"Action is the real measure of intelligence." - Napoleon Hill

"The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going." - Napoleon Hill


"To correct the evils, great and small, which spring from want of sympathy and from positive enmity among strangers, as nations or as individuals, is one of the highest functions of civilization." - Abraham Lincoln

"Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition." - Abraham Lincoln

"If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what you will, is the great high-road to his reason, and which, when once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing his judgment of the justice of your cause." - Abraham Lincoln

"What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself." - Abraham Lincoln

"Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." - Abraham Lincoln

"I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day." - Abraham Lincoln


"The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary." - Thomas A. Edison

"Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!" - Thomas A. Edison

"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." - Thomas A. Edison

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

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas A. Edison

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

"I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun." - Thomas A. Edison


"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie

"Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours." - Dale Carnegie

"Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare." - Dale Carnegie

"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves." - Dale Carnegie

"If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done." - Dale Carnegie

"The world is full of people who are grabbing and self-seeking. So the rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage." - Dale Carnegie

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." - Dale Carnegie


"To achieve happiness, we should make certain that we are never without an important goal." - Earl Nightingale

"A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change." - Earl Nightingale

"Get into a line that you will find to be a deep personal interest, something you really enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day working at, and the rest of the time thinking about." - Earl Nightingale

"Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality." - Earl Nightingale

"All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination." - Earl Nightingale


"Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale

"The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They're full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too." - Norman Vincent Peale

"Nothing of great value in this life comes easily. The things of highest value sometimes come hard. The gold that has the greatest value lies deepest in the earth, as do the diamonds." - Norman Vincent Peale

"Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds." - Norman Vincent Peale

"Through persistence, self-knowledge, prayer, commitment, optimism, a resolute trust in God and the building of your own personal moral strength, you can enjoy the blessings of a deeper faith and face the difficulties of life with courage and confidence." - Norman Vincent Peale

"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture." - Norman Vincent Peale

"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there." - Norman Vincent Peale


"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." - Diane Ackerman

"How to succeed? Try hard enough."- Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990)

‘Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.’ - Lao Tzu


"It's never easy to get where you'd REALLY like to be. Life throws us another challenge, this one hits us every day...


It takes real WORK to break inertia. It's just so easy to drift. And before you know it, you have a brain tumor, or maybe you don't and you "get lucky" and you drift to the ripe old age of 95. But sooner or later, the realization will hit, harder than ever the later it gets...

Why didn't I take the steps necessary to live the life I want?" - Dr Ken Evoy (SiteSell.com)


As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is up to us. - Alfred J Toynbee

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.Author: Bible Source: Psalms (ch. LXXV, v. 6)

That low man seeks a little thing to do, Sees it and does it; This high man, with a great thing to pursue, Dies ere he knows it. That low man goes on adding one to one, His hundreds soon hit: His high man, aiming at a million, Misses an unit.Author: Robert Browning Source: A Grammarian's Funeral

It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service.Author: Alexandre Dumas pere Source: Ange Pitou (vol. I, p. 72)

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

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. - Vince Lombardi or -Donald Kendall

The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you. - Nancy Astor

The way to learn to do things is to do things. The way to learn a trade is to work at it. Success teaches how to succeed. Begin with the determination to succeed, and the work is half done already. - J.N. Fadenburg

Make a success of living by seeing the goal and aiming for it unswervingly. - Cecil B. Demille

The lesser you hear that people say about you, the more you succeed.- Kazi Shams

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

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.- Benjamin Disraeli

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

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.- Oscar Wilde

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

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

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.- Henry David Thoreau

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

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.- Theodore Roosevelt

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

"As one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move." - Katherine Hepburn

At an early age, we all make up that we are somehow unlovable, not good enough and not worthy of the best life has to offer. By discovering the source of our lacking self-image, we can re-interpret our past, reclaim our self-esteem and design our future deliberately and with power.- Dr. Joe Rubino

So many people today have practically become experts at repeating over and over again lame, limiting beliefs and destructive, negative based thinking.- Mike Litman

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."- Charles Darwin

"If you don't get what you want, it's a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price."- Joseph Rudyard Kipling

"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."- White Elk a 19th Century Native American




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