quotations about success
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, letter to Isham Reavis, November 5, 1855
The people who succeed the most are the people who have failed the most, because they are people who have tried the most.
If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it.
JESSE JACKSON, Straight from the Heart
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires us to try.
MOTHER TERESA, Rolling Stone, December 1992
Take the time to understand what's behind your success. It's the best way to ensure it will continue.
STUART R. LEVINE, O Magazine, January 2007
What people call success is only preparation for the next failure.
AUGUST STRINDBERG, A Dream Play
There's room at the top I'm telling you still
but first you must learn how to smile as you kill
if you want to be like the folks on the hill.
JOHN LENNON, Working Class Hero
Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline.
GRAHAM GREENE, London Independent, April 4, 1991
We sink to rise.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Letters and Social Aims
Today we define success by publicity and bank accounts. But that's not really success at all. Don't believe the hype. Success is ephemeral. You have to define it yourself.
CHRIS NOTH, Men's Health, December 2005
I can. I will. End of story.
Failure is success in progress.
If you don't tell people about your success, they probably won't know about it.
DONALD TRUMP, Trump: How to Get Rich
I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either.
JOHN ROBERTS, "Chief Justice John Roberts's Advice to His Son's Graduating Class Will Move You to Tears", Inc., July 10, 2017
The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought is the man who is bound to succeed.
HENRY FORD, My Life and Work
A minute's success pays the failure of years.
ROBERT BROWNING, prologue, Apollo and the Fates
Success covers a multitude of sins.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
The truth is, everybody I've ever met who's successful is a workaholic.
ICE-T, Men's Health, December 2005
The predominant quality of successful people is optimism.... Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy, and long-lived you will be.
BRIAN TRACY, Focal Point
Don't aim at success--the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue ... as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.
VIKTOR FRANKL, Man's Search for Meaning