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
We sink to rise.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Letters and Social Aims
What people call success is only preparation for the next failure.
AUGUST STRINDBERG, A Dream Play
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
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
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
Success covers a multitude of sins.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
I can. I will. End of story.
A minute's success pays the failure of years.
ROBERT BROWNING, prologue, Apollo and the Fates
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
Success can be wracking and reproachful, to you and those close to you. It can entangle you with legends that are consuming and all but impossible to live up to.
GORDON PARKS, Voices in the Mirror
Unless you have courage, a courage that keeps you going, always going, no matter what happens, there is no certainty of success. It is really an endurance race.
HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, February 1930
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 demands paranoia.
JOSEPH FINDER, Paranoia
Trees are bowed down with weight of fruit,
Clouds big with rain hang low,
So good men humbly bear success,
Nor overweening grow.
BHARTRHARI, "The Path of Altruism"
About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure.
TOMMY LASORDA, The Artful Dodger