quotations about success
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
Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.
PABLO PICASSO, Vogue, November 1, 1956
Success soon palls. The joyous time is, when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows.
CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought
If you sit by the wayside waiting for Success, your knees will be too stiff to follow her when she passes.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
MAYA ANGELOU, attributed, Telling It Like It Is
If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut.
ALBERT EINSTEIN, remark to Samuel J. Woolf, summer 1929
Success serves men as a pedestal. It makes them seem greater when not measured by reflection.
JOSEPH JOUBERT, Pensées
Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend's success without envy.
Success is sweet: the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats.
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk
There are two principles for creative success -- one general and one definitive. The general principle is that everyone has the ability to be creative and make a big difference in this world. The definitive principle is that almost everyone has volunteered to be exempt from the general principle.
ERNIE J. ZELINSKI, The Lazy Person's Guide to Success: How to Get What You Want Without Killing Yourself for It
The chances of a man's succeeding who does not love his work are very small. For all success costs labor.
FRANK CHAPMAN SHARP, Success: A Course in Moral Instruction
The successful man is the one that understands the true meaning of life, that takes its outlook on to another stage of existence, that shows sympathy toward his fellow man in all his dealings, that can find true enjoyment in doing his daily work of whatever character that be, that has an eye for the beauties of nature all around him, that, while not destitute of honorable ambition, has learned contentment with his lot in life, and that is ready to do what he can to make the lot of others brighter and better. This man is not controlled by the rule of gold, but by the golden rule.
HENRY F. KLETZING & ELMER L. KLETZING, Traits of Character Illustrated in Bible Light
Nothing succeeds like success.
URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Left Hand of Darkness
The measure of my success is the measure of my happiness.
WILLIAM JOHN LOCKE, The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne
If you don't tell people about your success, they probably won't know about it.
DONALD TRUMP, Trump: How to Get Rich
If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
SIGMUND FREUD, A Childhood Recollection
Success had ruined many a man.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac
Success is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each one.
BARBRA STREISAND, attributed, Little Giant Encyclopedia of Inspirational Quotes
Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
ANTHONY ROBBINS, attributed, 101 Best Ways to Get Ahead
Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.
VANESSA REDGRAVE, attributed, Good-bye Baby and Amen