quotations about success
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
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
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 a planned outcome, not an accident. Success and mediocrity are both absolutely predictable because they follow the natural and immutable law of sowing and reaping. Simply stated, if you want to reap more rewards, you must sow more.
TOMMY NEWBERRY, Success Is Not an Accident
The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, The Summing Up
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
There has appeared in our time a particular class of books and articles which I sincerely and solemnly think may be called the silliest ever known among men. They are much more wild than the wildest romances of chivalry and much more dull than the dullest religious tract. Moreover, the romances of chivalry were at least about chivalry; the religious tracts are about religion. But these things are about nothing; they are about what is called Success. On every bookstall, in every magazine, you may find works telling people how to succeed. They are books showing men how to succeed in everything; they are written by men who cannot even succeed in writing books. To begin with, of course, there is no such thing as Success. Or, if you like to put it so, there is nothing that is not successful. That a thing is successful merely means that it is; a millionaire is successful in being a millionaire and a donkey in being a donkey. Any live man has succeeded in living; any dead man may have succeeded in committing suicide. But, passing over the bad logic and bad philosophy in the phrase, we may take it, as these writers do, in the ordinary sense of success in obtaining money or worldly position. These writers profess to tell the ordinary man how he may succeed in his trade or speculation--how, if he is a builder, he may succeed as a builder; how, if he is a stockbroker, he may succeed as a stockbroker. They profess to show him how, if he is a grocer, he may become a sporting yachtsman; how, if he is a tenth-rate journalist, he may become a peer; and how, if he is a German Jew, he may become an Anglo-Saxon. This is a definite and business-like proposal, and I really think that the people who buy these books (if any people do buy them) have a moral, if not a legal, right to ask for their money back. Nobody would dare to publish a book about electricity which literally told one nothing about electricity; no one would dare to publish an article on botany which showed that the writer did not know which end of a plant grew in the earth. Yet our modern world is full of books about Success and successful people which literally contain no kind of idea, and scarcely any kind of verbal sense.
G. K. CHESTERTON, "The Fallacy of Success", All Things Considered
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome while trying to succeed.
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, Up From Slavery
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