quotations about success
Success is somebody else's failure.
URSULA K. LE GUIN, Dancing at the Edge of the World
A person acting from a motivation of contribution and service rises to such a level of moral authority, that worldly success is a natural result.
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, A Return to Love
I'm convinced that business success in the future starts with the question, What should I do with my life? Yes, that's right.... People don't succeed by migrating to a "hot" industry (one word: dotcom) or by adopting a particular career-guiding mantra (remember "horizontal careers"?). They thrive by focusing on the question of who they really are--and connecting that to work that they truly love (and, in so doing, unleashing a productive and creative power that they never imagined).
PO BRONSON, What Should I Do With My Life?
Success is not necessarily determined by material possessions or accomplishments. You can enjoy success simply by reaching the point where you are perfectly content with your life in every respect and you feel no dissatisfaction or pressing need for anything else. In this sense, you can be a success sitting by yourself in a quiet place contemplating the world.
BRIAN TRACY, The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success
Great success is a great temptation.
THEODORE PARKER, "A Sermon of the Moral Dangers incident to Prosperity"
Success is the child of Audacity.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI, The Rise of Iskander
Success isn't outscoring someone, it's the peace of mind that comes from self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best. Success is a journey, not a destination--half the fun is getting there.
GITA BELLIN, A Sharing of Completion and Celebration
You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
MICHAEL PHELPS, Woman's Day, April 1, 2009
Beware the serpent, slyly hid, which stings
The soul with poison of Prosperity.
EDWARD ROBESON TAYLOR, "Adversity"
If a man has directed his course to great ends there is compensation even in ruin.
ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life
Success requires enough optimism to provide hope and enough pessimism to prevent complacency.
DAVID G. MYERS, Exploring Psychology
No matter whether failure came
A thousand different times,
For one brief moment of success,
Life rang its golden chimes.
EDWIN LEIBFREED, "I Am Content"
Our success at friendship, business, sports, love--indeed, at nearly every enterprise we attempt--is largely determined by our self-image. People who have a confidence in their personal worth seem to be magnets for success and happiness.
ALAN LOY MCGINNIS, Confidence: How to Succeed at Being Yourself
The secret of success is this: There is no secret of success.
ELBERT HUBBARD, The American Bible
In times of success remember many have succeeded even better than thou: in times of failure, remember many have failed even worse than thou.
IVAN PANIN, Thoughts
Quick souls have their intensest life in the first anticipatory sketch of what may or will be, and the pursuit of their wish is the pursuit of that paradisiacal vision which only impelled them, and is left farther and farther behind, vanishing forever even out of hope in the moment which is called success.
GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt
To attain "success" without attaining positive self-esteem is to be condemned to feeling like an imposter anxiously awaiting exposure.
NATHANIEL BRANDEN, The Power of Self-Esteem
Success is partly a matter of luck, and may be a question of cowardice. Just as cowards come back from wartime alive, so they may get rich and sleek and influential.
EDWARD HOAGLAND, Balancing Acts
Perpetuating success or sliding into decline is the result of many intersecting forces that reinforce one another directly and indirectly. They are both cause and effect of winning or losing. Winning generates positive forces, losing generates negative forces.
ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, Confidence
Your intention sets the universe in motion. The universe flows in the direction of your intention, and so it is important to be clear on your exact intention in any situation. If you are absolutely clear as to your intent, your subconscious success mechanism will support you in getting there. Most people encounter problems in creating the kind of life they want because they have not clearly determined where they want to go, or visualized what it is going to look like when they get there. Those who lead purposeful, successful lives do so because they have set up in their mind a clear picture of what they want to create in their lives.
ROBERT ANTHONY, Beyond Positive Thinking