SUCCESS QUOTES XI

quotations about success

Success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square.

MICHELLE OBAMA, speech at Democratic National Convention, September 4, 2012

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Success depends less on the general superiority of one's intellectual powers, than on their peculiar adaptation to the work at hand.

WILLIAM MATHEWS, Hints on Success in Life

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At the top of the mountain we are all snow leopards.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON, Kingdom of Fear

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Success is the result of psychologically preparing for it, prior to achieving it!

CARMELLO ANTHONY, Twitter post, December 3, 2011

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Yes, success is everything. Failure is more common. Most achieve a sort of middling thing, but fortunately one's situation is always blurred, you never know absolutely quite where you are.

DONALD BARTHELME, "The Crisis"

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Only ambition is fired by the coincidences of success and easy accomplishment.

STEFAN ZWEIG, Stellar Moments in Human History

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People who think achieving success is a linear A-to-Z process, a straight shot to the top, simply aren't in touch with reality. There are very few bona fide overnight success stories. It just doesn't work that way. Success appears to happen overnight because we all see stories in newspapers and on TV about previously unknown people who have suddenly become famous. But consider a sequoia tree that has been growing for several hundred years. Just because a television crew one day decides to do a story about that tree doesn't mean it didn't exist before.

DONALD TRUMP, How to Get Rich

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Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.

BILL GATES, The Road Ahead

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To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.

ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation

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It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failure.

SAMUEL SMILES, Self-Help

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When your ship comes in, if you are like most people, instead of being thankful, you will find fault with the captain for the delay.

EDGAR WATSON HOWE, Country Town Sayings

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While success is necessary to happiness, it must be remembered that the term is a relative one; in other words, that there are many degrees of success, among which the highest are neither attainable by all, nor essential to felicity.

WILLIAM MATHEWS, Hints on Success in Life

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The best way to ensure success is to start growing today. No matter where you may be starting from, don't be discouraged; everyone who got where he is started where he was.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, Self-Improvement 101

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Many give way when success is assured, and rapidly fall back into failure.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

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There are two unpardonable sins in this world -- success and failure.

GEORGE HORACE LORIMER, Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

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The success of today may be the disaster of tomorrow and of other days to be. The failure of today may be an everlasting success.

JOHN DANIEL BARRY, "The Dead", Reactions and Other Essays

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It must be admitted that the pleasure of a long-sought, ardently desired success, dreamed of by night and toiled for by day, is, probably, as complete as anything this side of heaven.

WILLIAM MATHEWS, Hints on Success in Life

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Success and failure are not dealt out like prizes and blanks in a lottery, by chance and indiscriminately; but there is a reason for every success and failure. Indolence, chicanery, waste will cause the one; while industry, honesty, and thrift will insure the other.

JAMES PLATT, Platt's Essays

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I wrote a song about success, which I called "It Hasn't Happened Yet." Because success is never there. Success should always be just beyond your grasp.

WILLIAM SHATNER, Esquire, May 2012

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There are none so low but they have their triumphs. Small successes suffice for small souls.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

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