quotations about success
When you're in something that's successful, the subconscious fantasies you have about what your life could be start bursting through the surface -- I'll tell that son of a bitch when I get successful enough, or I'll buy this particular thing, or now they'll love me. It creates an enormous amount of expectant hopes and dreams, and it's terrible. Terrible.
ALAN ARKIN, "Alan Arkin: Random Advice from an Older Gentleman", Esquire, February 2013
Overnight success happens only in fairy tales, trashy novels, and bad movies.
ERNIE J. ZELINSKI, 101 Really Important Things You Already Know But Keep Forgetting
Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.
ARTHUR ASHE, attributed, Get Motivated!: Daily Psych-Ups
The greatest happiness of life was to stand at the difficult border between success and failure.
EIJI YOSHIKAWA, Taiko
You're bound to succeed if you have ignorance and confidence.
KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's
Success didn't spoil me, I've always been insufferable.
FRAN LEBOWITZ, attributed, Witty Words from Wise Women: Quips, Quotes, and Comebacks
The secret to success, whether it's women or money, is knowing when to quit. I oughta know: I'm divorced and broke.
SONNY CROCKETT, Miami Vice
Jealousy of other people's success is a sure sign that you feel unfulfilled in your own life. Seeing them enjoy the fruits of their labors is a painful reminder that you do not have what you want nor have you been actively seeking it.
DAVID J. LIEBERMAN, Instant Analysis
Success demands singleness of purpose.
VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership
The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained in sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upwards in the night.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, "The Ladder of St. Augustine"
Those who succeed can't forgive a fellow for being a failure, and those who fail can't forgive him for being a success.
GEORGE HORACE LORIMER, Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son
You're like some kind of superhero that can ward off success at every turn.
LEWIS KINISKI, The Drew Carey Show
If aught be worse than failure from overstress of a life's prime purpose, it is to sit down content with a little success.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON, "Last Words", Poems of Owen Meredith
The ideal of perfect Success is an ideal belonging to the same sort of individual as the inventor of Equal Rights of man and Perfectibility.
WYNDHAM LEWIS, Tarr
Success doesn't come to you. You go to it.
MARVA COLLINS, attributed, Making a Difference in Your World
Success occurs when your dreams get bigger than your excuses.
Work hard in silence. Let your success be your noise.
Success is a helluva drug.
CARLOTA ZIMMERMAN, "Empathy in Emails", Huffington Post, July 10, 2017
The dreams and hopes of men
Are powered by addiction
And who am I to say that
This is an affliction
When everybody gets
Suckered in and lives their
Lives like fiction
Writing their own story
GRAHAM PARKER, "Success"
Success is less about hours of input and more the quality of output.
JON PACKER, "Take Time To Unplug And Check Out This Summer", Huffington Post, July 10, 2017