quotations about success
It wasn't until I'd met everyone else's measure of success that I realized I'd failed myself.
RICK REMENDER, Black Science, No. 1, November 2013
Success in business, as in life, is often largely just a matter of luck.
FELIX G. ROHATYN, Dealings: A Political and Financial Life
Every person falls down at some point. Successful people choose to get back up.
DAVE RAMSEY, daily tip, official Dave Ramsey website
You can make a lot of money. You can rule kingdoms or run huge businesses or control vast terrain. But if you're just doing it for yourself, you're not really a success.
ANTHONY ROBBINS, Unlimited Power: a Black Choice
The thing I remember best about "successful people" I've met is their obvious delight in what they do. And their delight seems to have very little to do with the trappings of worldly success.
FRED ROGERS, You Are Special: Neighborly Wit and Wisdom from Mister Rogers
As naturally as the ruled always took the morality imposed upon them more seriously than did the rulers themselves, the deceived masses are today captivated by the myth of success even more than the successful are. Immovably, they insist on the very ideology which enslaves them. The misplaced love of the common people for the wrong which is done to them is a greater force than the cunning of the authorities.
THEODOR W. ADORNO, Dialectic of Enlightenment
Desperation is the surest road to success.
HARRY SOLOMON, "The Physics of Being Dick", 3rd Rock From the Sun
Success is terrifying. Like happiness, it is often appreciated in retrospect. It's only later that you place it in perspective. Years from now, I'll look back and say, "God, wasn't it wonderful?"
JULIE ANDREWS, This Week, September 18, 1966
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