Cool Quotes on Success

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Here’s over 175 quotes on success to inspire you and help you get motivated to accomplish your goals.

  • You have a responsibility to your work, to your choices. Once you get to a certain level of quality and commitment, you don’t want to go back and make Booty Call 7. – Jamie Foxx
  • The idea is that one’s temperament improves with age; that you learn to deal better with people and become more benevolent and loving. That’s not necessarily true. I try to stay loose but sometimes the best thing to do is get yourself away and take a good nap. – Robert Duvall
  • Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. -Arnold H. Glasow
  • Careers are here and they’re gone. No matter how great we think we are, we’re nothing but the temples of Ozymandias—we’re ruins in the making. – William Shatner
  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. -Abraham Lincoln
  • The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows. -Aristotle Onassis
  • That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had. -Robert Louis Stevenson
  • What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins. -Gene Fowler
  • This is the key to life: the ability to reflect, the ability to know yourself, the ability to pause for a second before reacting automatically. If you can truly know yourself, you will begin the journey of transformation. – Deepak Chopra
  • To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. – Mark Twain
  • Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. -Booker T. Washington
  • You can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. -Napoleon Hill (1883–1970)
  • Everyone has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases. -Jeremy Collier
  • Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one a second time. -Josh Billings
  • Customers should complain more. You know, food’s expensive nowadays. And these sommeliers come along with their thousand-page wine list and practically throw it in your lap. They’re all businessmen and know that customers get intimidated and buy something overpriced. I say, always put them on the spot. ‘You come back to me with a red wine at $30, $40. Come back to me with a choice.’ – Gordon Ramsay
  • Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. -Dale Carnegie
  • The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. -Vince Lombardi
  • If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. -Jospeph Addison
  • If you fall out of favor, you quickly stop being part of the conversation. But it can take one great project to turn things around. All you need is one hit or one great idea well-executed, and everybody’s talking about you again. – Chris O’Donnell
  • Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to. -Author Unknown
  • Among the things that you, and you alone, are the absolute and final judge of is whether or not you are a success. -Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
  • The trick to getting ahead is to give it the same effort you give to getting even. -Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
  • What have I done? I’ve blundered my way through life. So I have my picture on the wall. The minute I die, that picture will start to yellow and fade and eventually be gone. Blown in the wind and become part of the molecular structure of something else. These things we see as success, they’re non-accomplishments. – William Shatner
  • Success on a cosmic level completely eludes me. I’m deeply suspicious of things being too good. It’s part of my superstition, I think, to generate pain in order to give the illusion of gain. I’m not saying I reject success, but honestly, I don’t quite know how to deal with it. It’s an old feeling: As soon as you have the thing you’ve been going after all your life, that reasonable degree of security, you start kicking against it, doubting it. — Hugh Laurie
  • The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That — with the squalid interpretation put on the word success — is our national disease. -William James, 11 September 1906
  • If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average. -M.H. Alderson
  • The secret to a happy marriage? Do whatever your wife tells you. ‘Yes, dear.’ And breathe. – Denzel Washington
  • A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it. -W.C. Fields
  • Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it…. Success is shy — it won’t come out while you’re watching. -Tennessee Williams
  • What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. -Margaret Thatcher
  • Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles. -Walter Cronkite
  • What will matter is not your success but your significance…. -Michael Josephson, from “What Will Matter” (poem), 2003, whatwillmatter.com
  • Beauty is no accomplishment on its own. It’s what you do with it. – Padma Lakshmi
  • I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one’s business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind. -George Bernard Shaw, 28 August 1896
  • Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. -George Smith Patton
  • A lot of young actors have the idea that, I’ve got to do this right. There’s a right way to do this. But there’s no right or wrong. There’s only good and bad. And bad usually happens when you’re trying too hard to do it right. There’s a very broad spectrum of things that can inhibit you. The most important thing for actors – and not just actors, but everybody – is to feel loose enough to create what you want to create, and be free to try anything. To have choices. – Robert DeNiro
  • Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment. -Ross Perot
  • You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream. -Michael Dell
  • Why am I doing the work I’m doing? Why am I friends with this person? Am I living the best life I possibly can? Questions are often looked upon as questions of doubt but I don’t see it that way at all. I question things to stay present, to make sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace. -Mike Ditka
  • Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. -Author Unknown
  • Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. -Confucius
  • Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. -Bill Gates
  • I’m very glad my mother didn’t let me quit piano lessons at age 10. She said I wasn’t old enough or good enough to make that decision, and she was right. I remember at the time I was shocked. I did not like that my mother said those things to me. But when I got a chance to play with Yo-Yo Ma or more recently with Aretha Franklin, I thought, I’m really glad she said what she did. – Condoleezza Rice
  • If someone’s not attacking you that means you’re not doing your job effectively. –Sean Hannity
  • If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. –Henry Ford
  • I used to live an isolated existence, even in relationships, but now my family knows me for who I really am. Mostly, that’s a good thing. – Tim Allen
  • There is little success where there is little laughter. -Andrew Carnegie
  • The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two: common-sense and perseverance. -Owen Feltham
  • Yoga is the best thing for your sex life. It keeps you limber in all kinds of ways. It teaches you to love your body and your partner’s body. But more than anything, it keeps your mind liquid, and nothing’s sexier than that. – Woody Harrelson
  • If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you. -Author Unknown
  • Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn
  • There’s an idea I came across a few years ago that I love: My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance and in inverse proportion to my expectations. That’s the key for me. If I can accept the truth of ‘This is what I’m facing — not what can I expect but what I am experiencing now’ — then I have all this freedom to do other things. – Michael J. Fox
  • Careful thinking and hard work will solve nearly all your problems. Try and see for yourself. -Ullery
  • If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success. -Malcolm X
  • Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure. -Earl Wilson
  • Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction. -Al Bernstein
  • The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  • Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now. -Jonatan Mårtensson
  • Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. -Napoleon Hill
  • Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good. -Joe Paterno
  • My tombstone? I’m thinking something along the lines of ‘Geez, he was just here a minute ago.’ – George Carlin
  • Some aspects of success seem rather silly as death approaches. -Donald A. Miller
  • Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. -Albert Einstein
  • It’s cool to be a nerd. There’s a general understanding that smartphones didn’t come from jocks. The digital age was foreseen by a group of short-sleeved, buttoned-down, white-shirted guys and their female equivalents designing the very stuff that’s now ubiquitous. – J.J. Abrams
  • I think people sometimes don’t pay enough attention to what they do. I’ve done well, but the reason is pretty simple: I’ve worked my ass off. The toughest thing a performer can do is make it look as if it comes easy. – Justin Timberlake
  • Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me. – Denzel Washington
  • Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. -Evan Esar
  • Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. -Bruce Lee
  • Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get. -Dale Carnegie
  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. -Vince Lombardi
  • Success is the child of audacity. -Benjamin Disraeli
  • The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success. -Author Unknown
  • Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford
  • The man who makes a success of an important venture never wails for the crowd. He strikes out for himself. It takes nerve, it takes a great lot of grit; but the man that succeeds has both. Anyone can fail. The public admires the man who has enough confidence in himself to take a chance. These chances are the main things after all. The man who tries to succeed must expect to be criticized. Nothing important was ever done but the greater number consulted previously doubted the possibility. Success is the accomplishment of that which most people think can’t be done. -C. V. White
  • If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. -Author Unknown
  • Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen. – Dax Shepard
  • ’May the Force be with you’ is charming but it’s not important. What’s important is that you become the Force – for yourself and perhaps for other people. – Harrison Ford
  • Many people don’t have the ability to be rich, because they’re too lazy or they don’t have the desire or the stick-to-itiveness. It’s a talent. Some people have a talent for piano. Some people have a talent for raising a family. Some people have a talent for golf. I just happen to have a talent for making money. – Donald Trump
  • In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. -Bill Cosby
  • Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. -Orison Swett Marden
  • To tell you the truth, I never thought of myself as much of a success. – Stan Lee
  • Being in the moment means not being distracted by the melodrama and hysteria around you. Present-moment awareness allows solutions to emerge. – Deepak Chopra
  • The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do, well. -Henry W. Longfellow
  • I think the first half of my 20s I felt I had to achieve, achieve, achieve. A lot of men do this. I’m looking around now and I’m like, Where am I running? – Justin Timberlake
  • Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil. – J. Paul Getty
  • Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill
  • What brought me into the TV business is what keeps me here and happy. You can learn something new every day if you have a really positive attitude. – Katie Couric
  • When I was younger I’d berate myself: You’re fat, you’re not a good dancer, you’ll never have a boyfriend. I don’t sweat that kind of stuff anymore. Now every day is a miracle. I’ve also learned that if something is painful or upsetting, you shouldn’t hide from it. You should make it part of your life instead. – Valerie Harper
  • There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. – Christopher Morley
  • Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. — Tony Hsieh
  • The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. -Theodore Roosevelt
  • Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. -John Wooden
  • The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ -Maria Montessori
  • The secret of my success is a two word answer: Know people. – Harvey S. Firestone
  • Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. -Lily Tomlin
  • If at first you do succeed — try to hide your astonishment. -Author Unknown
  • The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way. -Robert Kiyosaki
  • When my oldest boy was about 14, I started to talk to him about some of the mistakes I made in life, just to put a few dents in that shiny armor. – Denzel Washington
  • We’re at a point in history where everyone needs to pay attention to politics. Too much is at stake for us to be apathetic. – Kevin Costner
  • In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. -Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book
  • Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. -Robert Collier
  • Success is 99 percent failure. -Soichiro Honda
  • The closer one gets to the top, the more one finds there is no “top.” -Nancy Barcus
  • Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. -William Feather
  • Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. -Albert Einstein
  • If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. -Arthur McAuliff (Thanks, Fernanda)
  • To freely bloom — that is my definition of success. -Gerry Spence
  • I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. -Bill Cosby
  • It’s important to save your money. We need it for the long haul but too many Americans don’t save and don’t invest. It used to be that people would be proud of the fact that they were middle class. You’d have your church and buy a house and you had a car and everything else. Now, it’s really, really tough. Everybody has financial issues except for the one percent. – Michael Douglas
  • How do you achieve success? Well, for one thing, you don’t define it before you achieve it. -Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
  • Daily meditation keeps me sane. I memorize prayers or poems that express my highest spiritual ideals, and quietly, word for word, go through the prayer first thing in the morning. Julian of Norwich or St. Francis or the compassionate Buddha. It’s called passage meditation. You internalize the perennial philosophies. – Ashley Judd
  • How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten? -Logan Smith
  • Impatience never commanded success. -Edwin H. Chapin
  • A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience. -Elbert Hubbard
  • Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results. -William James
  • I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–which is: Try to please everybody. -Herbert Bayard Swope
  • The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down as a failure. -B.C. Forbes
  • As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it’s leaning against the right building. -Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself. -Theodore T. Hunger
  • Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. -Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • I heard that someone asked Mother Teresa what was most important in her work. I thought she’d say the Rosary but she said, ‘My nuns and I take very good care of ourselves so we can tend to the lepers and do whatever we need to assist.’ If you’re strong, or at least not hurting, you can inspire others. – Valerie Harper
  • Success has made failures of many men. -Cindy Adams
  • I’ve been very lucky. All I wanted was to pay the rent. Then these characters took off and suddenly there were Hulk coffee mugs and Iron Man lunchboxes and The Avengers sweatshirts everywhere. Money’s okay, but what I really like is working. – Stan Lee
  • The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. -Irving Berlin
  • God lets you be successful because he trusts you that you will do the right thing with it. Now, does he get disappointed often? All the time, because people get there and they forget how they got it. -Steve Harvey
  • Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. -Swami Vivekananda
  • The very wealthy and the very famous have a much closer affinity with the indigent street person than with the rest of us. There’s the narcissism, the addiction, even the outlandish dress. Often they don’t put great value in relationships. – Dr. Drew Pinsky
  • If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style. -Quentin Crisp
  • It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final. -Author Unknown
  • We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired to glory. -Cicero
  • He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction. -Bessie Stanley, 1905, commonly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When I was 15, I left school to start a magazine, and it became a success because I wouldn’t take no for an answer. I remember banging on James Baldwin’s door to ask for an interview when he came to England. Then I got Jean-Paul Sartre’s home phone number and asked him to contribute. If I’d been 30, he might have said no, but I was a 15-year-old with passion and he was charmed. Making money was always just a side product of having a good time and creating things nobody’d seen before. – Richard Branson
  • Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. -Oscar Wilde
  • The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. -Ayn Rand
  • When I look at myself as a younger actor, I see what a tight ass I was. I had a pretty big shadow because of my father and the comparisons. I was self-conscious about that. Now I realize there was nothing to be worried about. – Michael Douglas
  • Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves. -Larry King
  • I want to be a jazzman until the day I die. To help keep that motion, momentum and movement going, for myself, for my students, for the people who hear me. Oh sure, some days you look around at this country and look at the evidence and think, Oh Lord, don’t look good. But you keep moving. You gotta keep moving. – Cornel West
  • Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. -Arnold H. Glasow
  • He is great enough who is his own master.
  • If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
  • Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it. -Elbert Hubbard
  • I was blessed to look well and retain a youthful look but that was just genes. I was disappointed when critics started pointing out my wrinkles. I thought, you mean this is what it’s gonna be about now? I’m not going to be permitted to be human? – Robert Redford
  • The starting point of all achievement is desire. – Napoleon Hill
  • I’m always trying to tackle subjects that tax me and make me think. That’s the key to staying young at heart. The brain has to be exercised the same as the rest of the body. – Clint Eastwood
  • I couldn’t wait for success… so I went ahead without it. -Jonathan Winters
  • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill
  • To find someone who will love you through success and failure is to discover how little life has to do with either. -Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
  • Strength, Knowledge, Between I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. – George S. Patton
  • Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom. -Euripides
  • Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it. -Author Unknown
  • Ignore the naysayers. Really the only option is, head down and focus on the job. – Chris Pine
  • They can because they think they can. -Virgil
  • Motherhood is given the brush-off in our society. ‘Oh, I’m just a mom,’ you hear women say. ‘Just’ a mom? Please! Being a mom is everything. It’s mentorship, it’s inspirational, it’s our hope for the future. – Sally Field
  • I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan
  • Action is the foundational key to all success. -Pablo Picasso
  • Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius. -An Wang
  • Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. -David Frost
  • I never thought about heaven per se. I think when you’re dead, you’re dead. If anything happens after that, you just hope you don’t go to hell. – Helen Thomas
  • Eighty percent of success is showing up. -Woody Allen
  • As human beings we have unlimited potential and imagination. The worst thing you can do is be a conformist and buy into conformity. It’s the worst possible thing. It’s better to be outrageous. It’s better to hang out with the sages, the people open to possibilities, even the psychotics. You never know where you’ll find the geniuses of our society. – Deepak Chopra
  • In the end, success is not about who you know, it’s about you know who. -Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
  • There is no point at which you can say, “Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.” -Carrie Fisher
  • Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success. -Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  • Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. -Vince Lombardi
  • Hey, if I don’t have a job, I don’t know why I bother to get up. Any time the phone rings, I’m ready to go. What else am I going to do? See, I’ve never retired. I don’t even know what it means. – Morgan Freeman
  • Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re really not. They’re companions — the hero and the sidekick. -Laurence Shames
  • Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. -John Wooden
  • We never know, believe me, when we have succeeded best. -Miguel de Unamuno, Essays and Soliloquies, 1925
  • The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. -Frank Loyd Wright
  • People ask, ‘What’s the best role you’ve ever played?’ The next one. – Kevin Kline
  • Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There’s no use in being a damn fool about it. -W.C. Fields
  • There’s no such thing as overnight success. That’s my concern with a show like American Idol. It encourages the false belief that there’s a kind of magic, that you can be ‘discovered.’ That may be the way television works, but it’s not the way the world works. Rising to the top of any field requires an enormous amount of dedication, focus, drive, talent, and 99 factors that they don’t show on television. It’s not simply about being picked. Which, by the way, is why very few of the anointed winners on American Idol have gone on to true success. Most have flamed out and gone away. That should tell us something. – Malcolm Gladwell
  • I always think if Dad climbed up out of the grave, he’d look at me and say, ‘Kyle, you son of a bitch, why don’t you get a real job?’ But then he would look at the business side and say, ‘Okay, I get it now.’ – Kyle Chandler

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