The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought is the man who is bound to succeed.
A minute’s success pays the failure of years.
Unless you have courage, a courage that keeps you going, always going, no matter what happens, there is no certainty of success. It is really an endurance race.
What people call success is only preparation for the next failure.
The truth is, everybody I’ve ever met who’s successful is a workaholic.
If a man has been his mother’s undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
Success had ruined many a man.
Success is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each one.
The predominant quality of successful people is optimism…. Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy, and long-lived you will be.
Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
Today we define success by publicity and bank accounts. But that’s not really success at all. Don’t believe the hype. Success is ephemeral. You have to define it yourself.
Take the time to understand what’s behind your success. It’s the best way to ensure it will continue.
Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.
There’s room at the top I’m telling you still
but first you must learn how to smile as you kill
if you want to be like the folks on the hill.
JOHN LENNON, Working Class Hero
Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success — yours or his.
Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.
Neither failure nor success has the power to change your inner state of Being.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.
Success demands paranoia.
Trees are bowed down with weight of fruit,
Clouds big with rain hang low,
So good men humbly bear success,
Nor overweening grow.
They must try who would succeed.
When things go well, you should be suspicious. When things go exceptionally well, start sniffing for the dog crap on the bottom of your shoe.
Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
Success is an easy road (when gained).
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure.
Don’t aim at success–the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue … as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.
The logic of worldly success rests on a fallacy: the strange error that our perfection depends on the thoughts and opinions and applause of other men! A weird life it is, indeed, to be living always in somebody else’s imagination, as if that were the only place in which one could at last become real!
Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.
It is a great presumption to ascribe our successes to our own management, and not to esteem ourselves upon any blessing, rather as it is the bounty of heaven, than the acquisition of our own prudence.
Success is a hidden jewel, and is found but by a few.
Success: a marvelous stimulant, bubbling with inspiration and incitement. But for all except the few who are strong and steadfast, there lurks beneath the effervescence a subtle poison.
Success soon palls. The joyous time is, when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows.
If you sit by the wayside waiting for Success, your knees will be too stiff to follow her when she passes.
The people who succeed the most are the people who have failed the most, because they are people who have tried the most.
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; for, as it surrounds us with friends, who will tell us only our merits, so it silences those enemies from whom alone we can learn our defects.
The worst use that can be made of success is to boast of it.
Success covers a multitude of sins.