Success Quotes
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Our wide selection of success quotes explore what it means to be successful. Many famous authors connect doing good with achieving success. Others speak of having fun and enjoying the...

...journey. What are the clues that tell you someone is really successful?  Is it more about money or meaning? I invite you to use these success quotes to inspire you to list the goals and achievements you’d most like to accomplish.  Put some of your favorite quotes on Post-It notes and stick them up in your work space and at home. Keep visualizing your success. See it, feel it, smell it…and go for it!


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The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.
David Orr

To dream anything that you want to dream, that’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.
Bernard Edmonds

A business is successful to the extent that it provides a product or service that contributes to happiness in all of its forms.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
Earl Nightingale

Happiness is the key to success.
Albert Schweitzer

Traditional thinking is not working. I contend that creative and innovative thinking is one of the most – if not the most – critical success factors needed for employees and businesses to succeed in the 21st century.
Larry R. Thompson

We become more successful when we are happier and more positive.
Shawn Achor

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
Maya Angelou

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Christopher Morley

For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
James Allen

Success comes in cans, not in cannots.
Joel H. Weldon

Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.
Marilyn vos Savant

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
Reggie Leach

All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
Brian Tracy

For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others.
Eleanor Roosevelt

To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success.
Anna Pavlova

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
Conrad Hilton

Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you derive from what you do.
Michael Korda

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between he does what he wants to do.
Bob Dylan

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games; 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

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, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run - in the long-run, I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.
Viktor Frankl

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

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.
Thomas J. Watson

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
Anna Quindlen

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous. On the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.
W. Somerset Maugham

To freely bloom - that is my definition of success.
Gerry Spence

To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world -- that I am able to change it in positive ways.
Maxine Hong Kingston

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
Mark Twain

What constitutes success? She who has achieved success has lived well; laughed often and loved much; has gained the respect of little children; has filled her niche and accomplished her task; has left the world better than she found it; has always looked for the best in others and given the best she had.
Bessie Anderson Stanley

Success is how you collect your minutes. You spend millions of minutes to reach one triumph, one moment, then you spend maybe a thousand minutes enjoying it. If you were unhappy through those millions of minutes, what good is the thousand minutes of triumph? It doesn't equate… Life is made of small pleasures. Good eye contact over the breakfast table with your wife. A moment of touching a friend. Happiness is made of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. If you don't have all those zillions of tiny successes, the big ones don't mean anything.
Norman Lear

To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate.
Michael Jordan

I have always found that my view of success has been iconoclastic: success to me is not about money or status or fame, its about finding a livelihood that brings me joy and self-sufficiency and a sense of contributing to the world.
Dame Anita Roddick

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

Action is the foundational key to all success.
Anthony Robbins

Eighty percent of success is showing up.
Woody Allen

Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.
Johnny Carson

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas Alva Edison

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
Dale Carnegie

Success is a journey, not a destination.
Ben Sweetland

Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most.
Al Capp

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau

Successful people pay more attention to their visions and goals than to history and the opinions of others.
Alan Cohen

The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.
Mark Twain

The successful man is the one who had the chance and took it.
Roger Babson

There is little success where there is little laughter.
Andrew Carnegie

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson



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