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Success is the end result of creativity and all of the hard work around it. It is never guaranteed and should always be celebrated and enjoyed. After all, this is what it is all about. And you, of course, define what success is, whether it be changing someone else’s mind or getting seriously rich.

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effort, enthusiasm, goals*, luck, passion, persistence*, problems


‘Eighty percent of success is showing up.’

Woody Allen

‘The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion.’

Alexander Graham Bell

‘The creative man with an insight into human nature, with the artistry to touch and move people, will succeed. Without them he will fail.’

Bill Bernabach

The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.’

Irving Berlin

‘If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.’

Napoleon Boneparte

‘The most dangerous moment comes with victory.’

Napoleon Boneparte

‘The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds -- success.’

Edmund Burke

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal.’

Sydney Charles Buxton

‘Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.’

Dale Carnegie

‘Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.’

Dale Carnegie

‘Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.’

Dale Carnegie

‘The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.’

Salvador Dali

‘Success is never final.’

Winston Churchill

‘I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.’

Walter Cronkite

‘The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly.’

Cecil B. De Mille

‘There is a kind of success that is indistinguishable from panic.’

Edward Degas

‘The secret of success is constancy of purpose.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘No other area offers richer opportunities for successful innovation than the unexpected success.’

Peter F. Drucker

‘Nothing succeeds like success.’

— Alexander Dumas

‘The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours.’

Thomas Alva Edison

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

Thomas Alva Edison

‘Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.’

Thomas Alva Edison

‘Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.’

Albert Einstein

‘Success: 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 know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.’


‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.’

W. C. Fields

‘Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.’

Bill Gates

‘Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.’

Oliver Goldsmith

‘Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure.’

Joseph Heller

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

Conrad Hilton

‘Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.’

Abraham Lincoln

‘The truth is, success often occurs for reasons we don’t expect, under circumstances over which we have little control and sometimes unrelated to our own efforts. There is only one other lesson that success should teach us: Be as amazed by your own success as your friends are. If you truly are, you stand the best chance to repeat it.’

Harvey Mackay

‘When any creativity becomes useful, it is sucked into the vortex of commercialism, and when a thing becomes commercial, it becomes the enemy of man.’

Arthur Miller

‘Nothing fails like success.’

Richard Tanner Pascale

‘Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.’

George S. Patton

‘Whatever made you successful in the past won’t in future.’

Lew Platt

‘If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure.’

Dan Quayle

‘A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.’

Charles M. Schwab

‘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 his courtship. I like the state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.’

George Bernard Shaw

‘If you train yourself to listen to your intuition and to follow its bidding, you will greatly increase your percentage of success in life.’

Harold Sherman

‘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

‘To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.’

Robert Louis Stevenson

‘I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.’

Vidal Sassoon

‘The most successful scientists are not the most talented. But they are the ones who are impelled by curiosity. They’ve got to know what the answer is’

Arthur Schawlow

‘There is no success without hardship.’


‘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 to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.’

Booker T. Washington

‘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

‘Companies fail when they continue doing for too long that which made them successful in the past.’

John Young



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