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Quotes on Success:
Motivational Quotes On Being Successful

Continually reading quotes on success can be a wonderful tool when you need that push to keep trying, to keep doing - to help you stay on the path to success, when all you want to do is step off the road and hide away.

So when you need encouragement, take the time to read a famous quote on success to bolster your flagging spirits and to encourage you each day.

Really great quotes on success can give you an enormous amount of inspiration and support, day after day. And if you continue to read quotations such as these long enough, you'll actually begin believing them - and believing in yourself too! What a wonderful feeling!

The inspirational quotes on success that follow have been carefully selected to bring you inspiring insights and awareness, so that you can work toward the successes that you truly deserve.

Favorite Motivating and Inspiring Quotes on Success

"One's own thought is one's world. What a person thinks is what he becomes."

~Upanishads
Part of the Hindu scriptures which primarily focuses on philosophy, meditation, and the nature of God.


"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'"

~Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
Married to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she was the First Lady from 1933 to 1945.


"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

~Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer.


"The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides."

~Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821 - 1881)
Amiel a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.


"A man becomes what he thinks about, most of the time."

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

"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 little 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 the meaning of success."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Famous American author, essayist, poet, and philosopher.


"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."

~Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)
Bagehot was a British businessman, essayist, journalist, and editor for The Economist newspaper. He mainly wrote about literature, government issues, economic affairs and other such topics.


"Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible."

~Pearl Bailey (1918 - 1990)
Ella Mae Bailey was an American singer and actress both on Broadway and in films.


"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."

~Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
A British politician who served as Prime Minster of the United Kingdom--twice. The first appointment was from 1940 to 1945, where he demonstrated his skill in leadership during the British war effort. His second service to office was held between 1951 and 1955.


"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these."

~George Washington Carver (1864 - 1943)
Carver was an American botanical researcher and agronomy educator, teaching black farmers and former slaves how to be self-sufficient through farming techniques.


"The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want."

~Ben Stein (1944 - )
Benjamin Stein used to be a lawyer, law professor, as well as a White House speechwriter early in his career. However, he's more well-known as an American writer, commentator, Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, and game show host.


"All good things which exist are the fruits of originality."

~John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)
Mill was a civil servant and member of the British Parliament. His main interests were in political philosophy, ethics, economics, and inductive logic.


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

~Cecil B. DeMille (1881 - 1859)
Although considered a tyrant on the set, DeMille was a successful, flamboyant American filmmaker who directed dozens of silent films.


"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

~John R. Wooden (1910 - )
A retired American basketball coach with 10 NCAA National Championships to his credit while coaching at UCLA.


"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."

~Paul Valéry (1871 - 1945)
Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry was a philosopher, essayist and French poet.


"Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better."

~John Updike (1932 - )
An American writer who's most famous for his Rabbit series of books. He also writes poetry, children's books, short stories, and non-fiction.


"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first."

~Harry S. Truman (1884 - 1972)
Truman was originally the vice president until he succeeded to office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, when he then became the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953).


"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."

~Bill Cosby (1937 - )
Cosby is a popular American actor, standup and television comedian, television producer, and activist. He created a very popular cartoon show called Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids which ran from 1972 to 1979, then changed it to The New Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids from 1979 to 1984. He also produced the well-known family TV-sitcom, The Cosby Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992.


"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way."

~Satchel Paige (1906 – 1982)
Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige was an American baseball player who pitched in several different black leagues (leagues comprising predominantly African-American teams) and in Major League Baseball. A right-hand pitcher, his career spanned from mid-1920s until 1965.


"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

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

~Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)
Edison was a businessman and a prolific American inventor. Holding 1,093 U.S. patents (along with patents in other countries), he invented many devices during his lifetime. The ones that we are most familiar with, and which he is most famous for, are the phonograph and a long lasting light bulb.


"Formula for success: Underpromise and overdeliver."

~Tom Peters (born November 7, 1942)
Peters is an American writer and expert on business management practices. He is best-known for co-writing the classic book, "In Search of Excellence," with Robert H. Waterman, Jr.


"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimisim a way of life can restore your faith in yourself."

~Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989)
Lucille Ball was one of America's most favorite actresses and had one of Hollywood's longest acting careers. As a comedienne and actress, she's most well-known for her sitcom television series: I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Here's Lucy. She was a major movie star from the 1930s to the 1970s, and appeared on television for more than 30 years.


"It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong."

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)
Famous for writing "Paul Revere's Ride", Longfellow, an American poet, and was one of the five members of a group of 19th-century American poets from New England known as the Fireside Poets.


"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."

~George Smith Patton, Jr. (1885 - 1945)
Patton was a famous U.S. Army general during World War II. He comes from a long line of soldiers dating back to the American Revolution. His nickname was "Old blood and guts".


"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right."

~Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)
Ford was the founder of the Ford Motor Company and is considered the father of modern assembly lines used in mass production. Ford revolutionized transportation with his invention of the Model-T automobile introduced on October 1, 1908. Horse-drawn carriages soon became a thing of the past.


"Propserity depends more on wanting what you have than having what you want."

~Geoffrey F. Abert (1079 - 1142)
Not much information is available about this man other than he was a French philosopher and priest.


"If you're not failing every now and then, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative."

~Woody Allen (1935 - )
Born Allen Stewart Königsberg, he is a well-known actor, jazz musician, comedian, playwright, writer, and American film director.


"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

~Maya Angelou (1928 - )
Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, she is an African-American woman who was an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. A poet, memoirist, dancer, producer, playwright, director, author, and actress, Angelou was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal in 2001.


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is therefore not an act, but a habit."

"For what is the best choice? For each individual, it is the highest it is possible for him to achieve."

~Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
Among the most influential of the ancient Greek philosophers, along with Plato and Socrates. He was actually a student of Plato, and became a teacher of Alexander the Great. Read more quotes by Aristotle.


"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises."

~Demosthenes (384 – 322)
He was a prominent Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens who provide a thorough insight into the politics and culture of ancient Greece during the 4th century BC.


"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."

~Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Dr. Johnson, as we was often called by, was one of England's best known literary figures. As an an essayist, biographer, lexicographer, and a critic of English Literature, he also possessed great wit as a prose stylist who was well known for his aphorisms.


"There is only one success... to be able to spend your life in your own way."

"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity."

~Christopher Darlington Morley (1890 – 1957)
Morely was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet in the first part of the 20th century. He was one of the founders and a long-time contributing editor of the "Saturday Review of Literature."


I hope you have gained some interesting insights by reading these specifically selected quotes on success. Gain more motivation and encouragement by browsing through our Encouragement Poems page, as well as our Quotes of Encouragement, Courage and Hope page.

And don't forget... life doesn't have to be serious or hard. Invite some enjoyment and laughter into your world by watching and reading humourous materials like these funny inspirational quotes!

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