Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.
—Orison Swett Marden (1850–1924) American New Thought Writer, Physician, Entrepreneur
So much to do, so little done, such things to be.
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–92) British Poet
The only way around is through.
—Robert Frost (1874–1963) American Poet
This is true enough, but success is the next best thing to happiness, and if you can’t be happy as a success, it’s very unlikely that you would find a deeper, truer happiness in failure.
—Michael Korda (b.1933) English-born Writer, Novelist
Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful.
—Malcolm S. Forbes (1919–1990) American Publisher, Businessperson
Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that.
—J. M. Barrie (1860–1937) Scottish Novelist, Dramatist
The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
—Tony Robbins (b.1960) American Self-Help Author, Entrepreneur
I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.
—Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) (c.43 BCE–c.18 CE) Roman Poet
Success is the child of audacity.
—Benjamin Disraeli (1804–81) British Head of State
Success isn’t necessarily permanent—but neither is failure.
Failure and success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.
—E. M. Forster (1879–1970) English Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist
Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.
—Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925–90) American Singer, Musician, Dancer, Actor
Here is the basic rule for winning success. Let’s mark it in the mind and remember it. The rule is: Success depends on the support of other people. The only hurdle between you and what you want to be is the support of other people.
—David J. Schwartz (1927–87) American Self-help Author
Success action is cumulative in its results.
—Wallace Wattles (1860–1911) American New Thought Author
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
There is plenty of room at the top—but no place to sit down.
Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
—Bernard M. Baruch (1870–1965) American Financier, Economic Consultant
We mount to heaven mostly on the ruins of our cherished schemes, finding our failures were successes.
—Amos Bronson Alcott (1799–1888) American Teacher, Writer, Philosopher
To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study, and practice.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813–87) American Clergyman, Writer
It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts.
—Burton Hillis (William E. Vaughan) (1915–77) American Columnist, Author
How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.
—Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835) German Philosopher, Linguist, Statesman
When you ascend the hill of prosperity, may you not meet a friend.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist
Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting—in the trying, not the triumph, Success is a personal standard—reaching for the highest that is in us—becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success. Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.
—Zig Ziglar (1926–2012) American Author
You already have every characteristic necessary for success if you recognize, claim, develop and use them.
—Zig Ziglar (1926–2012) American Author
The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies.
—Alfred A. Montapert (1906–97) American Engineer, Philosopher
You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.
—Warren Buffett (b.1930) American Investor
The Lord gave us two ends—one to sit on and the other to think with. Success depends on which one we use the most.
—Ask Ann Landers (1918–2002) American Advice Columnist
I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately triumph than to triumph in a cause that will ultimately fail
—Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924) American Head of State
Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.
—Tennessee Williams (1911–83) American Playwright
It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.
—Harvey Samuel Firestone (1868–1938) American Industrialist