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Quotes on Success

In the end, we all want to be successful. We might have different definitions of success, but it’s a universal thing we all strive for. Quotes on success aren’t going to change your life by themselves, but they can provide valuable insight into what works and what doesn’t.

Especially quotes from people who have already achieved their version of success. Success is like well prepared dish and there are countless quotes from accomplished people regarding their particular recipe.

There might be numerous dishes and variations, but many of the ingredients are common.

You come to see some traits, behaviors, and mindsets are essential for success and self improvement.

Quotes on success can also motivate, inspire, and cause you to think about things differently.  

The more you think about things differently, the more likely you are to start taking different actions.  Over time, taking different actions will change your life.

In that way, quotes serve as a foundation and impetus for self improvement and change.  

For example, one of my favorite quotes on success is:

“Try not to be a man of success, but a man of value.”

That quote is from Albert Einstein (more Einstein quotes here).

I like that quote because it cuts through the many definitions of success.

Success could be money for one person and political power for another. Getting to the top of the corporate latter for someone else. Raising a strong family for yet another and so on.

Value, however, is something we all internally want to provide. We all want to be valuable, to feel valuable, and to be appreciated for something that we do well.

If we consistently think of how we can provide value, success comes naturally. Success is a feeling, not a material object.

Even if we think it’s a material object, it’s actually the feeling the object creates.

Whenever I feel like I’m not succeeding in some area, I ask the question of whether I’m creating value or not. When I focus on creating value, I get lost in the process and less attached to the outcome.

More often than not, I feel a sense of success once I know I’ve created some kind of value. Additionally, I’m more motivated to go and create more value.

Even if that particular quote on success doesn’t have any significance for you, chances are there are a few that will.

Check out the list below and see if some of the quotes on success resonate with you.  If they do, commit them to memory and be sure to draw upon them when needed.

One of them could be just what you need at just the right time to help modify your thinking.  Armed with new thoughts, have the courage to act on them and behave differently.

Over time, self improvement and change are inevitable.

Quotes on success

“To laugh often and much; win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.”

-Earl Nightingale

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

– Winston Churchill

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

– Jim Rohn
Quotes on success.  "You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction." -George Lorimer

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”

– Abraham Lincoln (More quotes by Abraham Lincoln)

“If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.”

-Albert Einstein (More quotes by Albert Einstein)

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

– Napoleon Hill

“Success comes in cans; failure in can’ts.”

– Unknown
Quotes on success. "I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure which is: Try to please everybody." -Herbert B. Swope

“The best revenge is massive success.”

– Frank Sinatra

“I’ve missed more than 9000 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

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” -Robert Collier

“Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”

– Vaibhav Shah
Quotes on success. "Action is the foundation key to all success." -Pablo Picasso

“Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.”

– Wilfred Peterson

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”

– David Bly

“Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.”

– Denis Waitley

“The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

Quotes on success. "Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." -Herman Cain

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

– Alexander Graham Bell

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”

– Albert Einstein (More quotes by Albert Einstein)

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

– Mahatma Gandhi (More quotes by Mahatma Gandhi)

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

– Bruce Lee
Quotes on success. "If you have no critics you'll likely have no success." -Malcolm X

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”

– Mark Victor Hansen

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – George S. Patton

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

– Mark Twain

“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
Quotes on success.  "The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say 'no' to almost everything." -Warren Buffett

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

– Conrad Hilton

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

– Arthur Ashe

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.”

– David M. Burns

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

– Henry David Thoreau
Quotes on success. "You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity." -Thomas Wolfe

“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

– Tony Robbins

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” – George S. Patton

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”

– Mark Caine

“Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.”

– Unknown
Quotes on success. "I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." -Henry David Thoreau

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”

– Ray Goforth

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

– Benjamin Disraeli

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”

– Mark Twain

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”

– George Sheehan
Quotes on success. "Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well." -Denis Waitley

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

– Abraham Lincoln (More quotes by Abraham Lincoln)

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

– Albert Einstein (More quotes by Albert Einstein)

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill
Quotes on success.  "Winners are not afraid of losing.  But losers are.  Failure is part of the process of success.  People who avoid failure also avoid success." -Robert Kiyosaki

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