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By : Kevin John

Welcome to my page of success quotes.

One of the secrets of my success is how I use success quotes. Success quotes help me to

  • Find where I should be going next
  • Get motivated to go the extra mile, or sometimes just finish those routine tasks…
  • Find inspiration and ideas

I’ve put together a collection of the quotes that I’ve found useful. This collection covers all the main aspects of success and each quote is a powerful aphorism, a short statement of timeless truth that illustrates an a key to success, motivation or inspiration.

How to use the success quotes on this page

Come back to this page when you need some inspiration, some ideas, some motivation. Trust your subconscious mind to know what you need and pick a quote at random.

The secret to my success, and this can work for you too, is to spend a few moments reflecting on the quote you’ve picked out. Ask yourself, “What does this quote tell me about what I need to do today, over the next few days, looking further ahead?”

This page has some of my favourites success quotes. If you would like a regular supply of quotes on success and related topics delivered to your inbox I can highly recommend “My Daily Insights”. Why not give it a try? It’s free and there’s no obligation to spend a single penny – and it just might give you a nudge in the right direction one day!

collection of success quotes

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Thomas A. Edison (1847 – 1931)

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet”
Bobby Unser (1934 -)

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”
George Bernard Shaw

“A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.”
Kurt Lewin (1890 – 1947)

“Work harder on yourself than you do on your business.”
Jim Rohn

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
Paul Boese

“You always pass failure on the way to success.”
Mickey Rooney (1920 – )

“It’s not what you are that holds you back. It’s what you think you’re not.” 
Denis Waitley

“As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it’s leaning against the right building.”
~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
Woody Allen (1935 – )

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world … as in being able to remake ourselves.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

“No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future.”
Anonymous

“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”
G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)

“You are the only problem you will ever have and you are the only solution.”
Bob Proctor

“The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.”
Dr. Smiley Blanton

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”
Bob Dylan (1941 – )

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”Edward Stanley (Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)

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

“Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.”
~Author Unknown

“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

“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.”
~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

“There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”
Christopher Morley (1890 – 1957)

“In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.”
John Ruskin (1819 – 1900), Pre-Raphaelitism, 1850

“A minute’s success pays the failure of years.”
Robert Browning (1812 – 1889)

“Success is counted sweetest by those who ne’er succeed.”
Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
Bill Cosby (1937 – )

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy”
Norman Vincent Peale (1898 – 1993)

“The secret of all success is to know how to deny yourself. Prove that you can control yourself, and you are an educated man; and without this all other education is good for nothing.”
R. D. Hitchcock

“Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

“If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.”
Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719)

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”
Herbert Bayard Swope (1882 – 1958)

“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 (1925 – 2005)

“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”.
Dr. David M. Burns

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)

“Real success is finding your life work in the work that you love.”
David McCullough (1933 – )

“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Kevin John has spent many years helping businesses owners, aspiring business owners, and private individuals to develop the understanding and skills that they need to achieve the success that they want. If you would like to comment on this article or ask Kevin a question, you can contact him at kevin@achieving-your-dreams.com

Success Quotes – Food for Thought on the Subject of Success