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199 Quotes on Success to Inspire You on Your Way to Greatness

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We all have goals. We all have dreams. Perhaps lofty ambitions like being the first person to walk on Martian soil, becoming the world’s first trillionaire, or maybe even bringing real and enduring peace on Earth. Or perhaps something less grand, something along the lines of having a new car, landing a promotion, getting in shape, winning a marathon, or starting a business. Well, whatever it is – fame, wealth, happiness, health, or otherwise – we’re all after something in life. And we all want to succeed.

But success, it seems, is ever elusive. It almost always seems to be well within our grasp, until we actually reach out to take it, only to find that it’s still too far and too distant. Success, as one famous man so cleverly put it, is like winning the lottery – it always happens to somebody else! Or does it?

The pursuit of success is perhaps the greatest concern and the chief occupation of humankind, the subject of our unceasing fascination, fixation, and indeed, frustration. From famed authors and artists, to financially successful entrepreneurs, numerous men and women throughout the years have all lent their insights on success, what is it really about, and how best to achieve it. Here is a compilation of some of their most meaningful and inspirational quotes to help you on your way to greatness!

  1. “90% of your plans are going to fail no matter what you do. Get used to it.” Mark Manson 
  1. “A minute’s success pays the failure of years.” Robert Browning 
  1. “A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.” Joyce Brothers
  1. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.” David Brinkley 
  1. “As long as you keep going, you’ll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success.” Tamara Taylor 
  1. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” Pablo Picasso
  1. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” Michael John Bobak 
  1. “All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.” Mark Twain
  1. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” Abraham Lincoln
  1. “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” Bill Bradley

An array of successful graduates throw their graduation caps into the air in sync, while silhouetted against the setting sun.

  1. “Applause waits on success.” Benjamin Franklin
  1. “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” Jane D. Hull
  1. “At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.”  Erin Cummings
  1. “Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” Baltasar Gracian
  1. “Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
  1. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Alexander Graham Bell 
  1. “Behind every successful man there’s a lot of unsuccessful years.” Bob Brown 
  1. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller
  1. “Collaboration is a key part of the success of any organization, executed through a clearly defined vision and mission and based on transparency and constant communication.” Dinesh Paliwal 
  1. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Edward Everett Hale

A sports car in the middle of the road

  1. “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” Paul J. Meyer 
  1. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” Mario Andretti 
  1. “Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” Vince Lombardi
  1. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” John D. Rockefeller 
  1. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember – the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” Zig Ziglar 
  1. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” Robert Kiyosaki
  1. “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 
  1. “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” Solomon Ortiz
  1. “Failure is success if we learn from it.” Malcolm Forbes 
  1. “Failure is success in progress.” Albert Einstein

An image of a man with arms widespread, signifying success, silhouetted against the setting sun.

  1. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” Truman Capote
  1. “Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” Morihei Ueshiba 
  1. “Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.” Barack Obama 
  1. “Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.” John Carmack 
  1. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” Walter Scott
  1. “Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” Oliver Wendell Holmes 
  1. “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali 
  1. “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” Coco Chanel 
  1. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” Stephen Hawking 
  1. “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.” Hebert Bayard Swope

A young woman in white shirt and ripped jeans stares confidently into the camera.

  1. “I don’t dwell on success. Maybe that’s one reason I’m successful.” Calvin Klein
  1. “I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.” Walt Disney 
  1. “I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.” Mother Teresa
  1. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson
  1. “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 
  1. “I measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her fellow human beings.” Margaret Mead 
  1. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 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 
  1. “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” Helen Keller 
  1. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” Estee Lauder 
  1. “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

A cute brown bulldog pup lies on the floor and stares into the camera.

  1. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.” W. C. Fields 
  1. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Henry Ford 
  1. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill 
  1. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn
  1. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney
  1. “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” Maya Angelou 
  1. “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.” Malcolm X 
  1. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” Steve Jobs
  1. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Jim Rohn 
  1. “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford

A beached ship lies decaying on the sandy shore beneath a starry sky.

  1. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” Nikos Kazantzakis
  1. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” Herman Melville 
  1. “It’s our nature: Human beings like success but they hate successful people.” Carrot Top
  1. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Bill Gates 
  1. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” Charles F. Kettering 
  1. “Living our life deeply and with happiness, having time to care for our loved ones – this is another kind of success, another kind of power, and it is much more important.” Thich Nhat Hanh 
  1. “Measure your success according to fun and creativity.” Anita Roddick 
  1. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” Nelson Mandela
  1. “My mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general; if you become a monk, you’ll end up as the Pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” Pablo Picasso 
  1. “My secret for success? I don’t know what the hell success means.” Al Lewis

A farmer plants rice on a paddy field.

  1. “My success is not who I am.” Judith Guest
  1. “Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” Winston Churchill 
  1. “No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” Godfrey Winn 
  1. “No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.” Ramana Maharshi 
  1. “No one who strives to bring new life to something significant should be too quick to abandon the hope that he will succeed.” Robert Walser 
  1. “Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.” Louis L’Amour
  1. “Nothing fails like success.” Alan Watts
  1. “Nothing succeeds like success.” Alexandre Dumas 
  1. “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” Leonardo da Vinci 
  1. “One fails forward to success.” Charles Kettering

A man playing chess in representation of the moves and successes in life.

  1. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” Robert F. Kennedy
  1. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” Chris Gosser 
  1. “Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.” Henry Ward Beecher
  1. “Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” Mark Twain 
  1. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” Napoleon Hill 
  1. “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 
  1. “Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.” Elbert Hubbard 
  1. “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivananda 
  1. “Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.” Virat Kohli 
  1. “Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

A quote by Winston Churchill on hell and perseverance on a background of fire, smoke, and scarlet skies.

  1. “Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” Wayne Huizenga 
  1. “Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” Richard Bach 
  1. “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” Tony Hsieh 
  1. “Success comes in cans; failure in can’ts.” Wilfred Peterson 
  1. “Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.” A. R. Rahman 
  1. “Success has always been a great liar.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  1. “Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.” Denis Waitley 
  1. “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” Arthur Ashe 
  1. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” Bill Gates 
  1. “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” Oscar Wilde

A woman in the midst of working out stares into the camera,.

  1. “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.” Denis Waitley 
  1. “Success is dependent on effort.” Sophocles 
  1. “Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands.” Zig Ziglar 
  1. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” Dale Carnegie
  1. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” George S. Patton
  1. “Success is like winning the sweepstakes or getting killed in an automobile crash. It always happens to somebody else.” Allan Sherman 
  1. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou
  1. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Pele 
  1. “Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.” Shah Rukh Khan 
  1. “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” Arnold H. Glasow

Waking up early to watch the sun rise above the sea while drinking coffee.

  1. “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” Dwayne Johnson 
  1. “Success isn’t everything but it makes a man stand straight.” Lillian Hellman 
  1. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill 
  1. “Success is not in what you have, but who you are.” Bo Bennett 
  1. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer 
  1. “Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.” Earl Wilson
  1. “Success is survival.” Leonard Cohen
  1. “Success is the child of audacity.” Benjamin Disraeli 
  1. “Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.” Orison Swett Marden
  1. “Success is the fruit of concentration.” Navjot Singh Sidhu

A man jumps over a puddle of water in representation of clearing hurdles and achieving success in life.

  1. “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” Colin Powell 
  1. “Success is the sum of details.” Harvey S. Firestone 
  1. “Success is the sweetest revenge.” Vanessa Williams 
  1. “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 
  1. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
  1. “Success is when the checks don’t bounce.” Any Warhol 
  1. “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” Bobby Unser 
  1. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” George Sheehan 
  1. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” Conrad Hilton 
  1. “Success tempts many to their ruin.” Phaedrus 

A quote by Henry David Thoreau on success on a background of a man welding.

  1. “Success unshared is failure.” John Paul DeJoria 
  1. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Henry David Thoreau 
  1. “Successful people are the ones who think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.” Don Marquis
  1. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” Jim Rohn 
  1. “Successful people have libraries. The rest have big screen TVs.” Jim Rohn
  1. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” Swami Vivekananda 
  1. “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” Abraham Lincoln
  1. “The best revenge is massive success.” Frank Sinatra
  1. “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt 
  1. “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” Warren Buffet

An African boy in overlarge clothes sits upon a rock holding a book in his hand, signifying perseverance in studying no matter the odds.

  1. “The heights by great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
  1. “The key to success is action, and the essential in action is perseverance.” Sun Yat-sen
  1. “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” Ayn Rand
  1. “The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.” Napoleon Hill 
  1. “The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.” Gustave Flaubert 
  1. “The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion.” Alexander Graham Bell 
  1. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Franklin D. Roosevelt 
  1. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon 
  1. “The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” Kalpana Chawia 
  1. “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” Tony Robbins

A old man sits before his doorstep and toils tirelessly on his craft.

  1. “The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something.” Naval Ravikant 
  1. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Vince Lombardi 
  1. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” Barack Obama
  1. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” Colin R. Davis
  1. “The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” Benjamin Disraeli 
  1. “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 
  1. “The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.” John C. Maxwell 
  1. “The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows.” Aristotle Onassis 
  1. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” Napoleon Hill 
  1. “The successful people of this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is.” Ben Stein

A top view of a steel ladder ascending from the waters beneath signifies the ladder to success and the climb needed to reach its top.

  1. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” Bruce Lee 
  1. “The temptation to take the easy road is always there. It is as easy as staying in bed in the morning and sleeping in. But discipline is paramount to ultimate success and victory for any leader and any team.” Jocko Willink 
  1. “The true success is the person who invented himself.” Al Goldstein 
  1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney 
  1. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” Henry Ford 
  1. “The worst part of success is to try finding someone who is happy for you.” Bette Midler
  1. “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation.” Pearl S. Buck 
  1. “There are no gains without pains.” Benjamin Franklin 
  1. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” Colin Powell
  1. “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

A man walks on a rutted dirt track through a grassy field during either a golden dawn or a golden dusk.

  1. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.” Paul Bryant 
  1. “There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.” Anthony Robbins 
  1. “Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.” David Joseph Schwartz 
  1. “Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success.” Bo Bennett 
  1. “Those who are successful overcome their fears and take action. Those who aren’t submit to their fears and live with regrets.” Jay-Z
  1. “To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction, is to live twice.” Khalil Gibran 
  1. “To be great is to be misunderstood.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  1. “To fly, we have to have resistance.” Maya Lin 
  1. “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. “To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world – that I am able to change it in positive ways.” Maxine Hong Kingston

An old man stands amidst overlarge chess pieces on an overlarge chess board.

  1. “To succeed, we must first believe that we can.” Michael Korda 
  1. “Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives. Be creative, but make sure that what you create is not a curse for mankind.” Albert Einstein 
  1. “We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” Samuel Smiles
  1. “We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.” Michelle Obama
  1. “We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” Michelle Obama 
  1. “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
  1. “What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.” Gene Fowler
  1. “When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts.” Bo Bennett
  1. “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 
  1. “Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” Vince Lombardi

A bird in midflight against a backdrop of the sky

  1. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin 
  1. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” Thomas J. Watson 
  1. “You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.” Lou Holtz 
  1. “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” James A. Froude 
  1. “You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.” Thomas Wolfe
  1. “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.” Oprah Winfrey
  1. “You sleep on a win and you’ll wake up with a loss.” Conor McGregor 
  1. “Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” Shiv Khera
  1. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”Helen Keller 

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