Top Quotes about Success

Last updated on Aug 17th, 2018

Top Quotes about Success

We all want to be successful in some way.

However, until we achieve our goals, we may stumble several times. In those situations, a few words of wisdom can make a huge difference.

Success quotes inspire us to do great things, to make our dreams come true. They motivate us to try harder, to continue to push forward and to never give up. But also, they warn us to be careful when success comes.

Here are some of the best success quotes that can help you on your journey to become successful.


Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.Vince Lombardi, Interview in Esquire (November 1962)


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, A famous Nike commercial from the 1990's featured shots of Michael Jordan a dub over of his voice.


There is only one success, to be able to spend your life in your own way.Christopher Morley, Where the Blue Begins (1922)


A thousand-mile journey starts from your feet down there.Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (6th century BC)


Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.Thomas Edison, This is presented as a statement of 1877.


The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.Zig Ziglar, See You at the Top (1975)


All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure.Mark Twain, Mark Twain's Notebook (1935, posthumous)


There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.Colin Powell, As quoted in The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell (2003) by Oren Harari


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 while trying to succeed.Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery (1901)


Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.Pablo Picasso, Vogue (November 1, 1956)


If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut.Albert Einstein, Said to Samuel J. Woolf, Berlin (Summer 1929). Published in the New York Times (August 18, 1929)


Success is not something you achieve, conquer, climb, or complete. Success is a process; it’s a way of life.Anthony Tony Robbins, Unlimited Power: A Black Choice (2010)


Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.Albert Camus, The Fall (1956)


Success is the child of Audacity.Benjamin Disraeli, The Rise of Iskander (1832)


To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1951)


In all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure.Confucius, The Doctrine of the Mean


If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.
(Also known as: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.)Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)


Strength and success — they are above morality, above criticism. It seems, then, that it is not what you do, but how you do it and what you call it.John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)


What is success? It is an inner, an indescribable force, resourcefulness, power of vision; a consciousness that I am, by my mere existence, exerting pressure on the movement of life about me.Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks (1901)


Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.Napoleon Hill, The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons (1928)


We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.Henry David Thoreau, The Journal (March 11, 1859)


You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.Winston Churchill, (February 19, 1900), South Africa, London to Ladysmith via Pretoria (1900)


The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.John C. Maxwell, Make Today Count: The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda (2008)


Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.Bill Gates, The Road Ahead (1995)


Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.Earl Nightingale, How to Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds


What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.Gene Fowler, Skyline: A Reporter's Reminiscence of the 1920s (1961)


Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.Gustave Flaubert, Pensйes de Gustave Flaubert (Conard, 1915) translated by William G. Allen


Success has always been the greatest liar.Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil (1886)


If you have a success, you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work.Ernest Hemingway, As quoted in That Summer in Paris (1963) by Morley Callaghan


Success always demands a greater effort.Winston Churchill, December 13, 1940 to Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies, Their Finest Hour (1949)


Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.Albert Einstein, 'Death of a Genius' in Life Magazine (May 2, 1955)


The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers (1844)