91 best success quotes ever

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Success Quotes.

I decided to write one more article about success quotes. Also this one is going to be huge! Get ready for the most epic list of quotes and sayings about success.

First thing we need to do is determine what success is. So, what is it? This is kinda hard. We define it differently. For some success is having a fancy house, expensive car, lots of money. But than for others success is having a happy and healthy family, a lot of happy children, and so on.
But we can put all this in different words and say that success is accomplishing your goals and wishes, whatever they might be. Am I right?

Do you know what is needed for reaching your goals? People say you need only three things:

1. Number one is WISH. What we wish for is a what gets us going towards accomplishing our goals. Your first step would be realizing what exactly you wish for.

2. Second thing you need is FAITH. You need to have faith in yourself, you need to truly believe that you can do it, that you can accomplish your goals and bring your wishes to life. You can’t have motivation for doing something if you don’t believe you can do it. Simple as that.

3. Third and final thing is ACTION. Wish leads to faith, and faith leads to taking action. You can’t have success without taking action. Standing in place can never take you anywhere. So, taking action is maybe the most important thing here. Taking little steps at first, and in no time you will be taking huge steps and leaps towards successful life. This all is one positive never-ending circle… Wish -> Faith -> Action! And than again, and again.


After listing three things you need for reaching your life goals, now I’ll share with you a list of other things that will further on help you to be successful. These are more of short guides for a successful attitude and personality. Here we go…

1. You need to be ready to take responsibility for your actions. Think before doing anything, and stand behind your words and actions afterwords. Even if your actions are not exactly correct, take responsibility for them. This will make your personality strong and firm. Everybody loves a responsible character.
2. Successful people are aware that others are looking up to them. And they are using this fact to improve people around them.
3. You can create your own reality. Reality is nothing more than ones perception. You can make reality to suit your needs and work for you.
4. Learn how to see and grab any chance you get. If there is a chance to make something big, just do it, don’t overthink it! Guide yourself with actions, stand out from crowds.
5. Make sure your life and actions are in order before handing advises to others. The best way to guide people is by your own example.
6. Get ready to hear a lot of discouraging comments on your way to achieving success. People tend to get scared to take action and they justify it by sayings your goals are not reachable. Don’t let other people bring you down.
7. Work hard! Hard work is needed for success. Every day, day after day… This will further strengthen your personality and make you stand out even more.
8. Always stay positive. Positivity is very important if you want to stay motivated. Optimism rules!
9. Prepare to be hated and rejected. A lot of successful individuals throughout history got rejected and hated for their actions. One thing they all have in common is that they didn’t pay much attention to this, they kept going.
10. Don’t be afraid of solitude. Being alone is a chance for you to do more and get closer to your accomplishments.
11. Write your thoughts down on a sheet of paper. This helps keeping you focused and organised.
12. There are no failures! You fail only when you learn nothing from your previous actions.
13. Don’t keep yourself bonded with your past. Getting nostalgic is not something people at the top do.
14. Know when to give up. Learn how to determine if something is not achievable, and move on to the next thing.
15. Stop comparing yourself with others. Stay focused on yourself and your goals.
16. Always do more than what is asked from you.
17. Never make promises you can’t deliver.
18. Learn how to recognize an opportunity in every obstacle you face.
19. Know your limits. Always know just how far you can go. Try to strive towards improvement, but be aware of your limits.
20. Be passionate. Successful people are filled with passion, and people around them know this.

I guess a list of twenty things is a good beginning. Of course there are a lot of other things that could help your accomplishments, but I listed only those I find most important.

After all of this being said it’s time to move on to our real subject, quotes about success. I did a massive research on this subject and compiled a huge list of 91 famous quotes about success. I went through lists of famous successful people, picked the most interesting ones, then I gathered their quotations and citations, and finally created pictures with quotes. This took a lot of work, I really hope you’re going to like it.


Abraham Lincoln on success and resolution to it

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. *Abraham Lincoln

Quotation on success by Abraham Lincoln. Most important things is bearing in mind your own resolution towards achievement.


Albert Einstein on becoming a valuable person

Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. *Albert Einstein

Becoming valuable person is more important than becoming successful person. Try to strive towards becoming valuable to others. Great Albert Einstein citation on becoming successful.


 

Albert Einstein on explaining things well

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. *Albert Einstein

You can be sure that you don’t understand something if you are not able to put it in simple words and explain it simply to someone. Makes you think, right?


Albert Einstein on imagination and logic

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. *Albert Einstein

Our imagination is beyond limits, it’s endless. Keep your imagination alive always. It can get you anywhere you want, logic however can’t do such thing.


Anonymous quote on will to work

If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do. *Anonymous

These words should keep you inspired and motivated to keep on working hard, even more than you are paid for. If you can do that for a long enough period of time, you will eventually find yourself in a position where you get paid more than you actually work for.


Arthur Ashe on starting where you already are

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. *Arthur Ashe

Famous quote by Arthur Ashe on taking action. Starting is the most important thing when trying to accomplish something. Think about it, if you don’t start will you ever be able to finish it, to be successful at it? Nope, you will never see that happening. Nobody got successful by standing in one same place, by just waiting for something good to happen. You have to put in hard work and action in order to be successful.


Baltasar on being prepared to act

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. *Baltasar

Always be ready to take action and work instead of just talking. Leave all the big talks for others.


Bill Cosby on key to failure

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone. *Bill Cosby

Trying to please others is a definite key to be a failure. First thing, pleasing everyone is right next to impossible. Second thing: If you do try to please them all, you will be putting yourself and your goals to a second place. Forget others! Take your time and strength to achieve your goals, not someone else’s.


Bruce Feirstein on genious and insanity

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. *Bruce Feirstein

Mind-blowing quotation about success by famous Bruce Feirstein.


Bruce Lee on successful warrior

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. *Bruce Lee

Your focus and determination are the only two things that could make that difference between being successful and being unsuccessful. Remember that the next time you think about giving up on your ideas.


Carl Bard on starting right now

Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending. *Carl Bard

Thinking about your past and what would you do differently if you could go back will get you nowhere. It’s impossible to travel back through time and fix some mistakes you’ve made. Better focus on starting something now and make a difference in the ending.


Charles Darwin on surviving

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. *Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin quote on adapting to change. Only those who are willing and capable to adapt to every situation and being responsive to change are going to survive.


Charles Kettering on taking chances and not sitting down

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

Keep pushing forward, keep trying to achieve something. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Amazing things happen to those who don’t give up and just keep moving forward. You will never discover anything great if all you do is sit down and wait for amazing thing to happen. It just doesn’t work that way.


Chris Grosses on Opportunities

Opportunities don’t happen. You create them. *Chris Grosser

Chris Grosser claims that chances and opportunities never happen. You are the only creator of your chances. You have to work and earn them. Amazing success quote, really.


Cornel West on keep moving on

I want to be a jazzman until the day I die. To help keep that motion, momentum and movement going, for myself, for my students, for the people who hear me. Oh sure, some days you look around at this country and look at the evidence and think, Oh Lord, don’t look good. But you keep moving. You gotta keep moving. *Cornel West

Saying by Cornel West about what it takes to be successful. You have to keep on going and moving, even when things don’t look so good. No matter of circumstances, you have to keep moving.


David Brinkley on successful men

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. *David Brinkley

Only those who can disregard negative influence from surroundings will achieve success in the end. There are always going to be people around you telling you that you are not good enough, just because they are too afraid to even try. Don’t bother with paying attention to anything they have to say. Have faith in yourself and your goals, and just keep pushing forward. Keep on trying, and eventually you will succeed.


Dax Shepard quote about success

Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen. *Dax Shepard

Famous quote by Dax Shepard. You only need to make sure you try long enough, something great will eventually happen. Just refuse to give up. Always pursue your dreams and hopes.


Deepak Chopra on ability to reflect

This is the key to life: the ability to reflect, the ability to know yourself, the ability to pause for a second before reacting automatically. If you can truly know yourself, you will begin the journey of transformation. *Deepak Chopra

Quotation by Deepak Chopra about life and transformation.


Denzel Washington on happy marriage

The secret to a happy marriage? Do whatever your wife tells you. ‘Yes, dear.’ And breathe. *Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington reveals a key secret to a happy marriage. Funny and memorable quotation.


Denzel Washington on success and inner peace

Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me. *Denzel Washington

Another great quote from Denzel Washington. This time he shares some wise words about success.


Diane Ackerman on living life in width

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. *Diane Ackerman

Diane Acerman is known for sharing some really inspiring quotes and sayings. This one has a small philosophical touch to it.


Donald Trump on having the ability to be rich

Many people don’t have the ability to be rich, because they’re too lazy or they don’t have the desire or the stick-to-itiveness. It’s a talent. Some people have a talent for piano. Some people have a talent for raising a family. Some people have a talent for golf. I just happen to have a talent for making money. *Donald Trump

Quote on business by one of the most accomplished man on this planet.


Eleanor Roosevelt on different types of minds

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. *Eleanor Roosevelt

Really smart people will always rather talk about ideas than other people. Bare that in mind next time someone talks bad about you behind your back.


Eleanor Roosvelt on feeling inferior

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. *Eleanor Roosevelt

To be inferior to someone you first have to give your consent for being inferior. Quotation from Eleanor Roosevelt.


Francis Chan on failure and succeeding

Our greatest fear should not be of failure … but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. *Francis Chan

Failure should not be your greatest worry. Worse than failing is succeeding at something that doesn’t matter. Great Francis Chan quote.


Frank Sinatra on success and revenge

The best revenge is massive success. *Frank Sinatra

So true… There is no better revenge than a huge success. This will hurt your enemies like a thunder struck! 🙂


G.K. Chesterton on not listening to advices

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

Sometimes you only need to listen to your guts and instincts in order to be great and successful.


George Bernard Shaw on mistakes and time

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. *George Bernard Shaw

Another key concept of success is never repeating your mistakes. Mistaking is not all that bad, as long as you learn something from them, and never repeating them. Quote from great George Bernard Shaw.


George Carlin on words for his tombstone

My tombstone? I’m thinking something along the lines of, ‘Geez, he was just here a minute ago. *George Carlin

George Calin shares a funny quote about what he would like his epitaph to be.


Gurbaksh Chanal on not being patient

If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it–teach yourself to be impatient. *Gurbaksh Chahal

Be impatient about the things you really want. Don’t wait for them to fall from the skies in your lap. Work for things you really desire.


Harrison Ford on becoming force for yourself

’May the Force be with you’ is charming but it’s not important. What’s important is that you become the Force – for yourself and perhaps for other people. *Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford funny quote about “The Force”. Even though he made a little joke here, there are things to be learned for this quote… You need to became that motivating force for yourself. After than you will need nothing else.


Harv Eker on facusing on your own size

If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you! *T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker quote on self-confidence. What really matters is your size, not the size of problems you’re facing.


Helen Thomas citation about dying and hell

I never thought about heaven per se. I think when you’re dead, you’re dead. If anything happens after that, you just hope you don’t go to hell. *Helen Thomas

Interesting quotation about death, hell, and heaven.


Henry David Thoreau quote abuot success

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. *Henry David Thoreau

When you get yourself to be too busy for looking for successes, they will come knocking at your door.


Henry Ford on successful life

The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. *Henry Ford

Henry Ford’s quote on key to living a successful life. Find what you’re destined to do, and get yourself to do it.


J.J. Abrams on how being nerd is cool

It’s cool to be a nerd. There’s a general understanding that smartphones didn’t come from jocks. The digital age was foreseen by a group of short-sleeved, buttoned-down, white-shirted guys and their female equivalents designing the very stuff that’s now ubiquitous. *J.J. Abrams

Citation from J.J. Abrams about digital age and how a group of hard-working “nerds” brought it to us.


james cameron on failure

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. *James Cameron

James Cameron quote on setting your goals really high. True also… You can’t end up in mud if you reach for the stars.


Jamie Foxx on having responsability to your actions and work

“You have a responsibility to your work, to your choices. Once you get to a certain level of quality and commitment, you don’t want to go back and make Booty Call 7. *Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx on responsibility and commitment to work.


Jana Smiley on motivation and desire

In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it. *Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley speaks about motivation and desire. Amazing quote! 🙂


Jim Rohn on life plans

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. *Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn’s quote about life plans. If you don’t have one you will fall under something someone else planned. And most of the time other people don’t have anything good planned for you. Make a plan for yourself!


Jim Rohn on will

If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. *Jim Rohn

There is nothing good to come without taking some sort of risks. That’s how the game works.


Jim Rohn on wishing for successful life

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. *Jim Rohn

Quote coming from Jim Rohn… Wishing for things in life to be easier is not the right way, it’s better to wish you ware stronger and better.


Jim Ryun on motivation and starting

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. *Jim Ryun

Quote about motivation and habit, coming from Jim Ryun.


John Maxwell on difference between successful and unsuccessful people

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. *John Maxwell


John Rockefeller on giving up

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. *John D. Rockefeller


John Wooden on things working out

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. *John Wooden


Joseph Gordon-Levitt on questions and doubts

Why am I doing the work I’m doing? Why am I friends with this person? Am I living the best life I possibly can? Questions are often looked upon as questions of doubt but I don’t see it that way at all. I question things to stay present, to make sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. *Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Justin Timberlake on achievements and running through life

I think the first half of my 20s I felt I had to achieve, achieve, achieve. A lot of men do this. I’m looking around now and I’m like, Where am I running? *Justin Timberlake


Katie Couric on TV business and positive attitude

What brought me into the TV business is what keeps me here and happy. You can learn something new every day if you have a really positive attitude. *Katie Couric


Kevin Kline on best roles

People ask, ‘What’s the best role you’ve ever played?’ The next one. *Kevin Kline


Larry Winget on not having a plan

Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan. *Larry Winget


Lisa Amos on etrepreneurs and failures

Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence. *Lisa M. Amos


Margaret Thatcher on fighting a battle more than once in order to win

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. *Margaret Thatcher


Mark Caine on finding yourself

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


Mark Twain on courage and fear

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear. *Mark Twain


Mark Twain on future and discovery

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. *Mark Twain


Mark Twain on taking sides and reflecting

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. *Mark Twain


Martha Stewart on sleep not being important

I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing. *Martha Stewart


Michael Douglas quote on comparisons between him and his father

When I look at myself as a younger actor, I see what a tight ass I was. I had a pretty big shadow because of my father and the comparisons. I was self-conscious about that. Now I realize there was nothing to be worried about. *Michael Douglas


Michael John Bobak on comfort zone and progress

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. *Michael John Bobak


Mike Gafka on what it takes to be successful

To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like. *Mike Gafka


Morgan Freeman about not having a job and being ready to go

Hey, if I don’t have a job, I don’t know why I bother to get up. Any time the phone rings, I’m ready to go.  What else am I going to do? See, I’ve never retired.  I don’t even know what it means. *Morgan Freeman


Napoleon Hill on failing in life and reasons for that

The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors. *Napoleon Hill


Nathaniel Hawthorne on happiness

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. *Nathaniel Hawthorne


Oscal Wilde on blessings

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. *Oscar Wilde


Pablo Picasso on leaving work for tomorrow

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. *Pablo Picasso


Padma Lakshmi on beauty and accomplishment

Beauty is no accomplishment on its own. It’s what you do with it. *Padma Lakshmi


Philippos on desire for succeeding

You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing. *Philippos


Ray Goforth

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


Robert Collier on success and efforts

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


Robert Duvall on getting yourself away from everything

The idea is that one’s temperament improves with age; that you learn to deal better with people and become more benevolent and loving. That’s not necessarily true. I try to stay loose but sometimes the best thing to do is get yourself away and take a good nap. *Robert Duvall


Robert Hughes on confidance and talents

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize. *Robert Hughes


Robert Redford on aging and looking young

I was blessed to look well and retain a youthful look but that was just genes. I was disappointed when critics started pointing out my wrinkles. I thought, you mean this is what it’s gonna be about now? I’m not going to be permitted to be human? *Robert Redford


Robert Schuller quote on attempting

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? *Robert Schuller


Sean Hannity on not doing your job right

If someone’s not attacking you that means you’re not doing your job effectively. *Sean Hannity


Stephen Covey on being patient with yourself

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. *Stephen Covey


Steve Jobs on approach to success

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. *Steve Jobs


Swami Vivekanada on making ideas reality

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


Thomas Edison on not failing

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. *Thomas Edison


Thomas Edison on not realising how close to success you are

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. *Thomas A. Edison


Thomas J. Watson on simple success formula

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


Thomas Jefferson on working hard and having luck

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. *Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Watson on achieving excellance

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work. *Thomas J. Watson


Tony Hsieh on money and passion

Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. *Tony Hsieh


Vaibhav Shah on sacrifices and successful life

Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them. *Vaibhav Shah


Vidal Sassoon on work and success

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. *Vidal Sassoon


Walt Disney on dreams and pursue

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. *Walt Disney


William Shatner on careers and successful life

Careers are here and they’re gone. No matter how great we think we are, we’re nothing but the temples of Ozymandias—we’re ruins in the making. *William Shatner


Winston Churchill on failure and enthusiasm

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. *Winston Churchill


 

Winston Churchill on going through hell

If you’re going through hell, keep going. *Winston Churchill