127 Success Quotes

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Here are 127 of the best success quotes I could find. And please keep in mind: success is more than material, it’s a state of mind, a direction. Enjoy!

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Success is never accidental. Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

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If you want to be successful, find out what the price is and then pay it. Scott Adam

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Behind every successful man there’s a lot of unsuccessful years. Bob Brown

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The secret of success is constancy of purpose. Benjamin Disraeli

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Success is the child of audacity. Benjamin Disraeli

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Forget the past. Nelson Mandela

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The true success is the person who invented himself. Al Goldstein

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When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat. Nelson Mandela

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If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success. Malcolm X

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

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Slow and steady is better than fast and shaky. Maxime Lagacé

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Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Success is not in what you have, but who you are. Bo Bennett

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I don’t dwell on success. Maybe that’s one reason I’m successful. Calvin Klein

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He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction. Bessie Stanley

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We all want “success”, right?

I remember when I was young, I admired people who were confident, loud and materially successful.

To me, having a big house, a beautiful car and stuff meant “success”.

Happily, my definition changed over the years and became much more about internal success.

What is internal success?

It’s having inner peace, being happy, working on something you love, being generous and kind, having a positive impact on people around you, etc.

After all, when we think about it, it’s much more sustainable to have an inner scorecard than an external one.

Trying to keep up and comparing ourselves with others is a sure way to burnout. There is always someone else faster, richer and better than you are.

However, when we stop playing the game and stop trying to impress, we find our path and life becomes more meaningful.

That’s what “success” means to me.

What is your definition?

The Best Success Quotes

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A minute’s success pays the failure of years. Robert Browning

Failure is success in progress. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs. Barack Obama

90% of your plans are going to fail no matter what you do. Get used to it. Mark Manson

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No-one knows what he can do until he tries. Publilius Syrus

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

The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything. Warren Buffett

The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. Leonardo da Vinci

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The maximum success is reached when you are never busy. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. W.C. Fields Click to tweet

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

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation. Pearl S. Buck

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Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. Paul J. Meyer

My secret for success? I don’t know what the hell success means. Al Lewis

My success is not who I am. Judith Guest Click to tweet

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. Thomas Wolfe

The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. Stephen McCranie

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The wise do things slowly, because they love it. Maxime Lagacé

Success is leaving a good path, or even better, leaving no path at all. Maxime Lagacé

Become so curious and obsessed with one thing that you forget everything else. Follow it, drink it, dive deep in it, master it. Remarkable results need remarkable actions. Maxime Lagacé

Mediocrity always measures success by money. Thibaut

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote

The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. Criss Jami

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Part 2. Success Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Success Quotes

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Seeking a famous quote about success? Check out those ones by Einstein, Picasso, Disney, etc.
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The path to success is to take massive, determined action. Tony Robbins

I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things. Walt Disney Click to tweet

Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. Sam Walton (Walmart)

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

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness. Mother Teresa

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dali

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The best revenge is massive success. Frank Sinatra

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Vince Lombardi

Success is my only option, failure’s not. Eminem

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

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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

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy

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

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Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs. Henry Ford Click to tweet

There are no gains without pains. Benjamin Franklin

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

That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well. Abraham Lincoln

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. Alexander Graham Bell

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80% of success is showing up. Woody Allen

Nothing succeeds like success. Alexandre Dumas

The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows. Aristotle

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

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well. John D. Rockefeller

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Success is a great deodorant. Elizabeth Taylor

All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure. Mark Twain

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will. Nelson Mandela

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

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Short Success Quotes

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One-liners, short success quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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To fly, we have to have resistance. Maya Lin

To succeed, we must first believe that we can. Michael Korda Click to tweet

Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. Unknown

Nothing fails like success. Alan Watts

Measure your success according to fun and creativity. Anita Roddick

Applause waits on success. Benjamin Franklin

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Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it. Elbert Hubbard

You sleep on a win and you’ll wake up with a loss. Conor McGregor

Clarity equals success. Greg McKeown

When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts. Bo Bennett

One fails forward toward success. Charles Kettering

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Success is the sum of details. Harvey S. Firestone

To be great is to be misunderstood. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

Be brave when you are scared, and humble when you are victorious. Unknown

Success has always been a great liar. Friedrich Nietzsche

Success can’t be forced. Loretta Young

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Your calendar is a better measure of success than your bank account. James Clear

You don’t have to show people how successful you are. Martin Yan

Success is the inevitable byproduct of learning. Naval Ravikant

The ladder of success is never crowded at the top. Napoleon Hill

Success is the fruit of concentration. Navjot Singh Sidhu

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Success is a consequence and must not be a goal. Gustave Flaubert Click to tweet

There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success. Paul Bryant

Success is a poor teacher. Robert Kiyosaki

Success is the sweetest revenge. Vanessa Williams

Success is a mindset, not a trophy. Lance Allred

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Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. Richard Bach Click to tweet

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Wise Success Sayings

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There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker Click to tweet

The success you see others experiencing is rarely as sexy as it appears to be. James Clear

The results of success are usually public and highly visible, but the process behind success is often private and hidden from view. James Clear

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. Jonathan Kozol

Real successful people are the ones who don’t even bother about obstacles because they know exactly what they want. Maxime Lagacé

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Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. Arthur Ashe

Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own. Michelle Obama

Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right. Gary Keller

Best predictor of success: Innate ability to allocate time properly. Keith Rabois

Success is created by doing the basics, to a high standard, consistently. Thibaut

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Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it. Sam Ewing

Success comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of capitulation. Thibaut

Are you chasing success? Chase good habits instead. Maxime Lagacé

“Winning” is a matter of perception. Some will check the scoreboard, others will check the progress. What are you checking? Maxime Lagacé

If I tell you I’m good, probably you will say I’m boasting. But if I tell you I’m not good, you’ll know I’m lying. Bruce Lee

Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become. Ryan Holiday

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

Show me someone for whom success is less important than the manner in which it is achieved. Of concern for the means, rather than the ends, of their actions…I want to see him. This is the person I have looked for a long time, the true genius. Epictetus

Accomplishing goals is not success. How much you expand in the process is. Brianna Wiest

If you only master yourself and you don’t help anyone else, we’d call you happy, but nobody would define you as successful. Derek Sivers

Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised. Ben Jonson

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Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. Arnold H. Glasow

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem. Henry A. Kissinger

It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him. Max Planck

You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. Oprah Winfrey

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A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. Albert Schweitzer

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

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. Paramahansa Yogananda

I have had all of the disadvantages required for success. Larry Ellison

For some, success and happiness mean popularity, noise, having the spotlight. For others, it means peace, wisdom, silence, doing what’s important to you and making an impact. Maxime Lagacé

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The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. Ayn Rand

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Part 3. Conclusion

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Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world. David McCullough Jr Click to tweet

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Creation Date

November 27, 2017

Last Update

July 14, 2021

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