By Maxime Lagacé
Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, powerful, and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.
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Here are 100 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, a journey where you help others succeed too.
You’ll discover quotes by Steve Jobs, Picasso, Thoreau, and many more.
Success is never accidental. Jack Dorsey
If you want to be successful, find out what the price is and then pay it. Scott Adam
Behind every successful man there’s a lot of unsuccessful years. Bob Brown
The secret of success is constancy of purpose. Benjamin Disraeli
Success is the child of audacity. Benjamin Disraeli
Forget the past. Nelson Mandela
The true success is the person who invented himself. Al Goldstein
When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat. Nelson Mandela
If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success. Malcolm X
Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. Baltasar
Slow and steady is better than fast and shaky. Maxime Lagacé
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success is not in what you have, but who you are. Bo Bennett
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
I don’t dwell on success. Maybe that’s one reason I’m successful. Calvin Klein
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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 burn out. 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
A minute’s success pays the failure of years. Robert Browning
Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs. Barack Obama
Failure is success in progress. Albert Einstein
90% of your plans are going to fail no matter what you do. Get used to it. Mark Manson
No-one knows what he can do until he tries. Publilius Syrus
One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. Leonardo da Vinci
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
The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something. Naval Ravikant
The maximum success is reached when you are never busy. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. W.C. Fields
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
Success is leaving a good path, or even better, leaving no path at all. Maxime Lagacé
Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. Paul J. Meyer
My success is not who I am. Judith Guest
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
The wise do things slowly, because they love it. 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
Most successful people are just a walking anxiety disorder harnessed for productivity. Andrew Wilkinson (Source)
He who cares wins. Nigel Short
The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. Criss Jami
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The path to success is to take massive, determined action. Tony Robbins
Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. Sam Walton (Walmart)
I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things. Walt Disney
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Vince Lombardi
The best revenge is massive success. Frank Sinatra
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
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
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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
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Thomas Jefferson
Always over-prepare. No one can win against a person who is over-prepared. Barbara Corcoran (Source)
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
80% of success is showing up. Woody Allen
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou
The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows. Aristotle
All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure. Mark Twain
Victory is a state of mind. Christiano Ronaldo (Source)
Short Success Quotes
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To fly, we have to have resistance. Maya Lin
Success is not only the peaks you reach — it’s the valleys you conquer. Adam Grant (Source)
To follow, without halt, one aim: There is the secret to success. Anna Pavlova
Applause waits on success. Benjamin Franklin
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
Clever wins the moment. Wise wins the decade. Shane Parrish (Source)
To be great is to be misunderstood. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be brave when you are scared, and humble when you are victorious. Unknown
Your calendar is a better measure of success than your bank account. James Clear
Success has always been a great liar. Friedrich Nietzsche
You don’t have to show people how successful you are. Martin Yan
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Success is the inevitable byproduct of learning. Naval Ravikant
You can’t compete with someone who is having fun. Tiago Forte (Source)
The ladder of success is never crowded at the top. Napoleon Hill
Success is a consequence and must not be a goal. Gustave Flaubert
There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success. Paul Bryant
The truly wise, the truly happy, the truly successful, don’t feel entitled. Maxime Lagacé
Success is a mindset, not a trophy. Lance Allred
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. Richard Bach
Wise Success Sayings
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
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
How to know if you’ve made: it you have “time” and “space” to think. Aaron Alto (Source)
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
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
A big part of success is cutting off people who prevent you from growing. Dan Go (Source)
Success comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of capitulation. Thibaut
Best predictor of success: Innate ability to allocate time properly. Keith Rabois
Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it. Sam Ewing
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
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
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The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. Bruce Feirstein
One sign you’re successful: Other people’s accomplishments bring you joy. Matthew Kobach (Source)
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
Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem. Henry A. Kissinger
We must work tirelessly to ensure we live in a society that celebrates success, rather than condemns it. Anthony Pompliano (Source)
A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. Albert Schweitzer
You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. Oprah Winfrey
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
Ninety percent of success can be boiled down to consistently doing the obvious thing for an uncommonly long period of time without convincing yourself that you’re smarter than you are. Shane Parrish (Source)
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
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. Ayn Rand
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Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world. David McCullough Jr
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- Forget about your old self. Success is about looking forward. It’s about creating yourself.
- What is success? The person who, in the end, gave more than he took.
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Hope you enjoyed these inspiring success quotes. If you did, please share them with a friend today!
But most importantly, hope you’ll remember that success is more than material.
It’s also about your internal state, your inner peace, your happiness, and what you’re doing for others.
Are you successful? What is your favorite success quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.
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