100 Success Quotes To Help You Win At Work (And Life)

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.

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.


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Success is never accidental. Jack Dorsey

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


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Related: 130 Monday Motivation Quotes To Kick-Start Your Week

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

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

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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

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

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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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One-liners, short success quotes, sayings, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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


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

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

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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

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

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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

Related: 10 Habits of Successful People (investopedia.com)

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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)

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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

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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

Let’s recap:

  • Want to be successful? Forget about luck and keep working on the right things.
  • Success is more about consistency than intensity.
  • The most successful people have one thing in common: they took a risk, they sacrificed something.
  • 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.

Further Readings

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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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.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

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

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

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November 2, 2022

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