QUOTES about SUCCESS and ACHIEVEMENT

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outside success. Henry Ward Beecher 

Qualms are the anxieties of a timorous mind. You must find strength from your heart, lift your eyes; surpass and triumph over them. Source: War Cries by Samuel Gilbert 

For an actress to be a success she must have the face of Venus the brains of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a Rhinoceros. Ethel Barrymore.

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence and then success is sure. Mark Twain

According to success do we gain a reputation for judgement. Euripides

Achievement; the death of endeavor and the birth of disgust. Ambrose Bierce

We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we will finish the job. Winston Churchill

Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled with great ambitions. Longfellow

Success for the striven washes away the effort of striving. Pindar

I know that unremitting attention to business is the price of success, but I don't know what success is. Charles Dudley Warner

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain

The worst thing about having success is trying to find someone who is happy for you. Bette Midler

The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Irvine Berlin

Once you have fixed on a subject, finish it in the best manner you are able, and not through despair put it aside, and so fill your room with lumber. Golding Constable from a letter to his artist son John.

Success makes men rigid and they tend to exalt stability over all other virtues; tired of the effort of willing they become fanatics about conservation. Walter Lippmann

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage. Henry Ward Beecher

Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed – there is so little competition. Elbert Hubbard 

The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed. Montesquieu 

Constant success shows us but one side of the world. For as it surrounds us with friends who will tell us only our merits, so it silences those enemies from whom alone we can learn our defects. Charles Caleb Colton 

I always thought I should be treated like a star. Madonna 

If I didn't care for fun and such, I'd probably amount to much, but I shall stay the way I am, because I do not give a damn. Dorothy Parker 

Now I am a genius; before that I was a drudge. Paganini

The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Irvin Berlin

To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die. Vauvenargues

The way to secure success is to be more anxious about obtaining than about deserving it. William Hazlitt

Spring brings a sense of impending success, replenishing our belief in upcoming victory. Colleen Swan

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

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend. Thoreau

To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail our pride supports us, when we succeed it betrays us. Charles Caleb Colton

The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young. F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is no success without hardship. Sophocles

Success smiles upon men who can laugh upon their failures. Andrea Jeer

The greatest superstition now entertained by public men is that hypocrisy is the royal road to success. Robert G Ingersoll

Success causes us to be more praised than known. Joseph Roux 

Success is counted sweetest, by those who ne'er succeed. Emily Dickinson 

A successful man looses no reputation. Thomas Fuller

Success seems to be that which forms the distinction between confidence and conceit. Charles Caleb Colton

Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds. Robert Browning

The person who makes a success of living is one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswerving. Cecil B. DeMille 

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived; that is to have succeeded.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing more aggravates ill success than the near approach of good. Henry Fielding

It is only the cynicism that is born of success that is penetrating and valid. George Jean Nathan

Success can corrupt; usefulness can only exalt. Dmitri Mitropoulos

The secret of success is constancy to purpose. Benjamin Disraeli

A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means. William Hazlitt

It is impossible to achieve the aim without suffering. Anon 

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. Joseph Heller

To be free is to have achieved your life. Anon

For one man who sincerely pities our misfortunes, there are a thousand who sincerely hate our success. Charles Caleb Colton

It's man’s to fight, but heaven’s to give success. Homer

Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. Ascribed to Richard L. Evans

Even success softens not the heart of the envious. Pindar

There are no events so disastrous that adroit men do not draw some advantage from them, nor any so fortunate that the imprudent cannot turn to their own prejudice. LA Rochefoucauld   

It is not sufficiently considered in the hour of exultation, that all human excellence is comparative; that no man performs much but in proportion to what other accomplish, or to the time and opportunities which have been allowed him. Samuel Butler

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us to find fault with the rest of us. Adams, Truslow James

What is responsible for the success of many works is the rapport between the mediocrity of the author’s ideas and the mediocrity of the public. Chamfort

There are few successful adults who were not first successful children. Alexander Chase

In private enterprises men may advance or recede, whereas those who aim at empire have no alternative between the highest success and utter downfall. Tacitus

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor  Robert Louis Stevenson

When you arrive at the sea, you do not talk of the tributary. Proverb

The success of a close friend is often wounding, especially if he has been poor for so long. Tom Baker

Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty, it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands. Mahatma Gandhi

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved. Emerson

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do. Anon

You cannot achieve the impossible without attempting the absurd. Anon

There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity. Douglas Macarthur

Achievement; the death of endeavor and the birth of disgust. Ambrose Bierce

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

It is no use saying, we are doing our best. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. Winston Churchill

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. Mark Twain

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. Thoreau

It seems that perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove. Antoine Saint Exupéry 

No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one’s sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one’s character may remain entirely unaffected for the better. With mere good intentions, hell is proverbially paved.  William James

The most positive men are the most credulous. Jonathan Swift

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. Barack Obama

Ambition is an illness in Italy, and no-one wants to catch it; at least no-one wants you to know that he has caught it. If the saints and angels had desired him to be rich, then rich he would be by now, he tells you. Quote source: One Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi 

Discrimination is the price you pay for being ahead of your group. Ruth Handler, Creator of the Barbie Doll

What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not. St. Augustine

The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you. Nancy Astor

To achieve excellence you must first pass through your inner door of self-effacement. Marcia Fontaine 

Before I launch this boat named motivation I want to see a storm of Joie de vivre. Matt Curtis 

The secret of inspiring others stems from the sense that they cannot be inspired without you. James Cunard

Character can not be developed in ease and comfort. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can a soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved. Helen Keller

Back to every achievement is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.

The awareness of the ambiguity of one’s highest achievements, as well as one’s deepest failures is a definite symptom of maturity. Paul Tillich

Think about what you want. Think about who can help you get it, then think about how to make them happy about giving it to you. Mary Fitzpatrick Haskell

Be sure to set your goals so high that you can't possibly accomplish them in one lifetime. That way you'll always have something ahead of you. I made the mistake of setting my goals too low, and now I'm having a hard time coming up with new ones. Ted Turner

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. Anatole France

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. Anon

I hope success will sweeten me, and make me what I long to become more than a great writer, a good daughter. Louisa May Alcott to her mother

I regarded most of the people I met as creatures I could use solely and exclusively as porters in my voyage of ambition. Almost all these porters sooner or later became exhausted. Unable to endure the long marches that I forced on them at top speed, and under all climatic conditions, they died on the way. I took others. To attach them to my service, I promised to get them to where I myself was going, to that end station of glory which climbers desperately want to reach. Salvador Dali. Quote from: Dali: A Biography by Meredith Etherington-Smith 

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away. Thoreau

It is not enough to take steps which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise. Goethe

The challenge of education is not to prepare a person for success, but to prepare him for failure. Admiral James Stockdale

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. Einstein

Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can. Emerson

It is within your power to see that all you have experienced, trials, errors, faults, deceptions, passions, your love and your hope, shall be merged wholly in your aim. Nietzsche

In his autobiography, actor Mickey Rooney recounts that when he first asked the then fledgling screen goddess Ava Gardner for a date, she turned to the director beside her to ask, ”Will it help my career if I go out with him?” Only after the director nodded did she agree to the dinner. Source of quote: Life is too Short by Mickey Rooney

It has been said of Jimmy Durante: “He couldn't sing, but he sang. He couldn't dance but he danced. His jokes were corny but he was hilarious, because he was magical. Source: Dustin Hoffman

A clash of doctrine is not a disaster, it is an opportunity. Alfred North Whitehead

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. Mark Twain

Every achievement began with the decision to persist. Unknown

Your identity should never be defined by your achievements.Unknown

Everywhere I went I experienced the same success, which transcends words. Leni Riefenstahl

I have seen youths bright eyed and fair groping after bubbles in rapture, and conceiving them diamonds and the glitter of fine jewels, until their hand closed over a something that was not to be felt nor longer seen, mere colored air. Theodore Dreiser.

We need dreams to lure us into achievement but once we attain them we inevitably find disillusionment. Theodore Dreiser by Richard Lingeman

True fame comes to those who do not seek it. Anon

You must conquer and rule or serve and lose, suffer or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer. Goethe

Those that achieve anything that looks beyond the vision and thinking of their peers provoke jealousy and hatred disguised as the ordinary. Nietzsche 

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

The same man cannot well be skilled in everything; each has his special excellence. Euripides

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. Thoreau

To succeed we chase the lure of things that are worthy to be loved. Anon

It’s them that take advantage that get advantage in this world. George Eliot

He who bears in his heart a cathedral to be built is already victorious. He who seeks to become sexton of a finished cathedral is already defeated. Saint-Exupery

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. J.K. Rowling

Anecdote:  When football champion John Cappelletti accepted the 1973 Heisman trophy, he spoke of his younger brother Joey who, though stricken by leukemia, sat in the audience with their parents. Comparing his own struggle for success with that of his brother for daily survival, he said:  “You get your bumps and bruises and it’s a terrific battle out there on the football field, but for me, it’s only on Saturday and it’s in the fall. For Joseph, it’s a battle that’s all year round, and he puts up with more than I’ll ever put up with. This trophy is far more his than mine.” Source: Something for Joey by Richard E Peck.

What shall it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Bible Quote.

Ambition does not see the earth she treads on; the rock and the herbage are of one substance to her. Walter Savage Landor

Success is expecting nothing less than winning; if you doubt you have already lost. John R banks.  

It takes a certain level of aspiration before one can take advantage of opportunities that are clearly offered. Michael Harrington

It doesn't matter if people are playing jazz or writing poetry. If they want to be successful, they need to learn how to persist and persevere and keep on working until the work is done… I bet there isn’t  a single highly successful person who has not depended on grit. Nobody is talented enough to not have to work hard, and that’s what grit allows you to do. Source: Imagine: How creativity works by Jonah Lehrer 

When you have gained a victory, do not push it too far; ‘tis sufficient to let the company and your adversary see ‘tis in your power but that you are too generous to make use of it. Eustace Budgell

Begin and proceed on a settled conviction that but little is permitted to any man to do or to know, and if he complies with the first grand laws, he shall do well. Emerson

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot do by force. Syrus

Anecdote: To a large degree, since the beginning of time, charisma or the lack of it has impacted upon those in quest of acclaim. As media expands, this has become ever more vital. Thus, demeanor  if unappealing, can defeat one’s likelihood of success, causing the death of prospects whilst they are still embryonic. John Donne


Eventually I sickened of people who didn't think enough of themselves to make something of themselves, people who did only what they had to, and never what they could have done.  I learned from them the infected loneliness that comes at the end of every misspent day.  I knew I could do better: I hurt; therefore I am by Mark Twight

DEFINITION and MEANING
Success and achievement tend to be viewed in terms of public accolades and recognition.  This can take any number of forms, from an archaeological finding to the shaping of a magnificent sculpture. Still, these outer signs are far from the only manifestations.  Often the efforts of those lost in oblivion have contributed to the ultimate acclaim granted another. Authentic credit for any idea, invention, triumph or victory, awarded to one individual, has been spawned by forebears.