Quotations on Success and Victory (for those times when only the right words will do)

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Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.
Arthur Rubinstein (1886 - 1982)

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.
Barack Obama (1961 - ), Arizona State Commencement Speech, 2009

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), Observer, Jan. 15, 1950

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)

To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success.
Anna Pavlova (1885 - 1931)

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
Anna Quindlen (1953 - )

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.
Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882), Orley Farm, chapter 49, 1950

It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Nichomachean Ethics

I've come to embrace the notion that I haven't done enough in my life. I've come to confirm that one's title, even a title like president of the United States, says very little about how well one's life has been led. No matter how much you've done or how successful you've been, there's always more to do, always more to learn, and always more to achieve.
Barack Obama (1961 - ), Arizona State Commencement Speech, 2009

That's what building a body of work is all about. It's about the daily labor, the many individual acts, the choices large and small that add up over time, over a lifetime to a lasting legacy. It's about not being satisfied with the latest achievement, the latest gold star, because the one thing I know about a body of work is that it's never finished. It's cumulative. It deepens and expands with each day you give your best. You may have setbacks and you may have failures, but you're not done. You haven't even started.
Barack Obama (1961 - ), Arizona State Commencement Speech, 2009

The leaders we revere and the businesses that last are generally not the result of a narrow pursuit of popularity or personal advancement, but of devotion to some bigger purpose. That's the hallmark of real success. The other trapping of success might be the by product of this larger mission, but it can't be the central thing.
Barack Obama (1961 - ), Arizona State Commencement Speech, 2009

Why be a man when you can be a success?
Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956)

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby (1937 - )

What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
Bob Dylan (1941 - )

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.
Cecil B. DeMille (1881 - 1959)

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
Christopher Lasch

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

There is only one success... to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it.
Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957), Where the Blue Begins,1922

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.
David McCullough (1933 - )

Envy was just the tax you paid on success.
David Nicholls, One Day, 2010

Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.
David Rockefeller (1915 - )

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.
Dr. David M. Burns

We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969), speech, April 2, 1957

When I was younger I thought success was something different. I thought, " When I grow up, I want to be famous. I want to be a star. I want to be in movies. When I grow up I want to see the world, drive nice cars. I want to have groupies." But my idea of success is different today. For me, the most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and not to give into peer pressure, to try to be something that you're not. To live your life as an honest and compassionate person. To contribute in some way.
Ellen DeGeneres, Tulane Commencement Speech, 2009

Success is counted sweetest by those who ne'er succeed.
Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Success is really about being ready for the good opportunities that come before you. It's not to have a detailed plan of everything that you're going to do. You can't plan innovation or inspiration, but you can be ready for it, and when you see it, you can jump on it.
Eric Schmidt, University of Pennsylvania Commencement Address, 2009

Now I understand what exhaustion is. Itís not just a code word for heroin addiction. People donít teach you how to handle the workload that comes from a little bit of success, and itís something Iíd never had to handle, because Iíd been rejected for so long.
Felicia Day, The Washington Post, 04-03-12

Success didn't spoil me, I've always been insufferable.
Fran Lebowitz (1950 - )

Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success - yours or his.
Franklin P. Jones, Saturday Evening Post, November 29, 1953

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 (1874 - 1936)

Nothing fails like success.
Gerald Nachman

To freely bloom - that is my definition of success.
Gerry Spence, How to Argue and Win Every Time

My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.'
Helen Hayes (1900 - 1993)

Men are born to succeed, not fail.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
Henry Kissinger (1923 - ), Wilson Library Bulletin, March 1979

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 (1882 - 1958)

The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent. Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there.
Irving Berlin (1888 - 1989), 1958

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.
Jean Giraudoux (1882 - 1944)

If you can break down those walls youíve spent so many years building to protect yourself, you can achieve anything.
Jennifer Hudson, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, 2012

If youíre... asking yourself why I have this success and you donít, donít be angry with meóstop and ask yourself what your issues are that are holding you back.
Jennifer Hudson, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, 2012

We canít let our insecurities own or destroy us. We have to face them head-on. That was part of the challenge that motivated me to take this journey. I wanted to see what I could do and, more important, I wanted to understand everything that was holding me back.
Jennifer Hudson, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, 2012

The secret to success in life is known only to those who have not succeeded.
John Churton Collins

What is the point of being alive if you donít at least try to do something remarkable?
John Green, An Abundance of Katherines, 2008

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Having been here before and lost, to be here and win, I've got to tell you, winning is really a lot better than losing. Really a lot better.
Kate Winslet, Oscar Acceptance Speech, 02-22-09

There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?
Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)

A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.
Kurt Lewin (1890 - 1947)

Sometimes in life you don't always feel like a winner, but that doesn't mean you're not a winner.
Lady Gaga (1986 - ), Ellen Degeneres Show, 09-08-09

You're probably on the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm.
Larry Page, University of Michigan Commencement Address, 2009

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Letter to Mrs Foote, Dec. 2, 1887

People fail forward to success.
Mary Kay Ash

If you have been touched by the success fairy, people think you know why. People think success breeds enlightenment and you are duty-bound to spread around like manure. Fertilize those young minds!
Meryl Streep (1949 - ), Barnard Commencement Speech, 2010

My success has depended wholly on putting things over on people, so I'm not sure that I'm that great a role model. I am, however, an expert on pretending to be an expert on pretending to be an expert.
Meryl Streep (1949 - ), Barnard Commencement Speech, 2010

You don't have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.
Meryl Streep (1949 - ), Barnard Commencement Speech, 2010