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A man with a new idea is a crank -- until the idea succeeds. ~~ Mark Twain

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous -- on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. It is failure that makes people bitter and cruel. ~~ W. Somerset Maugham

Every successful person has had failures, but repeated failure is no guarantee of eventual success. ~~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. ~~ Lily Tomlin

There is no use in walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being as unsuccessful near home. ~~ Unattributed

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. ~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you're going to define me properly, you must think in terms of my failures as well as my successes. ~~ Harrison Ford

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed. ~~ Barbara Tuchman

There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it? ~~ Kin Hubbard

Success is never final, but failure can be. ~~ Bill Parcells

I couldn't wait for success . so I went ahead without it. ~~ Jonathan Winters

Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. ~~ Erma Bombeck

I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate. ~~ George Burns

Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage. ~~ Sydney J. Harris

The game of life is to come up a winner, to be a success, or to achieve what we set out to do. Yet there is always the danger of failing as a human being. ~~ Richard Nixon

I think the measure of your success to a certain extent will be the amount of things written about you that aren't true. ~~ Cybill Shepherd

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

It's hard to say who gets criticized the most, the successful person, or the failure . but it's mighty close. ~~ Joe Moore

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~~ Bill Cosby

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~~ Helen Keller

Life has . taught me not to expect success to be the inevitable result of my endeavors. She taught me to seek sustenance from the endeavor itself, but to leave the result to God. ~~ Alan Paton

Success produces success, just as money produces money. ~~ Nicolas de Chamfort

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

The only success worth one's powder was success in the line of one's idiosyncrasy . what was talent but the art of being completely whatever one happened to be? ~~ Henry James

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. ~~ Booker T. Washington

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

Always aim for achievement, and forget about success. ~~ Helen Hayes

Nature gave men two ends -- one to sit on, and one to think with. Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most. ~~ George R. Kirkpatrick

Eighty percent of success is showing up. ~~ Woody Allen

The secret of my success is that I always managed to live to fly another day. ~~ Chuck Yeager

The secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God. ~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

One's religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is Success. ~~ Sir J. M. Barrie

If you achieve success, you will get applause, and if you get applause, you will hear it. My advice to you concerning applause is this: Enjoy it but never quite believe it. ~~ Robert Montgomery

There is no disinfectant like success. ~~ Elizabeth Taylor

Management: An activity or art where those who have not yet succeeded and those who have proved unsuccessful are led by those who have not yet failed. ~~ Paulsson Frenckner

The essence of success is that it is never necessary to think of a new idea oneself. It is far better to wait until somebody else does it, and then to copy him in every detail, except his mistakes. ~~ Aubrey Menen

There is only one success -- to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~~ Christopher Morley

True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful. ~~ Paul Sweeney

The desire for success lubricates secret prostitutions in the soul. ~~ Norman Mailer

Stupidities that succeed are still stupidities. ~~ Yiddish proverb

No one ever excused his way to success. ~~ David de Dotto

Many a crown of wisdom is but the golden chamberpot of success, worn with pompous dignity. ~~ Paul Eldridge

The penalty of success is to be bored by the attentions of people who formerly snubbed you. ~~ Mary Wilson Little

It takes about 20 years to become an overnight success. ~~ Eddie Cantor

The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had. ~~ Robert Louis Stevenson

The saddest life is that of a political aspirant under democracy. His failure is ignominious and his success is disgraceful. ~~ H. L. Mencken

She knows there's no success like failure
And that failure's no success at all. ~~ Bob Dylan, [Love Minus Zero/No Limit]

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. ~~ Abraham Lincoln

For any woman to success in American life she must first do two things: Prepare herself for a profession, and marry a man who wants her to succeed as much as she does. ~~ Cathleen Douglas

Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want. ~~ Bernard M. Baruch

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

Cultivate your curiosity. Keep it sharp and always working. Consider curiosity your life preserver, your willingness to try something new. Second, enlarge your enthusiasm to include the pursuit to excellence, following every task through to completion. Third, make the law of averages work for you. By budgeting your time more carefully than most people you can make more time available. Does the combination of curiosity, enthusiasm, and the law of averages guarantee success? Indeed it does not! ... Success in the final analysis always involves luck or the element of chance. Louis Pasteur grasped this well when he said that chance favors the prepared mind. ~~ John W. Hanley

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

Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined. ~~ Johnny Carson