Famous Quotes About Success to Motivate You

Thinking about Success and what it means to you? There are many definitions on success by all kinds of people. For some, success is about the number in their bank account, for others it’s the title on their business card and for some it may just be the control they have over their time and schedule. No matter what you strive for in your quest for success though, some good quotes about success can help you focus, get motivated and achieve your goals.

We’ve put together a great list of over 200 famous quotes about success for you to take a minute and enjoy them.

  1. The faintest ink is better than the best memory – Unknown
  2. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein
  3. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.- Henry David Thoreau
  4. I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. – Estee Lauder
  5. It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot
  6. What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away – Shing Xiong
  8. The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. — Zig Ziglar
  9. 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
  10. Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures. — Vince Lombardi
  11. When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell
  12. There are two ways of exerting ones strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. – Booker T. Washington
  13. Happiness always sneaks in a door you did not think was open. – Unknown
  14. A good hand and a good heart are always a formidable combination. – Nelson Mandela
  15. A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve. – John Maxwell
  16. Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are. – Henry Van Dyke
  17. Every dog must have his day. – Jonathan Swift
  18. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. – Ray Goforth
  19. There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality. – Anthony Robbins
  20. See the Invisible, Believe the Incredible, Achieve the Impossible. – Joel Brown
  21. Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t. – Jerry Rice
  22. People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do. – Rob Siltanen
  23. The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. – Abraham Lincoln
  24. Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. — Paul J. Meyer
  25. Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people – Eleanor Roosevelt
  26. Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way. — Vera Wang
  27. You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. – Oprah Winfrey
  28. Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive – Howard Thurman
  29. Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. – John Maxwell
  30. If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average. – M.H. Alderson
  31. In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true. – John Lilly
  32. The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It;s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the wind and rains and the scorching sun. – Napoleon Hill
  33. It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret – Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  34. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. – Sir Winston Churchill
  35. When it looks impossible and you are ready to quit, victory is near! – Tony Robbins
  36. Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. – Henry Van Dyke
  37. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby
  38. We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated. – Maya Angelou
  39. The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra
  40. A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. – Herm Albright
  41. The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well. – John D. Rockefeller Jr.
  42. If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. – Steve Jobs
  43. Where there is unity there is always victory. – Publilius Syrus
  44. The important thing is to not stop questioning. – Albert Einstein
  45. Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. — Arnold H. Glascow
  46. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine
  47. Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling. — Naveen Jain
  48. In the end, it isn’t about changing the world, but rather, how many worlds you have changed. – Unknown
  49. Imagine Your Life Is Perfect In Every Respect; What Would It Look Like? – Brian Tracy
  50. Keep you face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. – Helen Keller
  51. Fall seven times and stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb
  52. Do what you can with what you’ve got wherever you are. – Theodore Roosevelt
  53. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw
  54. It’s not denial. I’m selective about the reality I accept. – Calvin
  55. Successful people begin where failures leave off. Never settle for ‘just getting the job done.’ Excel! — Tom Hopkins
  56. It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts. – Mother Teresa
  57. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward your always in the same place. – Nora Roberts
  58. When you can’t change the direction of the wind, just adjust your sails. – H. Jackson Brown Jr
  59. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
  60. In the giving-is the getting. – David Matoc
  61. My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. – Oprah Winfrey
  62. Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself. – Harvey Fierstein
  63. It takes strength to be gentle and kind. – Stephen Morrisey
  64. Here are 50 quotes to inspire you to succeed in the face of failures, setbacks, and barriers.
  65. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson
  66. It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. – Herman Melville
  67. There is nothing permanent except change. – Heraditus
  68. Action is the foundational key to all success. — Pablo Picasso
  69. Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward. – Unknown
  70. Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. – Victoria Holt
  71. The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. – Madeleine L’Engle
  72. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. – E. Hubbard
  73. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. – John Wooden
  74. Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do. — Brian Tracy
  75. The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty. – Winston Churchill
  76. Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. – Jack Canfield
  77. The Man Who Has Confidence In Himself Gains The Confidence Of Others. – Hasidic Proverb
  78. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. – Carl Bard
  79. One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. — Arthur Ashe
  80. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door – Milton Berle
  81. The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. – Jordan Belfort
  82. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life—and that is why I succeed. — Michael Jordan
  83. What the mind can conceive, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill
  84. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller
  85. Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan. – Larry Winget
  86. Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won. – Unknown
  87. It’s not your circumstances that shape you, it’s how you react to your circumstances. – Anne Ortlund
  88. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–It is: Try to please everybody. – Herbert Bayard Swope
  89. A person that values it’s privileges above its principles soon loses both. – Dwight Eisenhower
  90. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – Colin Powell
  91. Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. -John D. Rockefeller
  92. I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself. – Albert Einstein
  93. People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. – Tony Robbins
  94. A hero is a person who does what he or she can. – Roman Rolland
  95. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  96. The impossible is often the untried. – Jim Goodwin
  97. Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do. – Goethe
  98. Laughter is the music of life. – Sir William Osler
  99. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. – Robert Kiyosaki
  100. The appearance of things change according to the emotions and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty really are in ourselves. – Kahlil Gibran
  101. Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop. – Unknown
  102. Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. – Charles F. Kettering
  103. The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. – Marcel Pagnol
  104. All of our dreams can come true if we just have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
  105. The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. – Unknown
  106. My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness. – Dalai Lama
  107. If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn
  108. Nothing is worth more than this day. – Goethe
  109. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
  110. We all have a few failures under our belt. It’s what makes us ready for the successes. – Randy K. Milholland
  111. Never deprive someone of hope; it may be all they have. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  112. You build walls & boundaries when you give into your mind. Fear nothing & take control of who you are & who you are meant to be – Joel Brown
  113. I always think part of success is being able to replicate results, taking what is interesting or viable about yourself as a professional person and seeing if you bring it into different situations with similar results. — Robert Downey Jr.
  114. Anyone can become angry-that is easy, but to become angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way-that is not easy. – Aristotle
  115. The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. – Colin R. Davis
  116. It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it. – Lena Horne
  117. If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You. – Steve Jobs
  118. If you can dream it, you can do it.- Walt Disney
  119. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.- Winston Churchill
  120. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. – Jim Rohn
  121. I planned my success. I knew it was going to happen. — Erykah Badu
  122. I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse. — Florence Nightingale
  123. It is not length of Life, but depth of life. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  124. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that other throw at him. – David Brinkley
  125. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
  126. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – The Dalai Lama
  127. Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. – Michael Jordan
  128. Change is inevitable. Progress is optional. – Tony Robbins
  129. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton
  130. Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. – John Updike, 1989, U.S. author & critic
  131. Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will. – Unknown
  132. Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. —John Wooden
  133. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. – Albert Einstein
  134. No one is going to hand me success. I must go out & get it myself. That’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world, and myself. – Unknown
  135. Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston S. Churchill
  136. We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. – Mother Teresa
  137. Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. – Tony Hsieh
  138. The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way. — Robert Kiyosaki
  139. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray
  140. All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. – Michael John Bobak
  141. Some people dream of success… others stay awake to achieve it. – Unknown
  142. Opportunities don’t happen. You create them. – Chris Grosser
  143. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. – Buddha
  144. We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere. – Tim McGraw
  145. What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. — Margaret Thatcher
  146. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. Especially when that time will pass you by anyway. – Unknown
  147. I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. – Arthur Rubinstein
  148. Our greatest glory is not failing, but in rising every time we fail. – Confucius
  149. Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. – Thomas J. Watson
  150. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. – Barack Obama
  151. It took us so long to realize that a purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. – Kurt Vonnegut
  152. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky
  153. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu
  154. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead
  155. Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you. – Zig Ziglar
  156. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer
  157. It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up. – Vince Lombardi
  158. To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. – Oscar Wilde
  159. For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. — Walter Scott
  160. Out of clutter, find simplicity; from discord, find harmony; in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein
  161. Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown
  162. I like nonsense,it wakens up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. – Dr. Seuss
  163. I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. — Frank Lloyd Wright
  164. Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it. – Cicero
  165. How you do one thing, is how you do everything. Be aware. – Unknown
  166. Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball. – Mitzi Chandler
  167. The miracle is this; the more we share, the more we have. – Leonard Nimoy
  168. 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
  169. Failure Will Never Overtake Me If My Determination To Succeed Is Strong Enough. – Og Mandino
  170. I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed. — Booker T. Washington
  171. I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes. – Thomas Edison
  172. Entrepreneurs Are Great At Dealing With Uncertainty And Also Very Good At Minimizing Risk. That’s The Classic Entrepreneur. – Mohnish Pabrai
  173. Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity. – Og Mandino
  174. We don’t see things the way they are. We see them the way we are – Talmud
  175. First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. – Mahatma Gandhi
  176. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee 
  177. I failed my way to success. – Thomas Edison
  178. In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. – Nikos Kazantzakis
  179. Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use. – Charles Schultzsuccess quotes charles schultz
  180. You Learn More From Failure Than From Success. Don’t Let It Stop You. Failure Builds Character. – Unknown
  181. The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible. – Joel Brown
  182. Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. — Benjamin Franklin
  183. It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. – Robert H. Goddard
  184. Eighty percent of success is showing up. — Woody Allen
  185. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
  186. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. — Henry Ford
  187. Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. – Will Rogers
  188. Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. – Albert Einstein
  189. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing – Helen Keller
  190. A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart. – Jonathan Swift
  191. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude. – Denis Waitley
  192. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson
  193. We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. – Randy Pausch
  194. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. – Steve Jobs
  195. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison
  196. Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security – John Allen Paulos
  197. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
  198. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. – Beverly Sills
  199. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon
  200. Hope is like a road in the country. There never was a road; but, when many people walk together, the road comes into existence. – From the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
  201. I’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’ Success is never final; I’ll just keep on going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them. — Conor McGregor
  202. The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows. – Aristotle Onassis
  203. The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it – Henry David Thoreau
  204. To get something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. – Unknown
  205. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.- Jim Rohn


I hope you enjoyed the list of Famous Quotes About Success. Which was your favorite? With this list there had to be at least one, right?

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