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H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Henry FordFailure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Oscar LevantIt's not what you are, it's what you don't become that hurts.

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

Bill CosbyIn order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

—  Bill Cosby, 1937-, American comedian

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

—  Bill Cosby, 1937-, American comedian

Wilson MiznerThe gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn't been asleep.

—  Wilson Mizner, 1876-1913, American playwright

Pierre de CoubertinSuccess comprises in itself the seeds of its own decline and sport is not spared by this law.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Bill GatesSuccess is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.

—  Bill Gates, 1955-, American businessman

Gore VidalIt is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Thomas EdisonI have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

Zig ZiglarFailure is often the line of least persistence.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lao-TzuFailure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved. Success is the lurking-place of failure; but who can tell when the turning-point will come?

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Michel de MontaignePhysicians have this advantage: the sun lights their success and the earth covers their failures.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Jim RohnFailure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Joseph RouxIt is a very rare thing for a man of talent to succeed by his talent.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

NapoleonSuccess is the most convincing talker in the world.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonThe reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

George Bernard ShawSuccess does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Winston ChurchillSuccess is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

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

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

ConfuciusIn all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Albert EinsteinIf A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Laurence J PeterThere are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Ambrose BierceSuccess, n. The one unpardonable sin against one's fellows.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Ambrose BierceTo the eye of failure success is an accident.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

TalleyrandNothing succeeds so well as success.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Georges ClemenceauA man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed — I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.

—  Georges Clemenceau, 1841-1929, French Prime Minister

Aristotle OnassisTo be successful you have to act big, think big, and talk big.

—  Aristotle Onassis, 1900-1975, Greek tycoon

John KeatsFailure is in a sense the highway to success, as each discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

Thomas EdisonMany of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

Thomas EdisonI owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours — and thrived on it.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it's leaning against the right building.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Judge your success by the degree that you're enjoying peace, health, and love.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Jules RenardFailure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Samuel BeckettEver tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

Frank TygerThe ladder of success doesn't care who climbs it.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Frank TygerTo be successful, you've got to be willing to fail.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Frank TygerSuccess is often just an idea away.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Frank TygerSuccess won't just come to you. It has to be met at least half way.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Karl JungTo be normal is the ultimate aim of the unsuccessful.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

George BurnsI honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Isaac AsimovTo succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Peter DruckerSuccess always obsoletes the very behavior that achieved it.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Elbert HubbardThere is no failure except in no longer trying.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Elbert HubbardA little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Karl KrausMost people only do what they are asked to do; success comes to those who do a little more.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Theodore RooseveltIt is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Bob DylanA man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Zig ZiglarThere is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarMake failure your teacher, not your undertaker.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Vince LombardiDictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiTo achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

John WoodenSuccess is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

John WoodenFailing to prepare is preparing to fail.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

George Bernard ShawWhen I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Henry FordTo do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Zig ZiglarFailure doesn't mean you are a failure... it just means you haven't succeeded yet. Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

NapoleonIf I had succeeded, I would have been the greatest man known to history.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Personal Stories

Thomas EdisonI failed my way to success.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

Funny Quotes

AnonymousIf at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

—  Anonymous

AnonymousIf at first you don't succeed then skydiving definitely isn't for you.

—  Anonymous

Jerry SeinfeldIf a book about failures doesn't sell, is it a success?

—  Jerry Seinfeld, 1954-, American comedian

Woody AllenEighty percent of success is showing up.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Stupid Quotes

George W. BushIf we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President



Chinese proverbFailure is the mother of success.

—  Chinese proverb


Movie Quotes

Apollo 13 (1995)Failure is not an option.

—  from the film Apollo 13 (1995)


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