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A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
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A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer
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A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
- David Brinkley
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Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.
- Euripides
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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln
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Always imitate the behavior of winners when you lose.
- Anonymous
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Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
- Thomas A. Edison
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Be different, stand out, and work your butt off.
- Reba McEntire
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Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.
- Napoleon Hill
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Behind every successful man there is a surprised woman.
- Maryon Pearson
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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
- Norman Vincent Peale
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Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
- Mario Andretti
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Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
- Dale Carnegie
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Donít improve it into a flop!
- Samuel Goldwyn
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Eighty percent of success is showing up.
- Woody Allen
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Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
- Dale Carnegie
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For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of a Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a MaCaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.
- Ethel Barrymore
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For everyone of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn't always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school.
- Oprah Winfrey
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For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.
- Harry F. Banks
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Give me a couple of years, and Iíll make that actress an overnight success.
- Samuel Goldwyn
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High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
- Charles Kettering
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Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases.
- John W. Raper
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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong -- because someday you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver
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I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures.
- Earl Warren
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I attribute my success to thisóI never gave or took any excuse.
- Florence Nightingale
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I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is Ė try to please everybody.
- Herbert Bayard Swope
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I certainly hear the Trombones Unlimited version of 'Daydream' in a lot of elevators.
- John Sebastian
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I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
- Bill Cosby
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I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.
- George Burns
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I know it is the fans that are responsible for me being here. I've always tried in each and every broadcast to serve the fans to the best of my ability.
- Harry Caray
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I've been lucky enough to win an Oscar, write a bestseller... my other dream would be to have a painting in the Louvre. The only way that's going to happen is if I paint a dirty one on the wall of the gentlemen's lavatory.
- David Niven
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I've learned it's always better to have a small percentage of a big success, than a hundred percent of nothing.
- Art Linkletter
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If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
- Anonymous
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If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third, place.
- Cicero
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If you want to zoom down the expert slope tomorrow, you have to fall down the bunny slope today.
- Cynthia Copeland Lewis
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It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.
- Peter Marshall
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It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
- Aristotle
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Iím not going to die because I failed as someone else. Iím going to succeed as myself.
- Margaret Cho
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Let us be thankful for fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
- Mark Twain
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Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success.
- Jim Backus
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Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Money and success don't change people; they merely amplify what is already there.
- Will Smith
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Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes - they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.
- Agatha Christie
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Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. The sooner the discovery is made the better, as there is more time and power for taking advantage of it.
- William Lamb Melbourne
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No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind, such as cars that won't start.
- Larry McMurtry
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Nothing recedes like success.
- Walter Winchell
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Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
- Lao Tzu
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Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
- Andre Malraux
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One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
- Arthur Ashe
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One of the things that happens in the business is that success is a very strange thing in that if you are involved in something very successful the next person wants you to repeat it.
- Elmer Bernstein
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Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy
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Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu
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Personnel and their capacity for work on their exact jobs is the basic key to income and success.
- L. Ron Hubbard
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Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna ó or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.
- Barbara Walters
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Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
- Sloan Wilson
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Success is a beast. And it actually puts the emphasis on the wrong thing. You get away with more instead of looking within.
- Brad Pitt
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Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral.
- Rosalind Russell
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Success is meaningless if you can't sleep at night because of harsh things said, petty secrets sharpened against hard and stony regret, just waiting to be plunged into the soft underbelly of a 'friendship.'
- Margaret Cho
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Success is not in never failing, but rising everytime you fall!
- Jonathan Taylor Thomas
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Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
- Earl Wilson
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Success tends to go not to the person who is error-free, because he also tends to be risk-averse. Rather it goes to the person who recognizes that life is pretty much a percentage business.
- Donald Rumsfeld
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Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
- Henry David Thoreau
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Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
- Andrew Jackson
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The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own.
- Michael Korda
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The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its behind.
- Joseph Stilwell
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The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.
- John Foster Dulles
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The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion... It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider - and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation - persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.
- Alexander Graham Bell
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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
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The road to success is always under construction.
- Arnold Palmer
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The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
- Agatha Christie
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The secret of success is the consistency to pursue.
- Harry F. Banks
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The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
- Aristotle Onassis
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The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me.
- Howard Nemerov
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The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.
- Roy L. Smith
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The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality, and the desire for achievement and success. They are the things that make the Americans so unhappy and so nervous. - From The Importance of Living (1937)
- Lin Yutang
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The three signs of great men are -- generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.
- Otto von Bismarck
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The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.
- Irving Berlin
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The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.
- Thomas J. Watson
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The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you.
- Bette Midler
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There are moments when everything goes well; don't be frightened, it won't last.
- Jules Renard
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There is always room at the top.
- Daniel Webster
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There is no rest, there must be no rest for a fellow when he is successful. He has got to keep right on going... And donít think that I am the product of luck or breaks or anything like that. I have worked hard ever since I came out of the University of Colorado. I have played the trombone in so many bands, I canít count them all.
- Glenn Miller
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There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?
- Kin Hubbard
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To know how to wait is the great secret of success.
- Joseph Marie de Maistre
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To succeed, one must posses an effective combination of ability, ambition, courage, drive, hard work, integrity, and loyalty.
- Harry F. Banks
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Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein
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Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.
- Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower
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When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make a lemonade.
- Dale Carnegie
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Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
- Henry Ford
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You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
- Beverly Sills
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