Top 170 Famous Success Quotes

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Top 170 Famous Success Quotes

1. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

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2. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill

3. “Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.” – Virat Kohli

4. “Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” – Woody Allen

5. “Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

6. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi

7. “Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.” – Aisha Tyler

8. “Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.” – W. Clement Stone

9. “Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.” – Oliver Goldsmith

10. “Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.” – Dan Millman

11. “Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” – Lydia M. Child

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12. “Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort.” – Charles J. Givens

13. “It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.” – Eddie Cantor

14. “There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.” – Jim Lovell

15. “I worked half my life to be an overnight success, and still it took me by surprise.” – Jessica Savitch

16. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

17. “My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day.” – Johnny Carson

18. “Sometimes, success almost haunts you. You want to be the best at everything you do and know you have to work hard.” – Katarina Witt

19. “I wonder how many times people give up just before a breakthrough – when they are on the very brink of success.” – Joyce Meyer

20. “Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.” – Norman Vincent Peale

21. “The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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22. “In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

23. “You’ve got to work hard for your success and you’ve got to have a steady presence. That’s the secret.” – Kid Rock

24. “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” – Ray Kroc

25. “Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful.” – Malcolm Forbes

26. “Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts.” – Roger Staubach

27. “The most important thing is being passionate about what you’re doing and always give it your all. That is the key to success.” – Charlie White

28. “Success for an athlete follows many years of hard work and dedication.” – Michael Diamond

29. “Success is 99 percent failure.” – Soichiro Honda

30. “Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe in yourself.” – William J. H. Boetcker

31. “”I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

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32. “You really have to work hard and apply yourself and by applying yourself and working hard and being diligent, you can achieve success.” – Julie Benz

33. “A person has to remember that the road to success is always under construction. You have to get that through your head. That it is not easy becoming successful.” – Steve Harvey

34. “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

35. “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

36. “Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.” – Sumner Redstone

37. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

38. “Whenever you have taken up work in hand, you must see it to the finish. That is the ultimate secret of success. Never, never, never give up!” – Dada Vaswani

39. “No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.” – Ramana Maharshi

40. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

41. “I’m in the studio 24 hours a day. It’s true that once you get a certain level of success, you become a target.” – Sean Combs

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42. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” – Joyce Brothers

43. “I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.” – Walter Cronkite

44. “Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

45. “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” – Confucius

46. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

47. “When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts.” – Bo Bennett

48. “They succeed, because they think they can.” – Virgil

49. “When I meet successful people I ask 100 questions as to what they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people.” – Kiana Tom

50. “Success is a journey, not a destination.” – Ben Sweetland

51. “Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success.” – Bo Bennett

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52. “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” – Arnold H. Glasow

53. “The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

54. “Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it you don’t have a chance.” – Alex Rodriguez

55. “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” – Earl Nightingale

56. “Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

57. “Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It’s what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. Try to find a career path that you have a passion for.” – Henry Samueli

58. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill

59. “Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you’re on the journey. But you’ve got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end.” – Usher

60. “You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.” – Michael Dell

61. “The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” – Kalpana Chawla

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62. “You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.” – Napoleon Hill

63. “I believe success is preparation, because opportunity is going to knock on your door sooner or later but are you prepared to answer that?” – Omar Epps

64. “Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits.” – Charles J. Givens

65. “Just like gold, which has to weather very high temperatures to achieve the sheen and shine it finally gets, so also every person has to go through struggles in his life to achieve success.” – Kailash Kher

66. “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

67. “There is a huge difference between failing and failure. Failing is trying something that you learn doesn’t work. Failure is throwing in the towel and giving up. True success comes from failing repeatedly and as quickly as possible, before your cash or your willpower runs out.” – Jay Samit

68. “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Tony Robbins

69. “In a lot of ways, success is much harder than I thought it would be. I figured that you’d get here and then everything would be happily ever after. But, it’s hard work, almost harder once you’re successful because you’ve got to maintain it.” – Steven Wright

70. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” – John Wooden

71. “The key to success is action, and the essential in action is perseverance.” – Sun Yat-sen

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72. “Before you can become a millionaire, you must learn to think like one. You must learn how to motivate yourself to counter fear with courage. Making critical decisions about your career, business, investments and other resources conjures up fear, fear that is part of the process of becoming a financial success.” – Thomas J. Stanley

73. “The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.” – Julius Erving

74. “The true success is the person who invented himself.” – Al Goldstein

75. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda

76. “There is no success without hardship.” – Sophocles

77. “Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you’re on the journey. But you’ve got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end.” – Usher

78. “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” – Henry Ford

79. “There is never just one thing that leads to success for anyone. I feel it always a combination of passion, dedication, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time.” – Lauren Conrad

80. “I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism.” – Sylvester Stallone

81. “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” – David Frost

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82. “Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” – C. S. Lewis

83. “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.” – Denis Waitley

84. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell

85. “If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.” – Joseph Addison

86. “The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.” – Wilma Mankiller

87. “The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success.” – Jack Canfield

88. “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn

89. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

90. “There is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.” – Heather Bresch

91. “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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92. “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

93. “The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” – Tommy Hilfiger

94. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s 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

95. “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” – George Bernard Shaw

96. “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” – Oscar Wilde

97. “Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.” – John Carmack

98. “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda

99. “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson100. “Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

101. “Your attitude will go a long way in determining your success, your recognition, your reputation and your enjoyment in being a lawyer.” – Joe Jamail

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102. “It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.” – Charlotte Whitton

103. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie

104. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

105. “The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.” – John C. Maxwell

106. “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” – Tony Robbins

107. “Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” – Shiv Khera

108. “Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.” – A. R. Rahman

109. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

110. “A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.” – Joyce Brothers

111. “Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” – Wayne Huizenga

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112. “Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.” – Dale Turner

113. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

114. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – George S. Patton

115. “If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom.” – Sydney Madwed

116. “People should decide what success means for them, and not be distracted by accepting others’ definitions of success.” – Tony Levin

117. “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser

118. “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – Bill Bradley

119. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” – Mark Twain

120. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” – Walter Scott

121. “He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much.” – Elbert Hubbard

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122. “Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream.” – Marlon Wayans

123. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates

124. “Success is not in never failing, but rising every time you fall!” – Jonathan Taylor Thomas

125. “At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.” – Erin Cummings

126. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

127. “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth

128. “I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.” – Queen Elizabeth II

129. “The real secret of success is enthusiasm.” – Walter Chrysler

130. “Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

131. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison

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132. “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller

133. “I’m always asked, ‘What’s the secret to success?’ But there are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.” – Dwayne Johnson

134. “A key to achieving success is to assemble a strong and stable management team.” – Vivek Wadhwa

135. “The most important thing for any athlete is to know his ability. If you know your ability and have even a little bit of a strong mindset, you can get success, because your ability takes you to success.” – Virender Sehwag

136. “Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.” – Scott Adams

137. “”Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

138. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine

139. “Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.” – Shah Rukh Khan

140. “Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.” – Eckhart Tolle

141. “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

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142. “My powers are ordinary. Only my application brings me success.” – Isaac Newton

143. “Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.” – Marilyn Monroe

144. “The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” – Tony Dungy

145. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

146. “The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” – Dale Carnegie

147. “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.” – Ross Perot

148. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe

149. “Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” – Morihei Ueshiba

150. “You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.” – Nicki Minaj

151. “We were all born with a certain degree of power. The key to success is discovering this innate power and using it daily to deal with whatever challenges come our way.” – Les Brown

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152. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller

153. “True leaders don’t invest in buildings. Jesus never built a building. They invest in people. Why? Because success without a successor is failure. So your legacy should not be in buildings, programs, or projects; your legacy must be in people.” – Myles Munroe

154. “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

155. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

156. “The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.” – Joshua Waitzkin

157. “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” – Ayn Rand

158. “One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli

159. “It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success.” – George Washington Carver

160. “Life is a series of punches. It presents a lot of challenges. It presents a lot of hardship, but the people that are able to take those punches and able to move forward are the ones that really do have a lot of success and have a lot of joy in their life and have a lot of stories to tell, too.” – Josh Turner

161. “”Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” – Jim Rohn

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162. “Rockefeller once explained the secret of success. ‘Get up early, work late – and strike oil.” – Joey Adams

163. “Everyone who achieves success in a great venture, solves each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves. And they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They keep going regardless of the obstacles they met.” – W. Clement Stone

164. “Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.” – Jon Bon Jovi

165. “I will form good habits and become their slave. And how will I accomplish this difficult feat? Through these scrolls it will be done, for each scroll contains a principle which will drive a bad habit from my life and replace it with one which will bring me closer to success.” – Og Mandino

166. “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” – Brian Tracy

167. “Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.” – Soichiro Honda

168. “Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.” – William J. H. Boetcker

169. “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” – John Ruskin

170. “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” – Andy Grove