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SUCCESS
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If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
      - Joseph Addison

It is a great presumption to ascribe our successes to our own management, and not to esteem ourselves upon any blessing, rather as it is the bounty of heaven, than the acquisition of our own prudence.
      - Joseph Addison

'Tis not in mortals to command success,
  But we'll do more, Sempronius,--
    We'll deserve it.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act I, sc. 2)

Success! to thee, as to a God, men bend the knee.
      - Aeschylus

Eighty percent of success is showing up.
      - Woody Allen

Yet the success of plans and the advantage to be derived from them do not at all times agree, seeing the gods claim to themselves the right to decide as to the final result.
  [Lat., Tametsi prosperitas simul utilitasque consultorum non obique concordent, quoniam captorum eventus superae sibi vindicant potestates.]
      - Marcellinus Ammianus (Marellinus Ammian or Ammianus Marcellinus),
        Annales (XXV, 3)

From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation upon whom it is bestowed.
      - Francis Atterbury

Salvation is the only real success. Men are called successful who succeed in a section or two. What if three air-tight compartments keep dry, when the bulkheads break and the ship sinks? What if a man wins a boat race, a horse race, a lottery prize, and cannot speak grammatically, and does not know one good book nor one star nor tune nor flower from another, nor ever had a real friend? Is that success? Salvation is soundness. To have a splendid digestion, but a feeble mind; to have muscles standing out like whipcords, but lungs that are affected; to have perfect sight and hearing, but a weak heart, is this success? Is this soundness? Salvation is health, wholeness, holiness. It is to be right all round. I may miss perfect success in the world of business and in the world of health. I need not in the real world--the moral,--in the real life--the spiritual. God's holiness is expressed in His love. Therefore love is wholeness, and to love is to fulfil--to fill full--God's law, and be right all round. Learn then to love God and your brother and all things great and small. Life is our "chance of learning love." To make money, to win academic degrees, to lead political armies, and not to love up and down, right and left, is to have missed success. Men suspect it now. They will know it by and by.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding, and that which is lost by not trying.
      - Francis Bacon

We do not wish success yet we obtain it. Always we find what we are not looking for. These words are too true not to become a proverb some day.
      - Honore de Balzac

You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play.
      - Warren Beatty

Be commonplace and creeping, any you attain all things.
  [Fr., Mediocre et rampant, et l'on arrive a tout.]
      - Pierre Auguste Caron de Beaumarchais,
        Barbier de Seville (III, 7)

Not that which men do worthily, but that which they do successfully, is what history makes haste to record.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Success is full of promise till a man gets it; and then it is last year's nest from which the birds have flown.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Success surely comes with conscience in the long run, other things being equal. Capacity and fidelity are commercially profitable qualities.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

I've never sought success in order to get fame and money; it's the talent and the passion that count in success.
      - Ingrid Bergman

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
      - Ingrid Bergman

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. IX, v. 11)

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LXXV, v. 6)

What is known as success assumes nearly as many aliases as there are those who seek it.
      - Stephen Birmingham

Successful minds work like a gimlet,--to a single point.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

There are none so low but that they have their triumphs. Small successes suffice for small souls.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.
      - Sarah Ban Breathnach

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
      - David Brinkley


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