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A minute's success pays for the failure of years.
      - Robert Browning

That low man seeks a little thing to do,
  Sees it and does it;
    This high man, with a great thing to pursue,
      Dies ere he knows it.
        That low man goes on adding one to one,
          His hundreds soon hit:
            His high man, aiming at a million,
              Misses an unit.
      - Robert Browning, A Grammarian's Funeral

Better have failed in the high aim, as I,
  Than vulgarly in the low aim succeed
    As, God be thanked! I do not.
      - Robert Browning, The Inn Album (IV)

Julius Caesar owed two millions when he risked the experiment of being general in Gaul. If Julius Caesar had not lived to cross the Rubicon, and pay off his debts, what would his creditors have called Julius Caesar?
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

We tell our triumphs to the crowd, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The marketplace obliges men, whether they will or not, in pursuing their own selfish interests, to connect the general good with their own individual success.
      - Edmund Burke

We are the doubles of those whose way
  Was festal with fruits and flowers;
    Body and brain we were sound as they,
      But the prizes were not ours.
      - Richard Eugene Burton,
        Song of the Unsuccessful

We'll succeed unless we quit.
      - George Walker Bush

A successful career has been full of blunders.
      - Charles Buxton

Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows.
      - Charles Buxton

They never fail who die
  In a great cause.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Marino Faliero (act II, sc. 2)

Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most.
      - Al Capp

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most often makes for success.
      - Dale Carnegie

Success makes success, as money makes money.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
      - Coco Chanel

One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.
      - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Anton Pavlovich Tchehov)

These poor mistaken people think they shine, and they do indeed, but it is as putrefaction shines,--in the dark.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,

Now, by St. Paul, the work goes bravely on.
      - Colley Cibber, Richard III
         (act III, sc. 1)

The man who is always fortunate cannot easily have a great reverence for virtue.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

It is possible to indulge too great contempt for mere success, which is frequently attended with all the practical advantages of merit itself, and with several advantages that merit alone can never command.
      - William Benton Clulow

He that would relish success to a purpose should keep his passions cool, and his expectations low; and then it is possible that his fortune might exceed his fancy; for an advantage always rises by surprise; and is almost always doubled by being unlooked for.
      - Jeremy Collier

To judge by the event is an error all commit: for in every instance courage, if crowned with success, is heroism; if clouded by defeat, temerity. When Nelson fought his battle in the Sound, it was the result alone that decided whether he was to kiss a hand at court or a rod at a court-martial.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports us,--when we succeed, it betrays us.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success comes only later.
      - Confucius

Hast thou not learn'd what thou art often told,
  A truth still sacred, and believed of old,
    That no success attends on spears and swords
      Unblest, and that the battle is the Lord's?
      - William Cowper, Expostulation (l. 350)

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