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He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.
      - Joseph Heller

The worst use that can be made of success is to boast of it.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

The way up and the way down are one and the same.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

The road up and the road down are one and the same.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus,
        Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker
         (fragment 60), by H. Diels and W. Krantz

Sink not in spirit; who aimeth at the sky
  Shoots higher much than he that means a tree.
      - George Herbert, The Church Porch

Had I miscarried, I had been a villain; for men judge actions always by events; but when we manage by a just foresight, success is prudence, and possession right.
      - Sir Thomas Higgons

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
      - Napoleon Hill

Success in highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which comes only to the man who has found the work he likes best.
      - Napoleon Hill

The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.
      - Napoleon Hill

Successful action tends to become an end in itself.
      - Eric Hoffer

Almost everywhere men have become the particular things which their particular work has made them.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

He has carried every point, who has mingled the useful with the agreeable.
  [Lat., Omne tulit punctum qui miscuit utile dulci.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (343)

What does it avail you, if of many thorns only one be removed?
  [Lat., Quid te exempta juvat spinis e pluribus una.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (II, 2, 212)

The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess Success.
      - William James, Letters of William James
         (vol. II, p. 260),
        in a letter to H.G. Wells,September 11, 1906

Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Success produces confidence, confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins that reputation which accuracy had raised.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Peace courts his hand, but spreads her charms in vain:
  "Think nothing gain'd," he cries, "till naught remain."
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        The Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 201)

If fortune wishes to make a man estimable, she gives him virtues; if she wishes to make him esteemed, she gives him success.
      - Joseph Joubert

Success serves men as a pedestal. It makes them seem greater when not measured by reflection.
      - Joseph Joubert

When the shore is won at last,
  Who will count the billow past?
      - John Keble,
        Christian Year--St. John the Evangelist's Day
         (st. 5)

Your success and happiness lie in you. . . . Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
      - Helen Adams Keller

Both as to high and low indifferently, men are prepossessed, charmed, fascinated by success; successful crimes are praised very much like virtue itself, and good fortune is not far from occupying the place of the whole cycle of virtues. It must be an atrocious act, a base and hateful deed, which success would not be able to justify.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

There are but two ways of rising in the world: either by one's own industry or profiting by the foolishness of others.
  [Fr., Il n'y a au monde que deux manieres de s'elever, ou par sa propre industrie, ou par l'imbecilite des autres.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (VI)

To win a race, the swiftness of a dart
  Availeth not without a timely start.
    [Fr., Rien ne sert de courir: il faut partir a point.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (VI, 10)

Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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