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Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.
Had I succeeded well, I had been reckoned amongst the wise; our minds are so disposed to judge from the event.
Mankind worships success, but thinks too little of the means by which it is attained,--what days and nights of watching and weariness; how year after year has dragged on, and seen the end still far off: all that counts for little, if the long struggle do not close in victory.
- Henry Martyn Field
A strenuous soul hates cheap success.
- Henry Fielding
Success is a fruit of slow growth.
- Henry Fielding
Sweat Plus Sacrifice Equals Success.
- Charles O. Finley
Don't aim at success--the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the byproduct of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.
- Viktor Emil Frankl,
Man's Search for Meaning (preface)
In success be moderate.
- Benjamin Franklin
What is called a high standard of living consists, in considerable measure, in arrangements for avoiding muscular energy, for increasing sensual pleasure and enhancing caloric intake above any conceivable nutritional requirement.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
- "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
If you wish in this world to advance,
Your merits you're bound to enhance;
You must stir it and stump it,
And blow your own trumpet,
Or trust me, you haven't a chance.
- Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, Ruddigore
Who wanted to creep along in comfort when there was one chance in a thousand of flying?
- Gail Godwin
Successfully to accomplish any task it is necessary not only that you should give it the best there is in you, but that you should obtain for it the best there is in those under your guidance.
- George Washington Goethals,
in the "National Association of Corporation Schools Bulletin", Feb., 1918
The day is committed to error and floundering; success and achievement are matters of long range.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The deed is everything, the glory naught.
[Ger., Die That ist alles, nichts der Ruhm.]
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
(pt. II, act IV, sc. 1),
(Bayard Taylor's translation)
Yes, my love, who soever lives, loses, . . . but he also wins.
[Ger., Ja, meine Liebe, wer lebt, verliebt . . . aber er gewinnt auch.]
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Stella (I)
There is nothing so sure of succeeding as not to be over brilliant, as to be entirely wrapped up in one's self, and endowed with a perseverance which, in spite of all the rebuffs it may meet with, never relaxes in the pursuit of its object. It is incredible what may be done by dint of importunity alone; and where shall we find the man of real talents who knows how to be importunate enough!
- Baron Friedrich von Grimm, Friedrich Melchior
Success is little more than a chemical compound of man with moment.
- Philip Guedalla
Somebody said it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.
- Edgar Albert Guest, It Couldn't be Done
Experience has always shown, and reason also, that affairs which depend on many seldom succeed.
[It., Ha sempre dimostrato l'esperienza, e lo dimostra la ragione, che mai succedono bene le cose che dipendono da molti.]
- Franceso Guicciardini, Storia d'Italia
Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
- Thomas Hardy, Hand of Ethelberta (ch. IX)
There is a glare about worldly success which is very apt to dazzle men's eyes.
- Augustus William Hare
Who shall tax successful villany, or call the rising traitor to account?
- William Havard
The surest hindrance to success is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public. He who is determined not to be satisfied with anything short of perfection will never do anything at all either to please himself or others.
- William Hazlitt (1)
The world judge of men by their ability in their professions, and we judge of ourselves by the same test; for it is on that on which our success in life depends.
- William Hazlitt (1)
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