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There's only one real sin, and that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best.
      - Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

We can succeed only by concert. It is not "can any of us imagine better?" but, "can we all do better?"
      - Abraham Lincoln

Success demands singleness of purpose.
      - Vince Lombardi

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without a thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Be it jewel or toy,
  Not the prize gives the joy,
    But the striving to win the prize.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        The Boatman,
        under the name Pisistratus Caxton

It is easy to spread the sails to propitious winds, and to cultivate in different ways a rich soil. and to give lustre to gold and ivory, when the very raw material itself shines.
  [Lat., Facile est ventis dare vela secudis,
    Fecundumque solum varias agitare per artes,
      Auroque atque ebori decus addere, cum rudis ipsa
        Materies niteat.]
      - Manilius (Manlius or Mallius) (Marcus or Caius),
        Astronomica (3)

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.
      - Ammianus Marcellinus (Marcellinus Ammianus)

The African lions rush to attack bulls; they do not attack butterflies.
  [Lat., In tauros Libyci ruunt leones;
    Non sunt papilionibus molesti.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XII, 62, 5)

That which turns out well is better than any law.
      - Menander

The virtue lies
  In the struggle, not the prize.
      - Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton,
        The World to the Soul (9, 1)

He will succeed; for he believes all he says.
      - Marquis de Mirabeau, Victor de Riquetti

Nothing is impossible to the man that can will. Is that necessary? That shall be. This is the only law of success.
      - Marquis de Mirabeau, Victor de Riquetti

The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn't been asleep.
      - Wilson Mizner

I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise.
  [Fr., J'ai toujours vu que, pour reussir dans le monde, il fallait avoir l'air fou et etre sage.]
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat),
        Pensees Diverses

The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed.
  [Fr., Le succes de la plupart des choses depend de savoir combien il faut de temps pour reussir.]
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat),
        Pensees Diverses

How far high failure overleaps the bound
  Of low successes.
      - Sir Lewis Morris,
        Epic of Hades--Story of Marsyasy

Like tourists huffing and puffing to reach the peak we forget the view on the way up.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
      - Aristotle Onassis

If he did not succeed, he at least failed in a glorious undertaking.
  [Lat., Quem si non tenuit magnis tamen excidit ausis.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.
  [Lat., Aut non tentaris, aut perfice.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. I, 389)

The spirited horse, which will of itself strive to beat in the race, will run still more swiftly if encouraged.
  [Lat., Acer et ad palmae per se cursurus honores,
    Si tamen horteris fortius ibit equus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (II, 11, 21)

What succeeds we keep, and it becomes the habit of mankind.
      - Theodore Parker

Human success is a quotation from overhead.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
      - Walter Horatio Pater

A man can't be hid. He may be a pedler in the mountains, but the world will find him out to make him a king of finance. He may be carrying cabbages from Long Island, when the world will demand that he shall run the railways of a continent. He may be a groceryman on the canal, when the country shall come to him and put him in his career of usefulness. So that there comes a time finally when all the green barrels of petroleum in the land suggest but two names and one great company.
      - Dr. John Randolph Paxton,
        Sermon--He Could not be Hid,
        extract from the "Sun", Aug. 26, 1889

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