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He that will not stoop for a pin will never be worth a pound.
      - Samuel Pepys, Diary (Jan. 3 1668),
        quoted as a proverb by Sir W. Coventry to Charles II

You can have it all, but you can't do it all.
      - attributed to Michelle Pfeiffer,
        in the London "Guardian"

The success of the wicked entices many more.
  [Lat., Successus improborum plures allicit.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (II, 3, 7)

The mind is hopeful; success is in God's hands.
  [Lat., Sperat quidem animus: quo eveniat, diis in manu est.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Bacchides
         (I, 2, 36)

It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma or the kind which human ingenuity may not, by proper application resolve.
      - Edgar Allan Poe, The Gold Bug

Say, shall my little bark attendant sail,
  Pursue the triumph, and partake the gale?
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. 4, l. 385)

The race by vigour, not by vaunts, is won.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
         (bk. II, l. 59)

It is best for man not to seek to climb too high, lest he fall.
  [Lat., In medio spatio mediocria firma locantur.]
      - Sir John Popham,
        free rendering of the Latin in sentencing Raleigh to death, quoting Nicholas Bacon

The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do.
      - Leontyne Price

I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.
      - Joan Rivers

Singing and dancing alone will not advance one in the world.
  [Fr., Qui bien chante et bien danse fait un metier qui peu avance.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau,
        The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau

Success causes us to be more praised than known.
      - Joseph Roux

"I confess," says a thoughtful writer, "that increasing years bring with them an increasing respect for men who do not succeed in life, as those words are commonly used." Ill success sometimes arises from a conscience too sensitive, a taste too fastidious, a self-forgetfulness too romantic, a modesty too retiring.
      - George Augustus Henry Sala

Success, in a generally accepted sense of the term, means the opportunity to experience and to realize to the maximum the forces that are within us.
      - David Sarnoff

He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit,
  He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Talisman (ch. XXVI),
        part of "Tales of the Crusaders"

Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
      - Walter Dill Scott

Success consecrates the foulest grimes.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Success makes some crimes honorable.
  [Lat., Honesta quaedam scelera successus facit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Hippolytus

Didst them never hear
  That things ill got had ever bad success?
      - William Shakespeare

With the losers let it sympathize; for nothing can seem foul to those that win.
      - William Shakespeare

Such a nature,
  Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow
    Which he treads on at noon.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Sicinius at I, i)

Ye gods, it doth amaze me
  A man of such a feeble temper should
    So get the start of the majestic world
      And bear the palm alone.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

But, Clifford, tell me, didst thou never hear,
  That things ill got had ever bad success?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at II, ii)

To climb steep hills
  Requires slow pace at first.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Norfolk at I, i)

A great devotee of the Gospel of Getting On.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Mrs. Warren's Profession (act IV)

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