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Success covers a multitude of blunders.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one the second time.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Have I caught my heav'nly jewel.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
        Astrophel and Stella (song II)

Who shootes at the midday Sunne, though he be sure, he shall never hit the marke; yet as sure as his is, he shall shoot higher than who ayms but at a bush.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
        Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
         (p. 118 (ed. 1638))

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failure.
      - Samuel Smiles

The great high-road of human welfare lies along the old highway of steadfast well-doing; and they who are the most persistent, and work in the true spirit, will invariably be the most successful. Success treads on the heels of every right effort.
      - Samuel Smiles

The path of success in business is invariably the path of common-sense. Nothwithstanding all that is said about "lucky hits," the best kind of success in every man's life is not that which comes by accident. The only "good time coming" we are justified in hoping for is that which we are capable of making for ourselves.
      - Samuel Smiles

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
      - Sophocles

Give any one fortune, and he shall be thought a wise man.
      - Bishop Robert South

The earliest desire of succeeding is almost always a prognostic of success.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each one.
      - Barbra Streisand

People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
      - Anne Sullivan

And he gave it for his opinion, "that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together."
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Gulliver's Travels--Voyage to Brobdingnag
         (pt. II, ch. CII)

Every one excels in something in which another fails.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

It is a very hard undertaking to seek to please everybody.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Nothing succeeds so well as success.
      - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord

Life lives only in success.
      - Bayard Taylor

There may come a day
  Which crowns Desire with gift, and Art with truth,
    And Love with bliss, and Life with wiser youth!
      - Bayard Taylor, The Picture of St. John
         (bk. IV, st. 86)

Success is a great deodorant.
      - Elizabeth Taylor

Attain the unattainable.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Timbuctoo

One of the greatest of a great man's qualities is success; 't is the result of all the others; 't is a latent power in him which compels the favor of the gods, and subjugates fortune.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

You might have painted that picture,
  I might have written that song:
    Not ours, but another's the triumph,
      'Tis done and well done--so long!
      - Edith Matilda Thomas, Rank-and-File

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
      - Henry David Thoreau

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