The Best Success Quotes and Sayings

These success quotes will hopefully give you some insight on what it takes to be successful. Being successful is something that many people would like to experience. Just look at how many books and products people buy that supposedly reveals the secrets of success. Most of us wants to be successful and live the life that we’ve always been dreaming of. Because of this, it’s sometimes easy to fall for the trap of thinking that there’s some mystic secret to it all.

As you will find in many of these quotes, there are no secrets. It just takes knowing what you want, focused action, and patience. You’ll have your ups and downs just like everyone else but as long as you keep moving forward while adjusting your strategies when necessary, you’ll eventually reach your goals.

I hope you find these quotes about success as valuable as I did. If you have any you’d like to share, you can do that at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!

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“It is during our failures that we discover our true desire for success.”

~ Kevin Ngo ~


“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.”

~ Johnny Carson ~


“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”

~ R. Colier ~


“It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.”

~ Zig Ziglar ~


“At least eighty percent of millionaires are self-made. That is, they started with nothing but ambition and energy, the same way most of us start.”

~ Brian Tracy ~


“When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word “succeed,” you find that it simply means to follow through.”

~ F. W. Nichol ~


“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.”

~ George E. Allen ~


“When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.”

~ Estee Lauder ~


“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment.”

~ Unknown ~


“People get what they want in life when they reach the point at which they can see themselves having what they seek.”

~ Thomas D. Willhite ~


“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”

~ Oprah Winfrey ~


“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”

~ Longfellow ~


“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

~ Eddie Robinson ~


“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

~ Franklin Roosevelt ~


“The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.”

~ Unknown ~


“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

~ Walt Disney ~


“The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world.”

~ Roger Williams ~


“Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. Remember this, too! Big ideas and big plans are often easier -certainly no more difficult – than small ideas and small plans.”

~ David J. Schwartz ~


“When you put a date on your dream, it becomes a goal. When you aim for the goal, it becomes a challenge. When you beat the challenge, the reward is success. To have success… you need a dream…”

~ Raja Akhtar ~


“There are two kinds of people in the world: those who make excuses and those who get results. An excuse person will find any excuse for why a job was not done, and a results person will find any reason why it can be done. Be a creator, not a reactor.”

~ Alan Cohen ~


“Think success and it will happen….Think failure and it will happen….”

~ Thomas D. Willhite ~


“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”

~ Arnold H. Glasow ~


“If you live just for today, to make today the most successful, happy day of your life, I am sure that you will have an extraordinary life. A successful life is nothing more than a series of successful days.”

~ Unknown ~


Whatever it is you want you can have, provided:

(1) You can state specifically what it is.
(2) You want it so badly that it becomes a consuming desire in your life.
(3) You have faith in your ability to achieve it.
(4) You are persistent in your efforts.
(5) You are willing to pay the price for success, whatever that price may be.

~ Thomas D. Willhite ~


“You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset.”

~ Tom Hopkins ~


“Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.”

~ Oprah Winfrey ~


“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself…”

~ Benjamin Franklin ~


“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”

~ Maureen Dowd ~


“The road to happiness lies in two simple principles; find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it – every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.”

~ John D. Rockefeller ~


“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

~ Mary Ann Radmacher ~


“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

~ R. Buckminster Fuller ~


“If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.”

~ Donald H. Rumsfeld ~


“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”

~ Sir Francis Bacon ~


“You’re on the road to success when you realize that failure is only a detour.”

~ Unknown ~


“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

~ Henry David Thoreau ~


“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.”

~ Joyce Brothers ~


“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

~ Winston Churchill ~


“Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.”

~ Dennis DeYoung ~


“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

~ Albert Schweitzer ~


“I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything.”

~ Abraham Lincoln ~


“It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.”

~ George Lorimer ~


“My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is within you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.”

~ Helen Hayes ~


“If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a-coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the road side until someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.”

~ John B. Gough ~


“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?'”

~ Brian Tracy ~


“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

~ Jim Rohn ~


“No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.”

~ Brian Tracy ~


“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.”

~ Henry Ford ~


“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

~ Henry Thoreau ~


“Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you’d better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day.”

~ Unknown ~


“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”

~ George Sheehan ~


“Ask yourself what you would do even if you were never paid. That’s a clue to what you should be doing and of course finding a way to be paid for it.”

~ Dr. Joe Vitale ~


“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

~ Dale Carnegie ~


“If you live just for today, to make today the most successful, happy day of your life, I am sure that you will have an extraordinary life. A successful life is nothing more than a series of successful days.”

~ Thomas D. Willhite ~


“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

~ Nora Roberts ~


“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”

~ Nolan Bushnell ~


“The money I have is in direct proportion to the value I’ve given to others. The more I give of myself, incredibly, the more economic power comes my way.”

~ Tod Barnhart ~


“Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.”

~ W. Clement Stone ~


“Every decision you make – every decision – is not a decision about what to do. It’s a decision about Who You Are. When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes. You begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do.”

~ Neale Donald Walsch ~


“Success doesn’t come to you… you go to it.”

~ Marva Collins ~


“Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now, you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality.”

~ Wayne Dyer ~


“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”

~ George Burns ~


“Once failure leads to change…change will then lead toward success.

~ Stefan Rudolph ~


“I believe the best leaders are the ones that are focused on bringing out the best in their people – transforming lives. When someone has that as their purpose, the profits just naturally follow.”

~ Susan Bagyura ~


“If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

~ Anna Quindlen ~


“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.”

~ Dennis Waitley ~


“Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.”

~ Earl Wilson ~


“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.”

~ Robert Strauss ~


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