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Success means different things to different people. There are different forms of success, for example gentle success. The success of Native Indian braves is not all like that. The successes of scholars and scientists are different too. So there are different walks and fields and talks of success.

In the business world there is much drivel about success, but successes are dependent on backup, financing or otherwise, good opportunities and the acceptance and trust that is had. Business people in different business and on different rungs of the ladder to the top for bosses, tell of different means to successes and of different forms of successes in a variety of ways too. A Canadian documentary has, further, shows results of trying to penetrate the mentalities of large, international corporations, and has found some of them psychopathic. Callous was not enough. Better be aware of that and not put your mental health at risk for shallow profit-making.

Besides, according to the fine psychologist Abraham Maslow, there are levels of successes too. Superficial successes in lots of tracks and walks of life can be good, but hardly great, as defined through Maslow's pyramid of needs. It is good for sorting fields, forms and levels of successes, and point to deeper (higher) successes than shallow ones.

Here are 81 quotations or sayings about successes "the American way" mostly. Sayings with no author name to them, if any, can be credited T. Kinnes.

Success Quotations

A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business founded on friendship. [John Rockefeller]

A person's work [may be] a portrait of himself. [Samuel Johnson]

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. [Lana Turner]

Achievement brings its own anticlimax. [Maya Angelou]

Action is the foundational key to all success. [Anthony Robbins]

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. [Oscar Wilde]

Be self-reliant . . . and . . . guaranteed. [Savio D'Silva]

Behind an able man there are always other able men. [Chinese Proverb]

But for [the fools] the rest of us could not succeed. [Mark Twain]

Confidence is the companion of success. [Anonymous]

Don't let the things that matter most be at the mercy of the things that matter least. [Dexter Yager]

Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing [to maintain] that state of mind known as a burning desire to win -- essential to success. [Napoleon Hill]

Finest fur may cover toughest meat. [Chief Joseph]

Get the job done and let them howl. [Nellie Mcclung]

He who has achieved success has worked well, laughed often and loved much. [Elbert Hubbard]

I believe that at every level of society familial, tribal, national and international the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. . . . Each of us [need] to develop our good human qualities. [Dalai Lama]

I felt ill at ease with all this air about me, lost before the confusion of innumerable prospects. [Samuel Beckett]

I never worked a day . . . It was all fun! [Thomas Edison]

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. [Wendy Northcutt] If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it. [W. C. Fields]

If we say a little it is easy to add, but having said too much it is hard to withdraw and never can it be done so quickly as to hinder the harm of our success. [Francis of Assisi]

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work. [Thomas J Watson]

In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure. [Malcolm X]

In man, the things which are not measurable are more important than those which are measurable. [Alexis Carrel]

It is after creation, in the elation of success . . . that love becomes essential. [Cyril Connolly]

It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control. [Edgar F Roberts]

It is harder for a poor man to be successful than it is for a rich man. [Gregory Nunn]

It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you. [Marilyn Monroe]

It's a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you [might] get it. [W. Somerset Maugham]

It's the men behind who make the man ahead. [Merle Crowell]

Less work with smart planning [can lead you to success]. [Savio D'Silva]

Management:An activity or art where those who have not yet succeeded and those who have proved unsuccessful are led by those who have not yet failed. [Paulson Frenckner]

May we gain the time needed to succeed. [Frank R Wallace]

Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more thinking than listening, talking or any other thing. [Savio D'Silva]

My toughest fight was with my first wife. [Muhammad Ali]

Never confuse movement with action. [Ernest Hemingway]

Not in time, place, or circumstances, but in the man lies success. [Charles B Rouss]

Nothing fails like success. [Alan W Watts]

Old . . . To make a success of it, you've got to start young. [Fred Astaire]

One that would have the fruit must climb the tree. [Thomas Fuller]

Our unconscious is like a vast subterranean factory with intricate machinery that is never idle, where work goes on day and night from the time we are born until the moment of our death. [Milton R. Sapirstein]

People who are really successful have enough time to write their own biography. [Savio D'Silva]

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity. [Andrew Carnegie]

Poor people have a big TV. Rich people have a big library. [Jim Rohn]

Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts . . . of success. [Swami Sivananda]

Rest is important . . . if you get tired while you climb . . . success. [Savio D'Silva]

Striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary. [Sarah Ban Breathnach]

Success as a result of industry is a peasant ideal. [Wallace Stevens]

Success consecrates the most offensive crimes. [Seneca]

Success for some people depends on becoming well- known, for others it depends on never being found out. [Ashleigh Brilliant]

Success has ruined many a man. [Benjamin Franklin]

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. [Dr Joyce Brothers]

Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius. [An Wang]

Success is not one of the names of God [Jehovah]. [Martin Buber]

Success is not the place one arrives, but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey. [Alex Noble]

Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. [Evan Esar]

Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation. [Unknown]

Success tempts many to their ruin. [Phaedrus ]

Success without honour . . . won't taste good. [Joe Paterno]

Successful people [ought not to] wage wars against innocent people. [Savio D'Silva]

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous. On the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people bitter and cruel. [Somerset Maugham]

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will. [Vince Lombardi]

The great recipe for success is to . . . always work. [Leon Gambetta]

The more you reason the less you create. [Raymond Chandler]

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. [Buddha]

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. [Earl of Beaconsfield]

The secret of success is this [Elbert Hubbard]

The secret of success is to realize that the crisis on our planet is much larger than just deciding what to do with your own life, and if the system under which we live the structure of western civilization begins to collapse . . ., then it will make no difference whether you have $1 million dollars when the crash comes or just $1.00. The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world. [Marianne Williamson]

The speed at which a business success is recognized, furthermore, is not that important as long as the company's intrinsic value is increasing at a satisfactory rate. In fact, delayed recognition can be an advantage: It may give us the chance to buy more of a good thing at a bargain price. [Warren Buffett]

The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do. [Roy L Smith]

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. [Lily Tomlin]

The way you think about a fact may defeat you . . . Have [a sound and happy] faith in your abilities. [Norman Vincent Peale]

There is shallow success and better forms, levels and fields of success. Maslow's pyramid of needs shows the way to many such successes. [TK] Those at the top of a pyramid did not just fall out of a plane to get there, hopefully. [TK] Those at the top of the mountain didn't just fall there. [Marcus Washling]

To have succeeded is to have finished one's business . . . like the male spider, which is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind. [George Bernard Shaw]

Visualize the rewards of success. [Dr. Rob Gilbert]

Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon [could] inevitably come to pass! [Paul J. Meyer]

When I am delivering my very best, then that is when I feel successful. [Art Fettig]

When you're going through hell, keep going. [Albert Einstein]

Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men: for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise. [Cato the Elder]

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. [Wolfe]


Success quotations, sound accomplishment quotes, prosperity citations, positive results, fortune quotes, Literature  

Canfield, Jack, and Peter Chee. Coaching for Breakthrough Success: Proven Techniques for Making Impossible Dreams Possible. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013.

FitzPatrick, Bill. How Americans Get Rich. E-book. Wellesley, MA: American Success Institute, nd?.

Foo, Mark. The 77 Traits of Highly Successful People: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Extraordinary Results. E-book. Np: TheBigDreamer, nd.

Jongeward, Dorothy, and Philip C. Seyer. Choosing Success: Transactional Analysis on the Job. New York: John Wiley, 1978.

Leonard, George. Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment. London: Penguin Plume, 1992.

Nash, Susan. Be a Successful Consultant: An Insider Guide to Setting up and Running a Consultancy Practice. Oxford: How To Books, 2003.

Ryback, David. Putting Emotional Intelligence to Work: Successful Leadership Is More Than IQ. Woburn, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998.

Taylor, Shirley, and Alison Lester. Communication: Your Key to Success London: Marshall Cavendish International / Times Publishing, 2009.

Yakymishen, Karen, ed. Make Millions and Make Change! Strategies for Success. A Practical Guide. Boston, MA: Mike Mann and, 2008-2009.

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