An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




We fall forward to succeed.

Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


I have had enough success for two lifetimes. My success is talent put together with hard work and luck.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947-, American basketball player)


Success has made failures of many men.

Cindy Adams (American newspaper columnist (NY Post))


There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.

George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think that we can!

George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Life is worth being lived, but not worth being discussed all the time.

Isabelle Adfani


Three outstanding qualities make for success: judgement, industry, health. And the greatest of these is judgement.

William Maxwell Aitken


Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.

Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.

Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


If at first you don't succeed; you are running about average.

M. H. Alderson (American soccer coach (Texas Lutheran University))


For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?

James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


A powerful combination to ensure success is having the vision of an eagle and the heart of a lion.

Robert G. Allen


Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


Some people want to achieve immortality through their work or their descendants. I intend to achieve immortality by not dying.

Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


Achievement: The death of an endeavor, and the birth of disgust.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


It's simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do.

John R. Amos (American actor, writer)


Success is the person who year after year reaches the highest limits in his field.

Sparky Anderson (1934-, American baseball manager)


You are wholly complete and your success in life will be in direct proportion to your ability to accept this truth about you.

Dr. Robert Anthony (American educator)


I have heard it said that the first ingredient of success -- the earliest spark in the dreaming youth -- is this; dream a great dream.

John A. Appleman (1912–1982, Poet)


The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society.

Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


You don't ask a juggler which ball is highest in priority. Success is to do it all.

John Armstrong


Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.

Arthur Ashe (1943-1993, African-American tennis player)


Success is a great healer.

Gertrude Atherton

Success, or failure, very often arrives on wings that seem mysterious to us.


Dr. Marcus Bach (1901-, American authority on the world's religions and inter-cultural relations)


Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success.


Jim Backus (1913-1989, American actor)


Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.


David Broder


You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


If at first you don't succeed, try to hide your astonishment.


Harry F. Banks


The most important thing about getting somewhere is starting right where we are.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


In putting off what one has to do, one runs the risk of never being able to do it.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


Life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed by the desire of changing his bed. One would prefer to suffer near the fire, and another is certain he would get well if he were by the window.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


Character is more important than intelligence for success.


Gilberte Beaux


Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.


Max Beerbohm (1872-1956, British actor)


The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider -- and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation -- persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.


Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922, Scottish-born American inventor of the telephone)


Great things are completed by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.


Warren G. Bennis (1925-, American psychologist, management educator, and consultant)


The toughest thing about being a success is that you've got to keep on being a success.


Irving Berlin (1888-1989, Russian composer)


Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.


Al Bernstein


The measure of a man's success must be according to his ability. The advancement he makes from the station in which he was born gives the degree of his success.


Walter Besant (1836-1901, British historian and novelist)


Success is the one unpardonable sin against one's fellows.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Too often the shortcut, the line of least resistance, is responsible for evanescent and unsatisfactory success.


Louis Binstock (American minister)


Very often we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness.


Louis Binstock (American minister)


When all is said and done, success without happiness is the worst kind of failure.


Louis Binstock (American minister)


If you have something to do that is worthwhile doing, don't talk about it... do it.


George W. Biount


Success doesn't mean the absence of failures; it means the attainment of ultimate objectives. It means winning the war, not every battle.


Edwin C. Bliss (American author)


Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted.


David Bly


No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and prepared to assume responsibilities.


William Boetcker


The difficulties and struggles of today are but the price we must pay for the accomplishments and victories of tomorrow.


William Boetcker


The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wish bone.


William Boetcker


A young person, to achieve, must first get out of his mind any notion either of the ease or rapidity of success. Nothing ever just happens in this world.


Edward William Bok (1863-1930, Dutch-born American editor)


Something must happen!


Heinrich Boll


Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.


Erma Bombeck (1927-, American author, humorist)

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If you start to take Vienna, take Vienna.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


To succeed, you need to take that gut feeling in what you believe and act on it with all of your heart.


Christy Borgeld


When I talked, no one listened to me. But as soon as I acted I became persuasive, and I no longer find anyone incredulous.


Giosue Borsi


No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward.


Amar Gopal Bose (1929-, Indian-born American engineer, founder of Bose Corporation)


The first and most important step toward success is the feeling that we can succeed.


Nelson Boswell


My definition of success is control.


Kenneth Branagh (1960-, British-born American actor, director, producer, stage director)


To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail.


Dorothea Brande (American success writer)


It isn't important to come out on top, what matters is to be the one who comes out alive.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


The three P's of success: Passion, Persistence, and Patience.


Doug Bronson


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


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


Few people are successful unless a lot of other people want them to be.


Charles Browder


Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years.


Bob Brown


A minute of success pays for years of failure.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


When a man's busy, leisure strikes him as a wonderful pleasure; and at leisure once is he? Straightway he wants to be busy.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent.


Barbara Bush (1925-, American First Lady, wife of George H. Bush)


We grow weary of those things (and perhaps soonest) which we most desire.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Life is essentially a series of events to be lived through rather than intellectual riddles to be played with and solved.


George A. Buttrick


Someone's always saying, "It's not whether you win or lose," but if you feel that way, you're as good as dead.


James Caan


As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


As a rule, he or she that has the most information will have the greatest success in life.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Why always, "not yet"? Do flowers in spring say, "not yet"?


Norman Douglas (1868-1952, British author)


It is not irritating to be where one is. It is only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else.


John Cage (1912-1992, American composer)


Success is important only to the extent that it puts one in a position to do more things one likes to do.


Sarah Caldwell (American conductor)


The secret of living is to find people who will pay you money to do what you would pay to do if you had the money.


Sarah Caldwell (American conductor)


To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports; when we succeed; it betrays us.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


When we fail our pride supports us and when we succeed, it betrays us.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Success isn't magic or hocus-pocus -- its simply learning how to focus.


Jack Canfield (American motivational speaker, author, trainer)

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It takes twenty years to become an overnight success.


Eddie Cantor (1892-1964, American comedian)


You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.


Chester F. Carlson


If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


The end of man is action.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


There is a passion for perfection which you rarely see fully developed; but you may note this fact, that in successful lives it is never wholly lacking.


Bliss Carman (1861-1929, Canadian poet)


The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


Faith that the thing can be done is essential to any great achievement.


Thomas Carruthers


I think of success as reaching beyond ourselves and helping other people in specific ways.


Ben Carson


My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day.


Johnny Carson (1925-, American TV personality, businessman)


It's not the cut of a man's coat, nor the manner of his dress. It's service that measures success.


George Washington Carver (1864-1943, American scientist)


There is no fate that plans men's lives. Whatever comes to us, good or bad, is usually the result of our own action or lack of action.


Herbert N. Casson (American author)


Success makes success, like money makes money.


Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


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