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





Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.


Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French couturier)


The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity.


Victor Charles


One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.


Anton Chekhov (1860-1904, Russian playwright, short story writer)


If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.


Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972, French singer, actor)


Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Success is to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Behind every successful man you'll find a woman who has nothing to wear.


Harold Coffin


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


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


The secret of success in life is known only to those who have not succeeded.


John Churton Collins


Success doesn't come to you… you go to it.


Marva Collins (1936- African-American educator)


Success seems to be that which forms the distinction between confidence and conceit.


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


No matter what you do, do it to your utmost. I always attribute my success to always requiring myself to do my level best, if only in driving a tack in straight.


Russel H. Conwell (1843-1925, American lawyer, Baptist minister, lecturer)


Ambition, having reached the summit, longs to descend.


Pierre Corneille (1606-1684, French dramatist)


I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.


Bill Cosby (1937-, American actor, comedian, producer)


Every philanthropic endeavor needs enough failures to keep it humble and enough victories to keep it succeeding.


Solon B. Cousins


As a principle-centered person you try to stand apart from the emotion of the situation and from other factors that would act on you, and evaluate the options. Looking at the balanced whole -- the work needs, the family needs, the other needs that may be involved, and the possible implications of the various alternatives -- you'll try to come up with the best solution taking all factors into consideration. We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


Will you be satisfied with the fruit of your life's work? Will the efforts you are making now bring you satisfaction when the things of time are receding, and eternity looms ahead?


Raymond L. Cox


No matter how much a man can do, no matter how engaging his personality may be, he will not advance far in business if he cannot work through others.


John Craig


I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.


Walter Cronkite (1916-, American broadcast journalist)


Success is not permanent, neither is failure.


Dell Crossword


It's the men behind who "make" the man ahead.


Merle Crowell


You can't have any successes unless you can accept failure.


George Cukor


Optimism, unaccompanied by personal effort, is merely a state of mind, and not fruitful.


Edward L. Curtis


The only things you regret are the things you didn't do.


Michael Curtiz


He is a poor disciple who does not excel his master.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


Success is not something I've wrapped my brain around. If people go to those movies, then yes, that's true, big-time success. If not, it's much ado about nothing. [On the prospects for his 1997 movies The Rainmaker and Good Will Hunting]


Matt Damon (1959-, American actor, screenwriter)


A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.


David Brinkley


Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.


Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990, American actor, dancer, singer)


The road to success runs uphill.


Willie Davis (1940-, American football player)


To succeed means that you may have to step out of line and march to the sound of your own drummer.


Keith Degreen (1899-1974, American author)


Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


I do not like to repeat successes. I like to go on to other things.


Walt Disney (1901-1966, American artist, film producer)


Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful.


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


Success is the child of audacity.


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


The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.


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


If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much.


Charles Lutwidge Dodgson


Material possessions will rust away, wear away, or depreciate, but your inner resources, character, must never depreciate. In seeking success you must also seek fulfillment. Ask yourself not only what you want to be, but who you want to be.


Elizabeth Dole


To succeed…you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.


Tony Dorsett (1954-, American football player)


When a man has done his best, has given his all, and in the process supplied the needs of his family and his society, that man has made a habit of succeeding.


Mack R. Douglas


The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.


John Foster Dulles (1888-1959, American republican secretary of state)


Be awfully nice to them going up, because you're gonna meet them all coming down.


Jimmy Durante (1893-1980, American comedian)


Success is not something you get out of what you do.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

Author's website:


Success... it's what you do with what you've got.


Leroy Van Dyke


A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.


Bob Dylan (1941-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


Successful people do the icky stuff!


Kyle Eastham (American speaker who helps people not  to be average, author)

Author's website:


The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards; they will be dissipated, lost and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence.


Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849, British writer)


One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But speaking for myself, I can honestly say this is not so... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


A successful man is he who receives a great deal from his fellow men, usually incomparably more than corresponds to his service to them. The value of a man, however, should be seen in what he gives, and not in what he is able to receive.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Vacillating people seldom succeed. They seldom win the solid respect of their fellows. Successful men and women are very careful in reaching decisions, and very persistent and determined in action thereafter.


L.G. Elliott


If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


A strenuous soul hates cheap success.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Men run away to other countries because they are not good in their own, and run back to their own because they pass for nothing in the new places.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort.


Charles J. Givens (1941-, American businessman, author, trainer)


Success with money, family, relationships, health, and careers is the ability to reach your personal objectives in the shortest time, with the least effort and with the fewest mistakes. The goals you set for yourself and the strategies you choose become your blueprint or plan. Strategies are like recipes: choose the right ingredients, mix them in the correct proportions, and you will always produce the same predictable results: in this case financial success. The success strategies for managing money and building wealth are called Money Strategies. By learning to use money strategies as a part of your day-to-day life, financial frustration and failure will become a thing of the past.


Charles J. Givens (1941-, American businessman, author, trainer)


Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.


Hamilton Holt


Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There is no way to success in art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived -- this is to have succeeded.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We are very near to greatness: one step and we are safe; can we not take the leap?


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it.


Sam Ewing


What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.


Benjamin F. Fairless


To have realized your dream makes you feel lost.


Oriana Fallaci


You wear yourself out in the pursuit of wealth or love or freedom, you do everything to gain some right, and once it's gained you take no pleasure in it.


Oriana Fallaci


In helping others to succeed we insure our own success.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


Indifference and inaction must always pay a penalty.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


Success in business hinges mostly on the ability to get the important things done.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


When I am delivering my very best, then that is when I feel successful.


Art Fettig


When I am delivering my very best, then that is when I feel successful.


Art Fettig


There are opportunities everywhere, just as there have always been...


Charles Fillmore (American co-founder of Unity School of Christianity)


Success is the sum of details.


Harvey S. Firestone (1868-1938, American industrialist)


There is no point at which you can say, "Well I am successful now, I might as well relax".


Carrie Fisher (1956-, American actress, novelist)


The real winners are not those at the top but those who have come the farthest over the toughest roads. Your victory may never make the headlines. But you will know about it, and that's what counts.


Ernest A. Fitzgerald (American minister)


Whenever I hear it can't be done, I know I am close to success.


Michael Flatley


Success as I see it is a result, not a goal.


Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880, French novelist)


I have found it is much easier to make a success in life than to make a success of one's life.


G. W. Follin


He who is ambitious to succeed must learn how he can best serve, how he can fit himself to earn high rewards, how, in short he can make himself useful beyond the ordinary.


B.C. Forbes


May we never be tempted to forget that there can be no real success apart from service, that success is but service visualized.


B.C. Forbes


The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.


B.C. Forbes


The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.


B.C. Forbes


How to succeed: try hard enough. How to fail: try too hard


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


If you've had a good time playing the game, you're a winner even if you lose.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting ones' talents and gifts to the benefits of others -- these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away.


Gerald R. Ford (1913-, American President (38th))


To me, success is not something to be measured in power or fortune or fame. I believe a life of service to others is a successful life.


Gerald R. Ford (1913-, American President (38th))


All I would tell people is to hold on to what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You've got to find it on your own terms.


Harrison Ford (1942-, American actor)


I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn't give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.


Harrison Ford (1942-, American actor)


Success is a matter of adjusting one's efforts to obstacles and one's abilities to a service needed by others. Most people think of it in terms of getting; success, however, begins in terms of giving.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


The prospect of success in achieving our most cherished dream is not without its terrors. Who is more deprived and alone than the man who has achieved his dream?


Brendan Francis


Applause waits on success.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Success has ruined many a man.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Would you live with ease, do what you should, and not what you please. Success has ruined many a man.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Success based on anything but internal fulfillment is bound to be empty.


Dr. Martha Friedman


It's not that I'm not grateful for all this attention. It's just that fame and fortune ought to add up to more than fame and fortune.


Robert Fulghum (1937-, American writer, minister, working cowboy)


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