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





He that would have fruit must climb the tree.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


The great recipe for success is to work, and always work.


Leon Gambetta (1838-1882, French republican statesman, Prime Minister)


Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.


Greer Garson


Abasement, degradation is simply the manner of life of the man who has refused to be what it is his duty to be.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.


Bill Gates (1955-, American computer genius, businessman, co-founder of Microsoft)


If you get up early, work late, and pay your taxes, you will get ahead if you strike oil.


J. Paul Getty (1892-1976, American oil tycoon, arts patron)


No great thing comes to any man unless he has courage.


Cardinal J. Gibbons


Success is just a matter of attitude.


Darcy E. Gibbons


Don't expect mangoes when you plant papayas.


Mimfa A. Gibson


To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world, we must do something.


Charlotte P. Gillman (1860-1935, American feminist and writer)


The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time.


Joe Girard (1929-, American sales trainer, author, lecturer)


If you miss the first buttonhole, you will not succeed in buttoning up your coat.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm; in the real world, all rests on perseverance.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


On the pinnacle of success man does not stand firm long.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


We are never further from our wishes than when we imagine that we possess what we have desired.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


From success you get a lot of things, but not that great inside thing that love brings you.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


I have got two reasons for success and I'm standing on both of them.


Betty Grable


When you are making a success of something, it's not work. It's a way of life. You enjoy yourself because you are making your contribution to the world.


Andrew Granatelli


I was successful because you believed in me.


Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885, American President (18th))


Successful people are successful because they form the habits of doing those things that failures don't like to do.


Albert Gray


Self-image determines self-esteem, self-esteem determines priorities, and priorities determine success. Improve the world by doing those things that legitimately boost your self-image and that of others.


Clarence E. Hodges


Success lies in doing not what others consider to be great but what you consider to be right.


John Gray (American relationship expert, author)


Success has killed more men than bullets.


Texas Guinan


The way to succeed is never quit. That's it. But really be humble about it.... You start out lowly and humble and you carefully try to learn an accretion of little things that help you get there.


Alex Hailey


We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment. But environment is the easier of the two to improve.


John B. S. Haldane (1892-1964, British scientist, author)


Actually, I'm an overnight success. But it took twenty years.


Monty Hall


I've been polite and I've always shown up. Somebody asked me if I had any advice for young people entering the business. I said: "Yeah, show up."


Tom T. Hall


The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.


Frank Hamilton


Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success.


John Hays Hammond


You never become a howling success by just howling.


Bob Harrington (American minister of "Chaplain Of Bourbon Street")


The real superstar is a man or a woman raising six kids on $150 a week.


Spencer Haywood


Success doesn't necessarily make you a happy person ... but without the confidence and security that comes from being totally happy, I believe you cannot achieve your true potential and ultimate success.


Jinger Heath


Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure.


Joseph Heller (1923-, American author)


All outward success, when it has value, is but the inevitable result of an inward success of full living, full play and enjoyment of one's faculties.


Robert Henri (1865-1929, American realist painter)


It is the end that crowns us, not the fight.


Robert Herrick (1591-1674, British poet)


If a guy has a really good success pattern, I'll go along with him if he says he can go to the moon on Scotch tape.


Raymond Herzog (American businessman, CEO of 3M Company)


Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win -- essential to success.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Some people are successful as long as someone else stands back of them and encourages them, and some are successful in spite of Hell! Take your choice.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Keys to success: Research your plan for success, expect success, and just do it.


John S. Hinds


Success is the prize for those who stand true to their ideas.


John S. Hinds


Subdue fate by exerting human strength to the maximum; and if, when the effort has been made and success is not achieved, no one else can be blamed.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


I'm always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I've been.


Billie Holiday (1915-1959, American jazz singer)


Let this be understood, then, at starting; that the patient conquest of difficulties which rise in the regular and legitimate channels of business and enterprise is not only essential in securing the success which you seek but it is essential to that preparation of your mind, requisite for the enjoyment of your successes, and for retaining them when gained. So, day by day, and week by week; so month after month, and year after year, work on, and in that process gain strength and symmetry, and nerve and knowledge, that when success, patiently and bravely worked for, shall come, it may find you prepared to receive it and keep it,


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


To give your best is to receive the best.


Raymond Holliwell


Share the passion and action of your time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.


Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935, American judge)


Many people dream of success. To me success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection.


Soichiro Honda (1906-1991, Japanese industrialist, founder of Honda Motor Corporation)


Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision.


Harry A. Hopf


In Rome you long for the country. In the country you praise to the skies the distant town.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Success is measured in terms of reaching your goals, dreams, and expectations. Your success is determined by hard work, persistence, and determination. If you are going to be a success in life it's all up to you... it's your responsibility.


Will Horton


We claim that any man who is honest, fair, tolerant, kind, charitable, and well-behaved is a success. No matter what his station in life.


Jay House


Anything that interferes with individual progress ultimately will retard group progress.


George Houston


Every successful man I have heard of has done the best he could with conditions as he found them...


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


When I am idle and shiftless, my affairs become confused; when I work, I get results... not great results, but enough to encourage me.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


He who has achieved success has worked well, laughed often, and loved much.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Some men succeed by what they know; some by what they do; and a few by what they are.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


The pathway to success is in serving humanity. By no other means is it possible, and this truth is so plain and patent that even very simple folk recognize it.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


The secret of success is this: there is no secret of success.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


Everything bows to success, even grammar.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


If a man wakes up famous he hasn't been sleeping.


Wes Izzard


The way to rise is to obey and please.


Ben Johnson (1572-1637, British clergyman, poet, painter)


There are no speed limits on the road to success.


David W. Johnson


I'd rather be a lamppost in Chicago than a millionaire in any other city.


William A. Hulbert


How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.


Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835, German statesman, philologist)


To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.


Bunker Hunt


Act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done by hesitation.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


The most considerable difference I note among men is not in their readiness to fall into error, but in their readiness to acknowledge these inevitable lapses.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


Who waits until the wind shall silent keep Will never find the ready hour to sow.


Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885, American writer)


Who waits until the wind shall silent keep Will never find the ready hour to sow.


Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885, American writer)


I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.


Reggie Jackson (1946-, American baseball player)


Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us; our hour of triumph is what brings the void.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The emotions are not always subject to reason... but they are always subject to action. When thoughts do not neutralize an undesirable emotion, action will.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess Success is our national disease.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


With mere good intentions hell is proverbially paved.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


There is nothing to be gained by waiting for a better situation. You see where you are and you do what you can with that.


Jacob K. Javits


Success is not measured by heights attained but by obstacles overcome. We're going to pass through many obstacles in our lives: good days, bad days. But the successful person will overcome those obstacles and constantly move forward.


Bruce Jenner (1949-, American track athlete, author, speaker)


The key to my success has been to give up everything for my dream.


John H. Johnson (1918-, American businessman, founder of Johnson Publishing)


Strategy is a style of thinking, a conscious and deliberate process, an intensive implementation system, the science of insuring future success.


Pete Johnson


It is common to overlook what is near by keeping the eye fixed on something remote.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Our desires always increase with our possessions. The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves -- to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.


Stewart B. Johnson


Many people who wonder why they don't amount to more than they do have good stuff in them, and are energetic, persevering, and have ample opportunities. It is all a case of trimming the useless branches and throwing the whole force of power into the development of something that counts.


Walter J. Johnston


Your capacity to say No determines your capacity to say Yes to greater things.


Stanley Jones


Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity.  Successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.


Dupree Jordan


I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that's precisely why I succeed.


Michael Jordan (1963-, American basketball player, actor)


Success and suffering are vitally and organically linked. If you succeed without suffering, it is because someone suffered for you; if you suffer without succeeding, it is in order that someone else may succeed after you.


Edward Judson


Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition -- in having put forth the best within you


Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967, American industrialist)


It is tragic that Howard Hughes had to die to prove that he was alive.


Walter Kane


Success is a matter of viewpoint. The pessimist sees the bottle as half empty. The optimist sees it as half full.


Joe Karbo (1925-1980, American businessman, author)


Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


In the marathon of life, success calls for dedication to the goal, perseverance, compassion for my fellow man, and faith in God.


John A. Kelley


It is more important to be of service than successful.


Robert Kennedy Jr.


Failure has no friends.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


If I have had any success, it's due to luck, but I notice the harder I work, the luckier I get.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


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