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





It doesn't matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.


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


Success never comes to look for you while you wait around. You've got to get up and work at making your dreams come true.


Poh Yu Khing


The secret of every man who has ever been successful lies in the fact that he formed the bait of doing those things that failures don't like to do.


Jackson A. King


If at first you don't succeed, take the tax loss.


Kirk Kirkpatrick (Canadian teacher, track athlete)


The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.


Henry Kissinger (1923-, American Secretary of State)


Success has always been easy to measure. It is the distance between one's origins and one's final achievement.


Michael Korda (1919-, American publisher)


This is true enough, but success is the next best thing to happiness, and if you can't be happy as a success, it's very unlikely that you would find a deeper, truer happiness in failure.


Michael Korda (1919-, American publisher)


To succeed, it is necessary to accept the world as it is and rise above it.


Michael Korda (1919-, American publisher)


Being frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters of life begin when you get what you want.


Irving Kristol


There is no business in the world so troublesome as the pursuit of fame: life is over before you have hardly begun your work.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion, you must set yourself on fire first.


Reggie Leach (1950-, Canadian hockey player)


Granting our wish is one of Fate's saddest jokes.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


We should scarcely desire things ardently if we were perfectly acquainted with what we desire.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The Lord gave us two ends -- one to sit on and the other to think with. Success depends on which one we use the most.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


The way to do is to be.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


There are a lot of fellas with all the ability it takes to play in the major leagues, but they never make it, they always get stuck in the minor leagues because they haven't got the guts to make the climb.


Cookie Lavagetto


It is abundantly clear that success tends to negate humility.


Landrum P. Leavell


Success didn't spoil me, I've always been insufferable.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


Success in life should be determined by contributions, not accumulations.


Arthur F. Leneban


In all climates, under all skies, man's happiness is always somewhere else.


Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837, Italian poet, scholar)


With the catching ends the pleasures of the chase.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Success makes men rigid and they tend to exalt stability over all the other virtues; tired of the effort of willing, they become fanatics about conservatism.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


The penalty of success is to be bored by the attentions of people who formerly snubbed you.


Malcolm. W. Little


Success comes from having dreams that are bigger than your fears.


Terry Litwiller


I am willing to go anywhere, anywhere, anywhere -- so long as it's forward.


David Livingston


If you can't accept losing, you can't win.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Act in the living present!


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Success is that old A B C; ability, breaks, and courage.


Charles Luckman


To have known the best, and to have known it for the best, is success in life.


John W. MacKay


The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Every germ of goodness will at last struggle into bloom and fruitage... true success follows every right step.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Opportunities? They are all around us... There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Success consists of doing the common things of life uncommonly well.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


Successful people are the ones who think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.


Peter Marshall (1902-1949, American Presbyterian clergyman)


None of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves up from our own bootstraps. We got here because somebody bent down and helped us.


Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993, American judge)


A first rate soup is better than a second rate painting.


Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970, American psychologist)


It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success.


John Mason


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.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


How many opportunities come along? If you wait for the right one, that's wrong, because it may never be right, and what have you got to lose? Even if it's a disaster, you've tried, you've learned something, you've had an adventure. And that doesn't mean you can't do it again.


Edward McCabe


Decide what is worthwhile and follow through with it. Real success is finding your life work in the work that you love.


Colleen McCullough


What isn't tried won't work.


Claude McDonald


Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people.


John McEnroe (1959-, American tennis player)


The ability to form friendships, to make people believe in you and trust you is one of the few absolutely fundamental qualities of success. Selling, buying, negotiating are so much smoother and easier when the parties enjoy each other's confidence. The young man who can make friends quickly will find that he will glide, instead of stumble, through life.


John J. McGuirk


Skill is fine, and genius is splendid, but the right contacts are more valuable than either.


Archibald Mclndoe


The only way to the top is by persistent, intelligent, hard work.


A.T. Mercier


Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That's dedication.


Cecil B. De Mille (1881-1959, American film producer and director)


Some aspects of success seem rather silly as death approaches.


Donald A. Miller


One of the reasons why so few of us ever act, instead of react, is because we are continually stifling our deepest impulses.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Boast not of what thou would'st have done, but do.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn't been asleep.


Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American author)


Men are alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they differ.


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Success generally depends upon knowing how long it takes to succeed.


Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French jurist, political philosopher)


If you achieve success, you will get applause, and if you get applause, you will hear it. My advice to you concerning applause is this; enjoy it but never quite believe it.


Robert Montgomery (1807-1855, American author)


Success is like a liberation, or the first phrase of a love story.


Jeanne Moreau (1928-, French actress and director)


It's time to let go when you no longer have "juice" for what has -- and may continue to have -- success. It isn't success if you don't love what you do.


Rebecca Morgan (American author, professional speaker)

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There is only one success -- to be able to spend your life in your own way.


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


I think that at some point in your life you realize you don't have to worry if you do everything you're supposed to do right. Or if not right, if you do it the best you can... what can worry do for you? You are already doing the best you can.


Joe Namath (1943-, American football player)


Success is like war and like charity in religion, it covers a multitude of sins.


Sir Charles Napier (1786-1860, British naval commander)


A human being has no discernible character until he acts.


Constantine Nash


Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.


G. K. Nielson


Success has always been a great liar.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


We can help others in the world more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


We can help others in the world more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


We must be the epitome -- the embodiment -- of success. We must radiate success before it will come to us. We must first become mentally, from an attitude standpoint, the people we wish to become.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


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


Alex Noble


Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.


Chuck Noll (1932-, American football coach)


It is harder for a poor man to be successful than it is for a rich man.


Gregory Nunn (1955-, American golfer)


If deeds are wanting, all words appear mere vanity and emptiness.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


Raising money takes dogged persistence, bullheadedness, salesmanship, year-round cultivation, board support and encouragement, a plan, an attainable goal, and lots of excitement.


Brian O'Connell


All great reforms require one to dare a lot to win a little.


William L. O'Neill


The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


If you're climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don't look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don't think you're progressing until you step back and see how high you've really gone.


Donny Osmond


The art of dealing with people is the foremost secret of successful men. A man's success in handling people is the very yardstick by which the outcome of his whole life's work is measured.


Paul C. Packe


If a man be self-controlled, truthful, wise, and resolute, is there aught that can stay out of reach of such a man?


The Panchatantra


To burn always with this hard gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.


Walter Pater (1839-1894, British essayist, critic)


The minute you think you've got it made, disaster is just around the corner.


Joe Paterno (1926-, American football coach)


Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by a dint of hard work.


Anna Pavlova (1881-1931, Russian ballerina)


Think success, visualize success, and you will set in motion the power force of the realizable wish.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it's more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Success is determined by those who prove the impossible to be possible.


James W. Pence


One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.


Jack Penn


Success is measured not by what you get but rather by what you give.


Mitzi Perdue


Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.


Wilfred A. Peterson


Success tempts many to their ruin.


Phaedrus (c.1-?, Macedonian inventor and writer)


The test of any man lies in action.


Pindar (BC 518?-18438, Greek poet)


If you want to do something, do it!


Titus Maccius Plautus (BC 254-184, Roman comic poet)


Success breeds conservatism, and that means a love affair with the status quo and an aversion to change.


Frank Popoff (American businessman, CEO of Dow Chemical)


The successful man is prosperous, because he has developed ninety-five percent of his ability. The failure is poor, because only five percent of his natural talents have been utilized.


Charles E. Popplestone


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