217 Famous Success Quotes Everyone Needs

Everyone wants to be successful, but not everyone becomes successful at last. There are laid down principles and strategies for a long-lasting success. All one needs is to carefully apply them with a little patience and then you are on your way to becoming successful. People want to become successful in different fields of life and one of the fastest ways to be successful in your area of specialisation or in any area of interest is to learn from people who are already successful in that field. This will help you not to make the same mistakes they made and also learn what they did to get there. Here are some famous success quotes everyone needs.

Quotes About Success – Quotes On Success

1. “Poor people have big TV. Rich people have big library.” Jim Rohn

2. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill

3. “Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.” Vinnie Rege

4. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Zig Ziglar

5. “People are not lazy. They simply have important goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” Tony Robbins

6. “Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is.” Anita Roddick

7. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin

8. “Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.” Napoleon Hill

9. Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.” Mark Cuban

10. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” Colin R. Davis

11. “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” Jack Welch

12. “A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.” Henry Kravis

13. “Most new jobs won’t come from our biggest employers. They will come from our smallest. We’ve got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality.” Ross Perot

14. “My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.” Ted Turner

15. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates

16. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” Donald Trump

17. “A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business founded on friendship.” John D. Rockefeller

18. “I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” Russell Simmons

19. “I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.” Martha Stewart

20. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein

21. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou

22. “Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” Baltasa

23. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs

24. “The more you lose yourself to something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” Norman Vincent Peale

25. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” Jonathan Winters

26. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison

27. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon

28. “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.” Sam Walton

29. “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” Robert T. Kiyosaki

30. “Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.” Anonymous

31. “The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.” Socrates

32. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” John Wooden

33. “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.” Abraham Lincoln

34. ” If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn

35. “Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.” Anonymous

36. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar

37. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne

38. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown

39. “The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom.” Silvio Berlusconi

40. “The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.” Michael Gerber

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

42. “I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” Warren Buffet

43. “Going into business for yourself, becoming an entrepreneur, is the modern-day equivalent of pioneering on the old frontier.” Paula Nelson

44. “Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” Tony Robbins

45. “You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.” Ruth E. Renkl

46. “When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.” Anonymous

47. “Screw it, Let’s do it!” Richard Branson

48. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

49. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” Ralph Nader

50. “The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place.” Guy Kawasaki

Famous Quotes About Success

51. “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”- Audre Lorde

52. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”- Mark Twain

53. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

54. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”- Thomas A. Edison

55. “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know & start charging for it.”- Kim Garst

56. “Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.”- Roger Babson

57. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”- Mahatma Gandhi

58. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”- Mark Twain

59. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”- Vince Lombardi

60. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”- Dhirubhai Ambani

61. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”- Mark Caine

62. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”- Tony Robbins

63. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping-stones to success.”- Dale Carnegie

64. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”- Jim Rohn

65. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”- Ayn Rand

66. “If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it – teach yourself to be impatient.”- Gurbaksh Chahal

67. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”- Swami Vivekananda

68. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”- Robert Kiyosaki

69. “If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!”
– T. Harv Eker

70. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”- Steve Jobs

71. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”- David Brinkley

72. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”- Steve Jobs

73. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

74. “Success is about creating benefit for all and enjoying the process. If you focus on this & adopt this definition, success is yours.”- Kelly Kim

75.  “I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it.’”- Katherine Dunham

76. “Really it comes down to your philosophy. Do you want to play it safe and be good or do you want to take a chance and be great?”- Jimmy J

77. “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”- J. K Rowling

78. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”- Albert Einstein

79. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”- Harriet Tubman

80. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”- Bruce Lee

81. Most look up and admire the stars. A champion climbs a mountain and grabs one.- Unknown

82. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.- Tim Notke

83. To bring one’s self to a frame of mind and to the proper energy to accomplish things that require plain hard work continuously is the one big battle that everyone has. When this battle is won for all time, then everything is easy.- Thomas A. Buckner

84. Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work.- Booker T. Washington

85. Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we often might win,by fearing to attempt.- Shakespeare

86. Life’s failures are stepping-stones to success.
– Author Unknown

87. If you live your life afraid because you’re afraid to live, then you live no life at all.

88. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.- Hanna More

89. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare they are difficult.- Seneca

90. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.- Helen Keller

100. Things usually turn out better than you think.- Von R Atkinson

101. Attach yourself to your passion, but not to your pain. Adversity is your best friend on the path to success.- Author Unknown

102. Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.- Henry Ford

103. It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.- Vince Lombardi

104. Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning; but give me the man who has the pluck to fight when he’s sure oflosing.- George Eliot

105. Success is never final.Failure is never fatal.Courage is what counts.- Sir Winston Churchill

106. Success is a journey, not a destination.- Unknown

107. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.- Beverly Sills

108. Courage to start and willingness to keep everlasting at it are the requisites for success.- Alonzo Newton Benn

109. Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.- Dale Carnegie

110. Before success comes in any man’s life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures.When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.- Napoleon Hill

111. Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.- George E. Woodberry

112. Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

113. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.-Franklin D. Roosevelt

114. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.- Arthur C. Clarke

Inspirational Quotes About Success

115. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart

116. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth

117. Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone

118. We must balance conspicuous consumption with conscious capitalism. –Kevin Kruse

119. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon

120. We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale

121. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey

122. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso

123. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

124. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

125. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn

126. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt

127. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair

128. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato

129. Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress. –Maimonides

130. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe

131. You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown

132. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. –Marie Curie

133. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown

134. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine

135. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington

136. What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan

137. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin

138. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby

139. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

140. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

141. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach

142. It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot

143. You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey

144. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs

145. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi

146. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford

147. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

148. There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

149. Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. –Jesus

150. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

151. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau

152. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck

153. Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. –Booker T. Washington

154. Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

155. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

156. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

157. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost

158. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

159. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky

160. Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. –Kevin Kruse

161. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowline, sail far from safe harbor, catch the trade winds as you sail. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

162. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll

163. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

164. The mind is everything. What you think you become. –Buddha

165. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucius

166. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank

167. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu

168. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou

169. Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama

170. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. –Sheryl Sandberg

171. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb

172. An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates

173. Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen

174. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

175. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar

176. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin

177. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh

178. First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle

179. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb

180. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci

181. Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti

182. You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. –Erica Jong

183.  When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon

184. Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb

185. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed-door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. –Helen Keller

Business Success Quotes

186. Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. ~ William Durant

187. I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing. ~ Martha Stewart

188. Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. ~ David Rockefeller

189. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. ~ Maya Angelou

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190. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

191. I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success. ~ Gloria Vanderbilt

192. Life isn’t worth living unless you’re willing to take some big chances and go for broke. ~ Eliot Wiggington

193. Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. ~ Bernice Johnson Reagon

194. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. ~ Bruce Lee

195. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

196. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. ~ Jimmy Johnson

197. The essential question is not, “How busy are you?” but “What are you busy at?” ~ Oprah Winfrey

198. If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it – teach yourself to be impatient. ~ Gurbaksh Chahal

199. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. ~ Beverly Sills

200. We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within. ~ Earl Nightingale

201. Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out. ~ Robert Collier

202. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~ Thomas A. Edison

203. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. ~ Robert Kiyosaki

204. If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. ~ Ray Kroc

205. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~ Vidal Sassoon

206. The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. ~ Debbi Fields

207. Have a very good reason for everything you do. ~ Laurence Olivier

208. Capital isn’t scarce; vision is. ~ Sam Walton

209. If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it. ~ Kim Garst

210. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~ Helen Keller

211. People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

212. Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. ~ Frederick B Wilcox

213. Motivational Business Quotes Epreneur TV31. Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. ~Henry Ford

214. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. ~ Mark Twain

215. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. ~ Richard Branson

216. Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. ~ Henry J. Kaiser

217. Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time.Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. ~ Vince Lombardi

218. You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. ~ Zig Ziglar

219. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. ~ Henry Ford

210. Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~ Harriet Tubman

211. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. ~ Buddha

212. Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~ Henry Ford

213. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill

214. To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. ~ Tony Dorsett

215. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ~ John Wooden

216. You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance. ~ Lee Iacocca

217. If you are going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill

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