Success / Failure

Thoughtful quotes about success and failure.

Words of Wisdom

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"You may have a success in life, but then just think of it - what kind of life was it? What good was it- you've never done the thing you most wanted to do in all your life...go where your body and soul want to go. When you have the feeling, then stay with it, and don't let anyone throw you off." (Joseph Cambell)

"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness." (Seneca)

"I have studied in many schools, but the school in which I studied the longest and learned the most was the school of adversity." (Malcolm X)

"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire." (Reggie Leach)

"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)

"The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge of life, and then the promise of future accomplishments." (Gustave Flaubert)

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"There is only one success - to be able to live your life in your own way." (Christopher Morley)

"It's not whether you get knocked down. It's whether you get up again." (Vince Lombardi)

"There are defeats more triumphant than victories" (Michel de Montaigne)

"Those who succeed are the ones who look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." (George Bernard Shaw)

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." (Booker T. Washington)

"The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it." (Harry Fosdick)

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." (Thomas Edison)

"Success can only be measured in distance traveled." (Mavis Gallant)

"The price of greatness is responsibility." (Winston Churchill)

"Wise men make more opportunities than they find." (Francis Bacon)

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Staff, H. (2008, November 22). Success / Failure, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: July 18, 2014

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