Quotations About / On:
Much of the success of life depends upon keeping one's mind open to opportunity and seizing it when it comes.
(Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928).)
The wretchedness of failure is the great attraction of success.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
Personality is the most important thing to an actress's success.
(Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. actor. Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, ch. 1 (1959).
West was a flamboyant stage and screen actor known for her witty, audacious portrayals of sexually experienced women.)
To be ready to fail is to be prepared for success.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 58, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
With a group of bankers I always had the feeling that success was measured by the extent one gave nothing away.
(Francis Aungier, Pakenham, 7th Earl Longford (b. 1905), British author, social reformer. Quoted in Anthony Sampson, Anatomy of Britain, ch. 23 (1965).)
Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 82, Conard (1915).)
Success to me is having ten honeydew melons, and eating only the top half of each one.
(Barbra Streisand (b. 1942), U.S. singer, actor. Life (New York, Sept. 20, 1963).)
A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.
(F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter (undated) to his daughter, Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).)
Failure makes us envious. Success makes us greedy.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
People are beginning to see that the first requisite to success in life is to be a good animal.
(Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Education, ch. 2 (1861).)