Quotations About / On: SUCCESS

  • 41.
    If the current is right, one can drift to success.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 42.
    The wretchedness of failure is the great attraction of success.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 43.
    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.)
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  • 44.
    One man cannot practice many arts with success.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 374 A....)
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  • 45.
    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).)
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  • 46.
    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).)
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  • 47.
    Failure makes us envious. Success makes us greedy.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 48.
    When I prayed for success, I forgot to ask for sound sleep and good digestion.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 49.
    To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
    (Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "Conclusion," (1873). Referring to "the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy.")
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  • 50.
    Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline.
    (Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. Independent (London, April 4, 1991). The quote was recalled at Greene's death by critic Miriam Allot.)
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