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Quotations About / On: SUCCESS

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight.
    (Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright. Julian, in Toys in the Attic, act 1 (1959).)
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  • 45.
    The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.
    (Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, rev. 1951).)
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  • 46.
    Nothing is as seductive as the assurance of success.
    (Gertrude Himmelfarb (b. 1922), U.S. author. On Looking into the Abyss, ch. 3 (1994). From a paper delivered in 1990 at the American Enterprise Institute: "From Marx to Hegel.")
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  • 47.
    As every cockroach knows, thriving on poisons is the secret of success.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 48.
    The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. the Rector, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 58 (1876).)
  • 49.
    He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.
    (Joseph Heller (b. 1923), U.S. novelist. Catch-22, ch. 3 (1961). Referring to Colonel Cargill.)
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  • 50.
    I would enjoy experiencing the hollowness of success at first- hand.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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