Quotations About / On: SUCCESS

  • 51.
    Failures are easier to repeat than successes.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    The realism of failure, the romance of success.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    Human nature is the same everywhere; it deifies success, it has nothing but scorn for defeat.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Joan of Arc, bk. 1, ch. 8 (1896).)
  • 56.
    People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
    (Anne Sullivan (1866-1936), U.S. educator of the deaf and blind. letter, Oct. 30, 1887. Quoted in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life (1903). Of teaching Helen Keller.)
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  • 57.
    In Washington, success is just a training course for failure.
    (Simon Hoggart (b. 1946), British journalist. America: A User's Guide, ch. 1 (1990).)
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  • 58.
    Whilst all the world is in pursuit of power, culture corrects the theory of success.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860). Stanley Cavell has argued that Emerson is here referring to Kant's philosophical problem of succession. That is, how can we come to know a world that appears to be a mere surface succession of images that constantly flow by us and are ever changing. As Emerson says in the opening poem to "Culture": "And the world's flowing fates in/his own mould recast." The "mould" may refer to Kant's mental categories with which he argues we organize and order the world. Emerson's response to Kant is founded, in essence, on a pun on "success" and "succession" where worldly material success has also to do with the epistemological play of phenomena.)
  • 59.
    A man may be defeated by his own secondary successes.
    (Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters, vol. 1, p. 247.)
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  • 60.
    Yet we must try the harder, the less the prospect of success.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 286, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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