Quotations About / On: SUCCESS

  • 51.
    The secret of success lies never in the amount of money, but in the relation of income to outgo.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Wealth," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 52.
    Success goes thus invariably with a certain plus or positive power: an ounce of power must balance an ounce of weight.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Power," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 53.
    'Tis not in mortals to command success,
    But we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.
    (Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. repr. In Works of Addison, ed. R. Hurd (1883). Portius, in Cato, act 1, sc. 2 (1713). "Curse on the stripling!" responds Sempronius, father of Portius, "... ambitiously sententious.")
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  • 54.
    I should consider it a greater success to interest one wise and earnest soul, than a million unwise and frivolous.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, February 10, 1856, to Calvin H. Greene, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 410, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 55.
    Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
    (Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Mrs. Napper, in The Hand of Ethelberta, ch. 9 (1876). Speaking of Ethelberta.)
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  • 56.
    Undoubtedly, in the most brilliant successes, the first rank is always sacrificed.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Paradise (To Be) Regained" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 285, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 57.
    Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. "A Left-Handed Commencement Address," Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989). Speech, 1983, to Mills College.)
  • 58.
    Your success story is a bigger story than whatever you're trying to say on stage.... Success makes life easier. It doesn't make living easier.
    (Bruce Springsteen (b. 1949), U.S. rock musician. Q (London, Aug. 1992).)
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  • 59.
    You may have enemies whom you hate, but not enemies whom you despise. You must take pride in your enemy: then your enemy's successes will be your successes as well.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 59, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "On War and Warriors," (1883).)
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  • 60.
    There is a vast difference between success at twenty-five and success at sixty. At sixty, nobody envies you. Instead, everybody rejoices generously, sincerely, in your good fortune.
    (Marie Dressler (1873-1934), U.S. actor. My Own Story, ch. 17 (1934).)
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