Quotations About / On:
One man cannot practice many arts with success.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Republic, 374 A....)
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).)
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).)
Failure makes us envious. Success makes us greedy.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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).)
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.")
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.)
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).)
Nothing recedes like success.
(Bryan Forbes (b. 1926), British author, actor, filmmaker. quoted in Observer (London Dec. 19, 1971).)
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.")