Quotations About / On:
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).)
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.)
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).)
Success is the result achieved when nobody answers.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1924). "Birth and Marriage," Alphabets and Birthdays, Yale University Press (1957).)
The only difference between a man and woman climbing the ladder of success is that a woman is expected to put it in the closet when she's finished with it.
(Barbara Dale (b. 1940), U.S. cartoonist, and Jim Dale. The Working Woman Book, ch. 10 (1985).)
Much of the success of life depends upon keeping one's mind open to opportunity and seizing it when it comes.
(Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928).)
Success makes men rigid and they tend to exalt stability over all the other virtues; tired of the effort of willing they become fanatics about conservatism.
(Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), U.S. journalist. A Preface to Politics, ch. 1 (1913).)
Moralists love to discourse on the hollowness of success; about the hollowness of failure they are silent.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
With a group of bankers I always had the feeling that success was measured by the extent one gave nothing away.
(Francis Aungier, Pakenham, 7th Earl Longford (b. 1905), British author, social reformer. Quoted in Anthony Sampson, Anatomy of Britain, ch. 23 (1965).)
Success to me is having ten honeydew melons, and eating only the top half of each one.
(Barbra Streisand (b. 1942), U.S. singer, actor. Life (New York, Sept. 20, 1963).)