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Quotations About / On: SUCCESS

  • 61.
    If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
    (Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 17, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1955). A Childhood Recollection, Dichtung und Wahrheit (1917). Freud expressed the same idea on other occasions.)
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  • 62.
    The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That—with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word success—is our national disease.
    (William James (1843-1916), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. letter, Sept. 11, 1906, to H.G. Wells. The Letters of William James, vol. 2 (1920).)
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  • 63.
    ... the aspiring immigrant ... is not content to progress alone. Solitary success is imperfect success in his eyes. He must take his family with him as he rises.
    (Mary Antin (1881-1949), U.S. socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, ch. 19 (1912). A Jew born in Russia, Antin emigrated to America with her family when she was 15 and settled in a Boston slum.)
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  • 64.
    Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from Level with engine power alone speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 second inform Press home Christmas.
    (Orville Wright (1871-1948), U.S. pioneer aviator. Telegram, December 17, 1903, vol. 1, The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright (1953). The telegram was written to Milton Wright—Orville and Wilbur's father—announcing the first successful powered flight, made at Kitty Hawk Sands the same day. The flight time was in fact 59 seconds, not 57.)
  • 65.
    If you have a success, you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work.
    (Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Quoted in Morley Callaghan, That Summer in Paris, ch. 13 (1963).)
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  • 66.
    Whether a party can have much success without a woman present I must ask others to decide, but one thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.
    (Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536), Dutch humanist. Praise of Folly, ch. 18 (1509).)
  • 67.
    I talk with the authority of failure—Ernest with the authority of success. We could never sit across the same table again.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook L," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). Referring to his relationship with Ernest Hemingway.)
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  • 68.
    Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise ... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.
    (Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "The Clean Slate," pt. 1, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).)
  • 69.
    Socialists make the mistake of confusing individual worth with success. They believe you cannot allow people to succeed in case those who fail feel worthless.
    (Kenneth Baker (b. 1934), British Conservative politician. Quoted in Observer (London, July 13, 1986).)
  • 70.
    The boys think they can all be athletes, and the girls think they can all be singers. That's the way to fame and success. ...as a group blacks must give up their illusions.
    (Kristin Hunter (b. 1931), African American author. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 6, by Claudia Tate (1983).)
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