Quotations About / On: SUCCESS

  • 61.
    A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter (undated) to his daughter, Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).)
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  • 62.
    Failure makes us envious. Success makes us greedy.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 63.
    People are beginning to see that the first requisite to success in life is to be a good animal.
    (Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Education, ch. 2 (1861).)
  • 64.
    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).)
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  • 65.
    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.")
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  • 66.
    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.)
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  • 67.
    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).)
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  • 68.
    The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.
    (Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, rev. 1951).)
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  • 69.
    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.")
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  • 70.
    As every cockroach knows, thriving on poisons is the secret of success.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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