Quotations About / On: SUCCESS

  • 71.
    Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Youth and Age," (1597-1625).)
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  • 72.
    The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 73.
    The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 74.
    A cheerful intelligent face is the end of culture, and success enough. For it indicates the purpose of Nature and wisdom attained.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
  • 75.
    If I die prematurely at any rate I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 138, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
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  • 76.
    All my energy and attention were devoted to trying to help her solve her problems. Unfortunately I didn't have much success.
    (Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Aug. 5, 1992).)
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  • 77.
    Knowing things halfway is a greater success than knowing things completely: it takes things to be simpler than they really are and so makes its opinions more easily understandable and persuasive.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 335, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 578, "Knowing Things Halfway," (1878).)
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  • 78.
    A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.
    (Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 16 (1954). Written in 1944. Glasgow, who became a widely recognized novelist only after decades of writing, was reflecting on the fact that her mother, whom she would have liked to aid financially, died before her first book was published.)
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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).)
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