Famous Quotes About Success

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Success…everyone wants it, but most of us really have no idea how to achieve it. In fact, do we even really know what “success” means?

Several stacks of cash piled high
Am I successful yet?? (Thomas Hawk/Flickr)

Is success about having money? Is it about finding love, or having great friends and family? Is it about having fun, or finding spiritual enlightenment? Is it about finding internal contentment, or just living in the moment? Is it all of the above?

Here are some famous quotes about success (and some not so famous ones as well) that may help you find some inspiration for your own path to success – whatever that may be.

Success Quotes

Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity.

Og Mandino

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.

Denis Waitley

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

Carl Bard

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.

Les Brown

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

Bob Dylan

Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.

Larry Winget

The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.

Joel Brown

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

Joshua J. Marine

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half-empty or half-full, all that matters is that you’re the one pouring.

Mark Cuban

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.

Farrah Gray

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

Steve Jobs

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

Bill Cosby

The best revenge is massive success.

Frank Sinatra

Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.


I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.

Albert Einstein

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

We don’t see things the way they are. We see them the way we are


My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

Oprah Winfrey

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it

Henry David Thoreau

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing

Helen Keller

No one is going to hand me success. I must go out & get it myself. That’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world, and myself.


I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.

Arthur Rubinstein

In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away

Shing Xiong

Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.


Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

John Wooden

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.

Marcel Pagnol

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao Tzu

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive

Howard Thurman

How you do one thing, is how you do everything. Be aware.


Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security

John Allen Paulos

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door

Milton Berle

When you can’t change the direction of the wind, just adjust your sails.

H. Jackson Brown Jr

First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.

Mahatma Gandhi

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people

Eleanor Roosevelt

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

All of our dreams can come true if we just have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

Alexander Graham Bell

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw

Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.

Tony Robbins

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.

Randy Pausch

What the mind can conceive, it can achieve.

Napoleon Hill

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.

Jack Canfield

In the end, it isn’t about changing the world, but rather, how many worlds you have changed.


To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

Oscar Wilde

Happiness always sneaks in a door you did not think was open.


It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.

Mother Teresa

The appearance of things change according to the emotions and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty really are in ourselves.

Kahlil Gibran

Happiness is a choice.


If you enjoyed these inspirational quotes about success, please feel free to share your thoughts & comments below. Don’t forget to include your favorite quotes on success as well.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie and his dog Oban. When not working on KIM, he enjoys traveling, poker, and anything related to crypto.