„I am not successful and I probably never will be. I look around and I see successful people, and I see that they have something I don't—success. Perhaps they were born that way, or perhaps they figured something out that I can never seem to learn. I don't know. That's why I'm not successful.“

December 12
Quotes from Daily Negations (2007)

Last update May 22, 2020. History
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Poet, author, singer, lawyer 1960

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„When I look around, I always learn something: to be always yourself, and to express yourself, to have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.“

—  Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973

Radio interview with Ted Thomas (1972) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la_D3oF5H_A

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„I will be what I want. But I will have to want what I'll be. Success is in having success, not conditions for success.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, book The Book of Disquiet

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Original: Serei o que quiser. Mas tenho que querer o que for. O êxito está em ter êxito, e não em ter condições de êxito.

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„I cannot define failure because I don't believe in failure. There is no failure in my book. All I see is success, directed by the Spirit of God.“

—  T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963

In an interview about his biography - "Untold Story Of A Mystery Prophet TB Joshua" https://www.modernghana.com/news/210061/untold-story-of-a-mystery-prophet-tb-joshua.html Modern Ghana (April 6 2009)

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„I used to work in jobs I hated because I needed the money to buy a guitar. I know what it feels like to be depressed. On the other hand, I also know what it feels like to have money, to be successful, to be independent, but I can tell you that money and success never solve your problems.“

—  Chris Cornell American singer-songwriter, musician 1964 - 2017

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„I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.“

—  Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist 1937

Originally from Herbert Bayard Swope (1882-1958); often attributed to Cosby, he actually cites this as a sound advice he once read elsewhere, in "Dr. Bill Cosby" in Ebony, Vol. 32, No. 8 (June 1977), p. 136
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„I am a born builder. I grew up pretty fearless with an understanding that if you want something in life, you have to be creative in going about achieving it. You’re not always going to have an easy path to success, but if it’s important enough you’ll figure out a way to make it work.“

—  Jessica Alba American model, free-diver and businesswoman; TV and film actress 1981

On being driven even at an early age in “Jessica Alba on Being Brave, Dealing With Self-Doubt and Overcoming Major Breakdowns” https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/315948 in Entrepreneur (2018 Jun 29)

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„I hope I'm judged a success. I'm well-be dead, Matt, when they finally figure it out, and I'm comfortable knowing that I gave it my all, that I love America.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946

Interview with Matt Lauer http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/40073863#40074095 (2010), aired 8 November 2010.
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„Often, firms that were successful start to fail after a successful CEO departs, largely because they spent little time mentoring the successor in making successful decisions. … I think we are seeing this play out at Apple at the moment …“

—  Rob Enderle American financial analyst 1954

Why Turnarounds Fail: Trump Edition http://itbusinessedge.com/blogs/unfiltered-opinion/why-turnarounds-fail-trump-edition.html in IT Business Edge (2 February 2017)

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„I attribute my success to this — I never gave or took any excuse.“

—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910

As quoted in The Gigantic Book of Teachers' Wisdom (2007) by Frank McCourt and Erin Gruwell, p. 410

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„Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

As quoted in The Films of Barbra Streisand (2001) by Christopher Nickens and Karen Swenson
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„I don't anticipate success. We're not asked to be successful, we are only asked to be faithful.“

—  Martin Sheen American actor 1940

2000s, Progressive magazine interview (2003)
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„I am made, crudely, for success.“

—  Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963

1958-04-22
Source: The Collected Poems

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