Success Quotes
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A collection of quotes on the topic of for myself, motivational, business, success.

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„the purpose of life is the life of purpose“

—  Robin S. Sharma, book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Source: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

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„A room without books is like a body without a soul.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 BC

Attributed to Cicero in J. M. Braude's Speaker's Desk Book of Quips, Quotes, & Anecdotes (Jaico Pub. House, 1966), p. 52.
Dennis McHenry in a 2011 post at theCAMPVS.com http://thecampvs.com/2011/08/03/cicero-on-books-and-the-soul/ identified a source for the exact form of words in the essay "On the Pleasure of Reading" http://books.google.com/books?id=0YfQAAAAMAAJ&dq=cicero%20%22room%20without%20books%22%20%2B%22contemporary%20review%22&pg=PA240#v=onepage&q&f=false by Sir John Lubbock, published in The Contemporary Review, vol. 49 (1886) https://archive.org/details/contemporaryrev55unkngoog, pp. 240–51 https://archive.org/stream/contemporaryrev55unkngoog#page/n250/mode/2up, in which Lubbock wrote that "Cicero described a room without books as a body without a soul" (p. 241). The same sentence may also be found on p. 61 https://archive.org/stream/thepleasuresofli01lubbuoft#page/60/mode/2up of Lubbock's collection The Pleasures of Life. Part I. 18th edition (London and New York : Macmillan and Co. 1890) https://archive.org/details/thepleasuresofli01lubbuoft, in a lecture titled "A Song of Books". McHenry suggested that Lubbock may have had in mind the words "postea vero quam Tyrannio mihi libros disposuit mens addita videtur meis aedibus" at Cicero, Ad Atticum 4.8, which are translated by E. O. Winstedt on p. 293 https://archive.org/stream/letterstoatticus01ciceuoft#page/292/mode/2up of Cicero: Letters to Atticus I (London : William Heinemann, and New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons 1912) https://archive.org/details/letterstoatticus01ciceuoft "Since Tyrannio has arranged my books, the house seems to have acquired a soul", and by Evelyn Shuckburgh on p. 234 https://archive.org/stream/cu31924012541433#page/n283/mode/2up of The Letters of Cicero. Vol. I. B. C. 68–52 (London : George Bell and Sons 1908) https://archive.org/details/cu31924012541433 "Moreover, since Tyrannio has arranged my books for me, my house seems to have had a soul added to it" (although the Latin word " mens http://athirdway.com/glossa/?s=mens", rendered "soul" by both Winstedt and Shuckburgh, is more usually translated by the English "mind"). D. R. Shackleton Bailey in Cicero's Letters to Atticus (Harmondsworth : Penguin Books 1978), p. 162, translated "And now that Tyrannio has put my books straight, my house seems to have woken to life".
Disputed
Variant: Ut conclave sine libris ita corpus sine anima" A room without books is like a body without a soul

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„It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.“

—  Lou Holtz American college football coach, professional football coach, television sports announcer 1937

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„In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.“

—  Coco Chanel French fashion designer 1883 - 1971

As quoted in Coco Chanel : Her Life, Her Secrets (1971) by Marcel Haedrich

Citát „The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The
willingness to learn is a choice.“
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„Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.“

—  Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934

As quoted in Our Precarious Habitat (1973) by Melvin A. Benarde, p. v

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„Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.“

—  Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934

As quoted in Our Precarious Habitat (1973) by Melvin A. Benarde, p. v
Context: Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

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Citát „You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.“
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„You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.“

—  Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963

Variant: You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.

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„One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.“

—  Sigmund Freud Austrian neurologist known as the founding father of psychoanalysis 1856 - 1939

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„When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

Variant: When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive-to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Source: Meditations

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„Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.“

—  Helen Keller American author and political activist 1880 - 1968

"Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy", Joseph P. Lash (1980) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/04/21/together/

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„The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt without an original source in her writings, for example in the introduction to It Seems to Me : Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt (2001) by Leonard C. Schlup and Donald W. Whisenhunt, p. 2 http://books.google.com/books?id=UeFWjTMcLZYC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA2#v=onepage&q&f=false. But archivists have not been able to find the quote in any of her writings, see the comment from Ralph Keyes in The Quote Verifier above.
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„The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.“

—  Frank Lloyd Wright American architect (1867-1959) 1867 - 1959

As quoted in My Favorite Quotations (1990) by Norman Vincent Peale

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„Action is the foundational key to all success.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

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„The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

Citát „Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.“
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„Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

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„The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us — that's where it's at.“

—  Jesse Owens American track and field athlete 1913 - 1980

As quoted in Blackthink: My Life as Black Man and White Man https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0688011632 (1970)
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„Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

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„No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Disputed
Variant: No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.
Source: Sometimes claimed to appear in her book This is My Story, but in The Quote Verifier by Ralph Keyes (2006), Keyes writes on p. 97 that "Bartlett's and other sources say her famous quotation can be found in This is My Story, Roosevelt's 1937 autobiography. It can't. Quotographer Rosalie Maggio scoured that book and many others by and about Roosevelt in search of this line, without success. In their own extensive searching, archivists at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York, have not been able to find the quotation in This Is My Story or any other writing by the First Lady. A discussion of some of the earliest known attributions of this quote to Roosevelt, which may be a paraphrase from an interview, can be found in this entry from Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2011/03/30/not-inferior/.

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„Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.“

—  Napoleon Hill, book Think and Grow Rich

Variant: Do not wait: the time will never be 'just right'. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.
Source: Think and Grow Rich (1938), p. 127
Context: Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

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„A great man is always willing to be little.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

1840s, Essays: First Series (1841), Compensation
Context: Our strength grows out of our weakness. The indignation which arms itself with secret forces does not awaken until we are pricked and stung and sorely assailed. A great man is always willing to be little. Whilst he sits on the cushion of advantages, he goes to sleep. When he is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits, on his manhood; he has gained facts; learns his ignorance; is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill. The wise man throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point. The wound cicatrizes and falls off from him like a dead skin, and when they would triumph, lo! he has passed on invulnerable. Blame is safer than praise. I hate to be defended in a newspaper. As long as all that is said is said against me, I feel a certain assurance of success. But as soon as honeyed words of praise are spoken for me, I feel as one that lies unprotected before his enemies. In general, every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor.

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„Winners never quit, quitters never win“

—  Lisa Gardner American author 1956

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„If my mind can conceive it; and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it.“

—  Muhammad Ali, book The Soul of a Butterfly

Similar to a quote by Jesse Jackson, which is in turn a modification of a quote by Napoleon Hill: "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
Misattributed
Source: The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey

„To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.“

—  Joseph Chilton Pearce American writer 1926 - 2016

Variant: To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.

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„In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

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„To be or not to be. That's not really a question.“

—  Jean-Luc Godard French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic 1930

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„Your attitude determines your altitude.“

—  Kathy Collins

Zig Ziglar
200 Motivational and inspirational Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success
Variant: Your attitude determines your altitude. - Zig Ziglar

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„A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.“

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

As translated by Katharine Lyttelton, in Joubert : A Selection from His Thoughts (1899)
Source: Striking Thoughts (2000), p. 121; this likely derives from the observation of Joseph Joubert: The goal is not always meant to be reached, but to serve as a mark for our aim.

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„People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.“

—  Norman Vincent Peale American writer 1898 - 1993

Positive Thinking Every Day : An Inspiration for Each Day of the Year (1993), "April 13"
Earlier variant: People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. And those who have learned to have a realistic, nonegotistical belief in themselves, who possess a deep and sound self-confidence, are assets to mankind, too, for they transmit their dynamic quality to those lacking it.
‪You Can If You Think You Can‬ (1987), p. 84

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„Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.“

—  Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930

Statement of January 1991, as quoted in Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett (2007) by Andrew Kilpatrick

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„If you talk about it, it's a dream, if you envision it, it's possible, but if you schedule it, it's real.“

—  Anthony Robbins Author, actor, professional speaker 1960

Source: Get the Edge

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„Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.“

—  Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980

„Do for yourself, for no one else will.“

—  Johanna Lindsey American writer 1952 - 2019

Source: A Heart So Wild

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„You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.“

—  Anna Quindlen journalist, Novelist 1952

Source: A Short Guide to a Happy Life

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„Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

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„To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924

Variant: To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
Source: Discours de réception, Séance De L'académie Française (introductory speech at a session of the French Academy), 24th December 1896, on Ferdinand de Lesseps' work on the Suez Canal.
Context: To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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„That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

March 11, 1856
Journals (1838-1859)

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„Your success and happiness lie in you.“

—  Helen Keller American author and political activist 1880 - 1968

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„There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.“

—  Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991

As quoted in The Life and Work of Martha Graham (1991) by Agnes de Mille, p. 264, <!-- de Mille precedes the Graham quotation with: "The greatest thing she ever said to me was in 1943 after the opening of Oklahoma!, when I suddenly had unexpected, flamboyant success for a work I thought was only fairly good, after years of neglect for work I thought was fine. I was bewildered and worried that my entire scale of values was untrustworthy. I talked to Martha. I remember the conversation well. It was in a Schrafft's restaurant over a soda. I confessed that I had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that I could be. Martha said to me, very quietly, ... " -->
Context: There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

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„There is no "I" in team but there is in win.“

—  Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963

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„The road to success is always under construction“

—  Lily Tomlin American actress, comedian, writer, and producer 1939

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„To be or not to be, that is the question.“

—  William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Source: Hamlet, Act III, scene i.

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„If there is no struggle, there is no progress.“

—  Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895

Variant: Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

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„I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Variant: Never let your schooling interfere with your education.

„People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.“

—  Dale Carnegie American writer and lecturer 1888 - 1955

Dale Carnegie, quoted in Permission to Play : Taking Time to Renew Your Smile (2003) by Jill Murphy Long, p. 69

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„The beginning of it starts at the end“

—  Tom Waits American singer-songwriter and actor 1949

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„Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.“

—  Lucille Ball American actress and businesswoman 1911 - 1989

Variant: Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. Your really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

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„Your attitude determines your altitude“

—  Stephen R. Covey, book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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„Change your thoughts and you can change the world.“

—  Norman Vincent Peale American writer 1898 - 1993

As quoted in Back on Track : How to Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You a Curve (1997) by Deborah Norville, p. 201
Variant: Change your thoughts and you change your world.

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„Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it's about having a lot of options.“

—  Chris Rock American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director 1965

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„You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

An abbreviated version of a quote by California politician Dianne Feinstein, from an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine in October 1985 https://books.google.com/books?id=zmxNAQAAIAAJ&dq=You+have+to+learn+the+rules+of+the+game+and+then+you+have+to+play+better+than+anyone+else&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22rules+of+the+game%22, on the topic of women running for public office. The original was: "... I really do have staying power. That's important for women who run for office. When you get in there and push for a lot of new things all at once and don't get them, you don't just leave. You have to commit, be a team player, learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play it better than anyone else."
Misattributed

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„You have to believe in it to get it…“

—  Nora Roberts American romance writer 1950

Source: Heart of the Sea

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„There is plenty of work for love to do.“

—  Alexander McCall Smith, book Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

Source: Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

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„Success has always been a great liar“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Source: The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

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