31 Motivational Quotes on Success

Putting The Puzzle Together

Many try to achieve success, but do we, as a society, have the wrong idea?  Here is a round up of 31 motivational quotes on success from people who have lived it by putting in hard work and perseverance, and never looked back to gloat.    

Quotes on Success

1. Work hard in silence, let success be your noise. -Frank Ocean

2. Success is not a doorway, it is a staircase. -Dottie Walters

3. One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. -Friedrich Nietzsche

4. Self-trust is the first secret of success. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. -Steve Jobs

6. Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.  Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’ -Brian Tracy

7. Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. -Bruce Lee


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8. I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. -Estee Lauder

9. Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. -Thomas Edison

10. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. –Maya Angelou

11. A successful life is nothing more than a series of successful days. -Thomas D. Willhite

12. Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats. –Amos Bronson Alcott

13. Success is a result, not a goal. -Gustave Flaubert

14. I must admit, I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to their fellow human beings.  -Margaret Mead

15. Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. -Marilyn Vos Savant

16. Talent in cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. -Stephen King

17. If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it! -Jonathan Winters

18. If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing. –Will Rogers


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19. If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, where X is work, Y is play, and Z is keep your mouth shut. –Albert Einstein

20. Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. -Dan Millman

21. However successful you are, there is no substitute for a close relationship. We all need them. -Francesca Annis

22. Success is measured by what you do after they tell you ‘no.’ -Baylor Barbee

23. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. -Robert Collier

24. Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine. -Elvis Presley

25. Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. -David Frost

26. The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. -Ayn Rand

27. Eighty percent of success is showing up. -Woody Allen

28. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. -Florence Nightingale

29. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. -Bill Cosby

30. Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. –Napoleon Hill

31. It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. William James


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Juliette Donatelli

Working in the field of sustainability for over seven years, Juliette is passionate about its intersection within the fashion industry. Juliette began studying ecological conservation, and led consumer awareness campaigns around the world from water usage in southern California, riparian restoration in South Africa, food distribution in Paris and bison habitat in the Great Plains. She has launched her passion--consumerism and sustainability--into a place where it hits home--fashion. Juliette is the founder and editor-in-chief of spadesandsilk.com, Director of Sustainability at Manufacture NY, and loves to read, dance, swim and enjoy the occasional glass of champagne.