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Henry David ThoreauSuccess usually comes to those too busy to be looking for it.

 - Henry David Thoreau

Florence NightingaleI attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.

 - Florence Nightingale

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.

 - Ann Landers

Albert EinsteinStrive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

 - Albert Einstein

Booker WashingtonI have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

 - Booker T. Washington

Maya AngelouSuccess is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

 - Maya Angelou

Bruce LeeThe successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.

 - Bruce Lee

Stephen KingTalent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

 - Stephen King

Winston ChurchillSuccess is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

 - Winston Churchill

Leonardo da VinciIt had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

 - Leonardo da Vinci

Henry FordThe man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right. Which one are you?

 - Henry Ford

Bernard BaruchMost of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.

 - Bernard Baruch

Understanding that you can't truly take credit for your successes, nor truly blame others for their failures will humble you and make you more compassionate. Empathy is intuitive, but is also something you can work on, intellectually.

 - Tim Minchin

Jim RohnSuccess is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.

 - Jim Rohn

Marilyn MonroeSuccess 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

Lao TzuBe careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.

 - Laozi / Lao-Tzu

A man, to succeed, must possess the necessary equanimity of temperament to conceive an idea, the capacity to form it into some tangible shape, the ingenuity to put it into practical operation, the ability to favorably impress others with its merits, and the power of will that is absolutely necessary to force it to success.

 - Thomas Scott

Diane AckermanBecause IQ tests favor memory skills and logic, overlooking artistic creativity, insight, resiliency, emotional reserves, sensory gifts, and life experience, they can't really predict success, let alone satisfaction.

 - Diane Ackerman

One man envies the success in life of another, and hates him in secret; nor is he willing to give him good advice when he is consulted, except it be by some wonderful effort of good feeling, and there are, alas, few such men in the world. A real friend, on the other hand, exalts in his friend's happiness, rejoices in all his joys, and is ready to afford him the best advice.

 - Herodotus

Sigmund FreudIf a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.

 - Sigmund Freud

David HumeIt is harder to avoid censure than to gain applause; for this may be done by one great or wise action in an age. But to escape censure a man must pass his whole life without saying or doing one ill or foolish thing.

 - David Hume

My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.

 - Helen Hayes

I am convinced that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life's endeavors. Your attitude, your perspective, your outlook, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people - determines your priorities, your actions, your values. Your attitude determines how you interact with other people and how you interact with yourself.

 - Carolyn Warner

In real life, of course, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. . . Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.

 - Anita Brookner

Jim RohnFormal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

 - Jim Rohn

Henry David ThoreauIf one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

 - Henry David Thoreau

Dean AlfangeI do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon -- if I can. I seek opportunity -- not security. I do not wish to be a citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done. All this is what it means to be an American.

 - Dean Alfange

Oscar WildeIn England an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth.

 - Oscar Wilde

Elizabeth MaryI know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm, and their inspiration to work together.

 - Elizabeth