56 Motivational And Inspirational Quotes About Success

Stop listening to the naysayers and do what you love. These inspirational words will feed that desire and send you on your way to a successful and happy life.

We may all disagree on the definition of success. Some say it involves becoming rich, others say it has to do with becoming happy, and some say success includes becoming both. But no matter the definition, we can all agree: the path to success is not supposed to be easy. Check out these 56 quotes for the motivation and inspiration you may need when the going gets tough.

"Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years." -- Bob Brown

"I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite." -- G. K. Chesterton

"Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; what would it look like?" -- Brian Tracy

"Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement." -- W. Clement Stone

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -- Thomas Edison

"Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone's life in a very positive way are better." -- Tim Howard

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there's life, there's hope." -- Stephen Hawking

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

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." -- Albert Einstein

"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is." -- Vince Lombardi

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at." -- Stephen Hawking

"Life doesn't require that we be the best, only that we try our best." -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time." -- Don Zimmer

"You can only become great at that thing you're willing to sacrifice for." -- Maya Angelou

"Today's accomplishments were yesterday's impossibilities." -- Robert H. Schuller

"People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing." -- Dale Carnegie

"The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down." -- Stephen Richards

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

"Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world." -- George Eliot

"You shouldn't focus on why you can't do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions." -- Steve Case

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." -- Herman Melville

"There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." -- Ray Goforth

"Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal; it's the courage to continue that counts." -- Mike Ditka

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." -- Tony Robbins

"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them." -- William Shakespeare

"Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event." -- Brian Tracy

"We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained." -- Marie Curie

"You always pass failure on the way to success." -- Mickey Rooney

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." -- Gail Devers

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold." -- Helen Keller

"The successful people of this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is." -- Ben Stein

"For every reason it's not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded." -- Jack Canfield

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." -- Colin Powell

"You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity." -- Thomas Wolfe

"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." -- Jim Rohn

"Believe you can and you're halfway there." -- Theodore Roosevelt

"What's money? 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

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it." -- Chinese Proverb

"A minute's success pays the failure of years." -- Robert Browning

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." -- Henry David Thoreau

"The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." -- Bruce Lee

"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces people into thinking they can't lose." -- Bill Gates

"I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time." -- Herbert Bayard Swope

"The heights by great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." -- George S. Patton

"I don't dwell on success. Maybe that's one reason I'm successful." -- Calvin Klein

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well." -- Denis Waitley

"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." -- Dale Carnegie

"Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success." -- Robert Kiyosaki

"Do or do not. There is no try." -- Yoda

"There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'" Carrie Fisher

"Winning depends on where you put your priorities. It's usually best to put them over the fence." -- Jason Giambi

"Celebrate what you've accomplished but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed." -- Mia Hamm


"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone." -- Reba Mcentire

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