Selected Quotes on Success

Quotes on success can be useful when you need some words of wisdom to point you in the right direction. If you're naturally optimistic your mind can come up with lots of ideas.

Success comes in lots of different forms, but the most obvious forms of success seem to be related to the outward signs, such as how new your car is and how big your house is.

Consumerism is important to the economies of the western world.

Prestige develops as a result of where you live as well as the number of toys you own.

A common saying is, he who dies with the most toys, wins.

As far as I know, that's one of those anonymous quotes on success which has only a hint of truth with a ton of irony.

When I initially keyed this one in, my fingers slipped. I wrote, he who dies with the most toys, sins.

Many of us acquire things because we can. Things are fun - they keep us entertained.

Having grown up during the 1940's and '50s, I have fond memories of times when everyone had a lot fewer toys.

There were no computers, no electronic calculators, no ipods, and of course, no cellphones.

It was nice, really. Life was full of a lot more silence.

As kids, we played outdoors, and were a lot more active.

Things were still important, though. Bicycles, wagons, non-motorized scooters, roller skates, baseballs and gloves were paramount. Now, they take a back seat to the electronics.

Wow, my mind wanders in a hurry. There's probably a famous saying about that. Something about getting old.

Here's a famous brief quote on success: We were born to succeed, not to fail.

Henry David Thoreau said that. He's dead now. But he had a successful life - he must have - since he's still alive through his writings.

Thoreau's success came mostly after he died. Apparently not too many of his books were selling during his short life.

Thoreau's life was an illustration of the fact that you can't always measure a man's success by his monetary wealth. Many really successful people were so devoted to their work, to producing something meaningful and lasting, that they didn't have time to give to their own comforts.

Here's another one of Thoreau's quotes on success:

I find it invariably true, the poorer I am, the richer I am.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote of Thoreau, "He chose to be rich by making his wants few, and supplying them himself."

I haven't spent any time reading Thoreau's writings - but I'm going to. I just read most of Emerson's Biographical Sketch on Thoreau, which appears at the front of one of Thoreau's books.

Emerson held Thoreau in very high regard. Apparently many of his contemporaries held him in very high esteem. They were in awe of Thoreau's love of the simple life and his love of nature.

Moving on to a later time and circumstance, Malcolm Forbes made one of the best known quotes on success:

Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.

I wonder how much defeat Mr. Forbes actually experienced during his rather ostentatious life. I also wonder whether success necessarily has anything to do with victory and defeat.

But then, Forbes may not have been the one who decided that the above quote was actually about success.

Malcolm Forbes knew that he enjoyed some serious advantages, having inherited his wealth from his father. One of his online biographers said he enjoyed saying he was loaded with "sheer ability, spelled i-n-h-e-r-i-t-a-n-c-e." This quote appeared in Forbes magazine.

Eric Hoffer is hardly a household name. He was born prior to Malcolm Forbes by about 17 years. but was a contemporary of Forbes for much of their working lives.

Forbes died in 1990 and Hoffer in 1983.

Here's a very good quote on success from Hoffer:

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

I've probably heard of Eric Hoffer - most likely during the undergraduate years some 45 years ago. He's another author I'll add to my list of should reads.

Just looking at a list of one or two line quotes from Hoffer brings the realization that what he wrote mattered - and I can learn a lot by reading his work.

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

Indira Gandhi: There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition.

Eckhart Tolle: No matter how active we are, how much effort we make, our state of consciousness creates our world, and if there is no change on that inner level, no amount of action will make any difference.

The word success is not mentioned in some quotes on success. Nonetheless, quotes such as the last two can point you in the right direction.

I hope you already have had lot of success - and you most likely have.

The quote from Colin Powell, spelled out just above, can seem a bit tedious if you've spent a lot of time diligently working to develop the financial success you deserve.

Keep in mind, the failure he's talking about is only temporary - but you have to know that to be true.

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