Eighty percent of success is showing up.
- Woody Allen
The secret of success is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli
It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one; but success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest; better to lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune.
- Samuel Smiles
Civilization is very much an immature and ongoing experiment, the success of which is by no means yet proven.
- Colin Turnbull, anthropologist, The Human Cycle
The secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God.
- Sri da Avabhas
An artist cannot fail it is a success to be one.
- Charles Horton Cooley
One never learns by success. Success is the plateau that one rests upon to take breath and look down from upon the straight and difficult path, but one does not climb upon a plateau.
- Josephine Preston Peabody
A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.
- Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 41