60 Essential Lessons on Success from people who reach tremendous heights in their own individual fields. Use these as motivation to pursue your own goals and dreams.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -T.S. Eliot

“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

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” – Steve Jobs

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Goethe

 “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Emerson

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.” – Nelson Mandela

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

60 Essential Lessons on Success

“The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” – Bruce Feirstein

“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.” – Nietzsche

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

“Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” – George S. Patton

“Live the life you’ve dreamed” – Henry David Thoreau

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – William Somerset Maugham

“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ ” – Muhammad Ali

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso


“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” – Goethe

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.” – Tesla

“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.” – Machiavelli

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible — and achieve it, generation after generation.” – Pearl S. Buck

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” – Richard branson

“There are those who are so scrupulously afraid of doing wrong that they seldom venture to do anything.” – Vauvenargues

“Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that assures the successful outcome of any venture” – William James

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – André Gide

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – Billy Durant

“The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavour is taking the first step, making the first decision.” – Robyn Davidson


“Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.” – Voltaire

“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” – Seneca

“Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.” – Phillip Adams

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” – Demosthenes

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“In Ourselves are Triumphs and Defeats.” -Longfellow

“It matters not the number of years in your life. It is the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

“As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.” – Chanakya

“The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves.” – Mike Ditka

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” – Lou Holtz


“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” – Emerson

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

“One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people’s expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about.” – Tiger Woods

“No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess” – Newton

“Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.” – David Hume

“Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain” – Aristotle

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Einstein

“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves.” – Blaise Pascal

“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” – E. M. Forster

“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.” -Larry Ellison


“A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.” – Sigmund Freud

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” – Clint Eastwood

“Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.” – Sun Tzu

“Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.” – Michel de Montaigne

“All that counts in life is intention.” – Andrea Bocelli

“Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.” – Cicero

 “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Feynman

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo

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