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40 Quotes About Success That Will Help You Accomplish Your Dreams—You’ve Got This!

"Success" can mean different things to different people. However, what is common with all accomplishments is the need to take action and even some risks. The dreams in our heads will just stay there unless we are willing to step out and work toward achievement. To give ourselves a little push, it may take some wise words from successful leaders. There are so many quotes about success that have proven to be both inspiring and motivating.

If you find yourself lacking the initiative or have a fear of failure, it would be good to read through some quotes from successful people—like Dale Carnegie, Bill Gates, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and more—and gain confidence. When someone has already achieved significant goals, their words and experiences can be encouraging to others. We've picked out our favorite 40 quotes about prospering that offer plenty of inspiration.

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Best Success Quotes

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1. "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." —Winston Churchill

2. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” —Dale Carnegie

3. “There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” —Mister Rogers

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

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5. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” —Estée Lauder

6. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” —John Wooden

7. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty." —Winston Churchill

8. “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” —Vernon Sanders Law

9. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” —Paulo Coelho

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10. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.” —Joe Girard

11. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” —Zig Ziglar

12. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot

13. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” —Stephen R. Covey

14. “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” —William James

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15. "You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind. To begin, begin." —Gordon B. Hinckley

Motivational Quotes About Success

16. “One of the differences between some successful and unsuccessful people is that one group is full of doers, while the other is full of wishers.” —Edmond Mbiaka

17. “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…” —Marcus Aurelius

18. “Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had.” —Angela Bassett

19. “If you believe something needs to exist, if it's something you want to use yourself, don't let anyone ever stop you from doing it.” —Tobias Lütke

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20. “Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” —Warren Buffet

21. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” —Albert Einstein

22. “If you can't yet do great things, do small things in a great way.” —Napoleon Hill

23. “If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.” —Jim Rohn

24. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” —Abraham Lincoln

25. “If the decisions you make about where you invest your blood, sweat, and tears are not consistent with the person you aspire to be, you’ll never become that person.” —Clayton M. Christensen

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26. “Live out of your imagination, not your history.” —Stephen Covey

27. “The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.” —Epicurus

28. “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” —Arthur C. Clarke

29. "A year from now you will wish you had started today." —Unknown

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30. “If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” —Erica Jong

Famous Quotes About Success

31. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford

32. “It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” —Bill Gates

33. "I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been given a no. Only to find that a better, brighter, bigger yes was right around the corner.” —Arlan Hamilton

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34. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” —Arthur Ashe

35. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” —Ariana Huffington

36. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” —Babe Ruth

37. “Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart.” —Drake

38. “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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39. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” —Earl Nightingale

40. “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” —Pema Chodron

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