"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." – Conrad Hilton "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." – Vernon Howard
“Success is empty if you arrive at the finish line alone.” – Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks
“There are many ways to measure success; not the least of which is the way your child describes you when talking to a friend.” (Source unknown)
“Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.” – E.M. Forster
“You’ve got to get people to believe that change is possible… You have to show that you can fight things successfully - even if you don’t win.” – Winona Laduke, Native American activist
On Success: “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of oneself; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford
“We don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvellous victory.” – Howard Zinn, historian, in “You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train”
“Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.” – Victor Frankl
“I feel that my mission is, wherever I am, to express my feeling about the importance of kindness, compassion, and the true sense of brotherhood. I practice these things. It gives me more happiness, more success. If I practiced anger or jealousy or bitterness, no doubt my smile would disappear.” – The Dalai Lama
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau
“The criteria for success: you are free, you live in the present moment, you are useful to the people around you, and you feel love for all humanity.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
“[T]here is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order.” – Niccolò Machiavelli in The Prince, Quoted in “How to Change the World – Social Entrepreneurs & the Power of New Ideas” by David Bornstein
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie, in The Language of Letting Go
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Herman Cain
“You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.” – Zig Ziglar
“A successful marriage is basically an endless cycle of wrongs committed, apologies offered, and forgiveness granted. All leavened by the occasional orgasm.” – Sex columnist Dan Savage, quoted in Sept.-Oct. 2011 Utne Reader.
“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
“We live in a world that has practiced violence for generations – violence to other creatures, violence to the planet, violence to ourselves. Yet in my garden, where I have nurtured a healthy soil-plant community, I see a model of a highly successful, non-violent system where I participate in gentle biological diplomacy rather than war. The garden has more to teach us than just how to grow food.” ~ Eliot Coleman, ‘Four-Season Harvest’
“Never be discouraged from being an activist because people tell you that you will not succeed. You have already succeeded if you’re out there representing truth or justice or compassion or fairness or love.” – Doris Haddock (Granny D), who walked across America at the age of 89, to highlight the need for campaign finance reform
“And so graduates, my advice to you is simply my hope for us all:
Beware the justice of nature.
Understand that there can be no successful human economy apart from Nature, or in defiance of Nature.
Make a home.Help to make a community.Be loyal to what you have made.
Love this miraculous world that we did not make, that is a gift to us.
So far as you are able, make your lives independent of the industrial economy, which thrives by damage.
Find work, if you can, that does not damage.Enjoy your work.Work well.”
~ Wendell Berry addressing college graduates in 1990.