Subject: Success

Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence; this explains why we have so many stupid leaders.

(1920 – 2003) American writer

Life is strange; every so often a good man wins.

(1902 – 1963) Danish actor

Old age is like everything else; to make a success of it, you've got to start young.

(1858 – 1919) 26th U.S. president

It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.

(1892 – 1964) singer, dancer, comedian, actor & songwriter

Brute force, clumsiness, ignorance, and superstition will always triumph over science, skill, knowledge, and logic.

Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.

(1880 – 1956) journalist, essayist, editor & satirist

Sudden success in golf is like the sudden acquisition of wealth; it is apt to unsettle and deteriorate the character.

(1881 – 1975) English writer & humorist

You should always accept because of the pain it brings to your enemies.

(1898 – 1971) English classical scholar & academic

If you think you can, you’re right; and if you think you can’t, you’re right.

(1918 – 2001) American businesswoman & founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

All my life affection has been showered on me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.

(1880 – 1956) journalist, essayist, editor & satirist

Success is a public affair; failure is a private funeral.

(1907 – 1976) American actress

It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

(1884 – 1972) 33rd U.S. president

Even the smallest dog can lift its leg on the tallest building.

(1943 – ) U.S. agriculture commissioner, columnist, activist & author

Always be nice to people on the way up because you'll meet the same people on the way down.

Success is getting what you want, and happiness is wanting what you get.

(1926 – 1983) American comedian & singer

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

Samuel Clemens (1835 – 1910) author & humorist

Elvis transcends his talent to the point of dispensing with it altogether.

(1945 – ) author, music journalist & cultural critic

I want to succeed in America where, unlike Britain, they do not regard ambition as being the same as eating babies.

(1962 – ) English stand-up comedian & actor

[A successful parent is one] who raises a child who grows up and is able to pay for his or her own psychoanalysis.

(1941 – 2012) American novelist, producer, screenwriter & director

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.

David Gerrold (1944 – ) science fiction author
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