135 Powerful Success Quotes to Help You Succeed


Isn’t it interesting that almost every single human being is pursuing success and happiness in some way or the other? The pursuit of success, however, can be quite challenging at times. There are many difficult obstacles to overcome and daunting fears to face. Overcoming these challenges is critical for your success. Whenever life confronts you with such difficulties, it’s important to keep fighting for your dreams. In these challenging situations, it can be incredibly helpful to have a couple of motivating quotes about success at hand that help you to push through the obstacles. For this reason, we’ve created a hand-picked selection of incredibly powerful success quotes that help you succeed. Enjoy!

Overcoming what is holding you back is a fundamental aspect for success. At the same time, however, that’s not enough to be exceptionally successful. There are many prerequisites for success and one of them is having the mental strength to walk from failure to failure without ever giving up.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill

Success is all about always getting back up on your feet whenever life pushes you down. Those extraordinarily successful individuals haven’t arrived where they are today because they were able to avoid failure. Instead, they had the courage to overcome the fear of failure.

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Enjoy the following collection of success quotes.

Similarly, they never allowed failure to stop them from pursuing their goals. Instead of allowing failure to break them, these successful individuals used these experiences to fuel their pursuit of success.

135 Powerful Success Quotes to Help You Succeed

What is so special about success quotes is that they stem from some of the wisest and most successful individuals that have ever walked on earth. Even more so, these incredible men and women have distilled the quintessence of their successful lives in these powerful statements.

Interestingly enough, most – if not all – of these unique individuals had to overcome watches in life obstacles. Still, these are the people that had the perseverance to push through all difficulties no matter what happened. Luckily enough, they all have condensed their valuable experiences in the form of helpful advice about living a successful life.

Reading through these thought-provoking success quotes will motivate you to never give up fighting for your dreams. At the same time, these success quotes will inspire you to continuously push yourself beyond your own boundaries.

In the following, we’ve prepared a collection of powerful success quotes to inspire you on the road to success.


„Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.“
Albert Schweitzer


„I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.“
Michael Jordan


„Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.“
Dwayne Johnson


„Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.“
Denis Waitley


„Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.“
William Eardley IV


„Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.“
Oliver Goldsmith


„Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.“
Winston Churchill


„Every failure is a step to success.“
William Whewell


„Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.“
Conrad Hilton


„Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.“
David Bly


„Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.“
Morihei Ueshiba


„The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.“
Bruce Lee


„It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.“
Leonardo da Vinci


„If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.“
John D. Rockefeller


„Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.“
Napoleon Hill


„It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.“
Theodore Roosevelt


„Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.“
Orison Swett Marden


„I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure which is: Try to please everybody.“
Herbert B. Swope


„Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.“
Ben Carson


„Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.“
Vaibhav Shah


„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


„Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.“
Zig Ziglar


„Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.“
Samuel Beckett


„After every difficulty, ask yourself two questions: ‘What did I do right?’ and ‘What would I do differently?’„
Brian Tracy


„Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.“
Truman Capote


„Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.“
John R. Wooden


„Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”
W.P. Kinsella


„The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.“
Ayn Rand


„Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.“
Robert T. Kiyosaki


„I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.“
Michael Jordan


„There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.“
Ray Goforth


„Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.“
Richard Branson


„If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.“
Albert Einstein


„Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.“
Robert F. Kennedy


„People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.“
Tony Robbins


„Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.“
Zig Ziglar


„Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.“
George Sheehan


„The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.“
Ralph Waldo Emerson


„If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.“
Jim Rohn


„I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.“
Booker T. Washington


„If you’re going through hell, keep going.“
Winston Churchill


„People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
Dale Carnegie


„I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.“
Florence Nightingale


„The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talk you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow.“
Roy T. Bennett


„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


„Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.“
George S. Patton


„Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.“
Robert Collier


„Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.“
Marianne Williamson


„You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.“
Albert Einstein


„Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.“
Robert Strauss


„To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.“
Ralph Waldo Emerson


„The best revenge is massive success.“
Frank Sinatra


„I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.“
Abraham Lincoln


„The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.“
Benjamin Disraeli


„Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.“
Zig Ziglar


„Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.“
Henry David Thoreau


„Success comes in cans; failure in cant’s.“


„Our greatest fear should not be of failure… but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.“
Francis Chan


„Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.“


„Action is the foundational key to all success.“
Pablo Picasso


„You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.“
Martin Luther King, Jr.


„Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.“
Dalai Lama


„Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals.“
David A. Bednar


„Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.“
David Joseph Schwartz


„Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.“
Bobby Unser


„The road to success is always under construction.“
Lily Tomlin


„A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.“
Joyce Brothers


„The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.“
Vince Lombardi


„Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.“
Bruce Lee


„Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.“
Jim Rohn


„Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.“
Jim Rohn


„For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.“
Harry F. Banks


„Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.“
A. R. Rahman


„I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard.“
Maria Bartiromo


„The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.“
Tommy Hilfiger


„We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.“
Samuel Smiles


„I’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’ Success is never final; I’ll just keep on going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them.“
Conor McGregor


„It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.“
Winston Churchill


„One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.“
Arthur Ashe


„You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.“
George Lorimer


„The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.“
Mark Caine


„Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.“
Mario Andretti


„The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.“
John C. Maxwell


„The measure of success is happiness and peace of mind.“
Bobby Davro


„Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.“
Abraham Lincoln


„Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.“


„Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.“
Colin Powell


„If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.“
Jim Rohn


„Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.“
Henry Ford


„The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.“
Vince Lombardi


„The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.“
Joshua Waitzkin


„Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.“
Denis Waitley


„Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.“
George Bernard Shaw


„Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.“
Bill Gates


„Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.“
Calvin Coolidge


„It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.“
Bill Gates


„However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.“
Stephen Hawking


„Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.“
Alexander Graham Bell


„Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.“
Orison Swett Marden


„Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.“
Wayne Gretzky


„Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.“
David M. Burns


„Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.“
Arnold Schwarzenegger


„Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.“
Arthur Ashe


„Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.“
John Wooden


„All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.“
Mark Twain


„Failure is success if we learn from it.“
Malcolm Forbes


„Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.“
Albert Einstein


„Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.“
Swami Sivananda


„The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.“
Paramahansa Yogananda


„Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream.“
Marlon Wayans


„Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.“
Joyce Brothers


„I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.“
Thomas Jefferson


„Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.“
Wilfred Peterson


„Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.“
Wayne Huizenga


„Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can’t go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure is a cancerous way to live.“
Kevin Bacon


„Indomitable perseverance in a business, properly understood, always ensures ultimate success.“
Cyrus McCormick


„A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.“
Billie Jean King


„What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives.“
Oprah Winfrey


„What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.“
Margaret Thatcher


„Success is that old ABC – ability, breaks, and courage.“
Charles Luckman


„I couldn’t buy my way – I had to work my way. What a great quote: ‘I couldn’t buy my way into success, I had to work my way into success.’”
Stewart Rahr


„Success is dependent on effort.“


„Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.“
John Wooden


„Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.“
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


„The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.“
P. T. Barnum


„Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.“
Dale Carnegie


„You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.“
Napoleon Hill


„I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.“
Johann Sebastian Bach


„There is no success without hardship.“


„Much effort, much prosperity.“


„In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.“
Miguel de Cervantes


„Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.“
Lydia M. Child


„Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.“
Erma Bombeck


„Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.“
Denis Waitley

I hope you enjoyed this collection of powerful success quotes.

Stay victorious!


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  1. There are so many great quotes from some incredible people. What this shows is that no matter who you are, what your skills are, someone like you has overcome obstacles and succeeded. Pick one and repeat that saying until it sinks in. We all have had major crises but to overcome them is the greatest thing.

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