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You don't need passion, you don't need goals. You need systems that improve your odds. (Scott Adams)

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. (Joseph Addison)

I believe that adversity and negativity can be an amazing fuel towards personal success. (Jonathan Adler)

Just spunk won't be enough; you've got to have gumption. (James Agee)

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most people succeed because they are determined to. (George E. Allen)

Flood your imagination with vision... if your deepest needs, values and internal beliefs agree with your direction, then you're more likely to succeed. (Robert G. Allen)

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. (Maya Angelou)

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.' Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life. (Mary Kay Ash)

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1. (Arthur Ashe)

Success is a great healer. (Grace Atherton)

I'd rather have huge success and huge failure than travel in the middle of the road. (Kevyn Aucoin)

The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious. (Marcus Aurelius)

Success supposes endeavor. (Jane Austen)

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. (Roger W. Babson)

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

Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it. (Richard Bach)

When you get successful, you can do pretty much whatever you want. (Randy Bachman)

If you're smart, you abandon the things that didn't work out so well, and you enlarge upon the things that seem to be successful. (John Baldessari)

There is nothing like success to breed followers. (Geoffrey Ballard)

Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity that was at hand. (Bruce Barton)

Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking. (Bernard Baruch)

Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers. (Les Baxter)

You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play. (Warren Beatty)

The prospect of success in achieving our most cherished dream is not without its terrors. Who is more deprived and alone than the man who has achieved his dream? (Brendan Francis Behan)

The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. (Alexander Graham Bell)

I've been so fortunate because I never really had ups and downs as far as my career. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I've been sold out all over the world. (Tony Bennett)

Better than succeeding little by little is failing at one go. (Jose Bergamin)

I've never sought success in order to get fame and money; it's the talent and the passion that count in success. (Ingrid Bergman)

The toughest thing about success is that you have got to keep on being a success. (Irving Berlin)

Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction. (Al Bernstein)

Sometimes bringing out your inner best is the secret of success. (Yogi Bhajan)

success, n. The one unpardonable sin against one's fellows. (Ambrose Bierce)

Success is not a motive, it's a matter of opinion. (Eleanor Blair)

Success is when I'm out on location and can pull off a decent painting. It's also when I can convince someone who is afraid, to put brush to canvas and feel the joy. (Linda Blondheim)

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success. (William J. H. Boetcker)

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of work. (Sarah Bolton)

To be successful you have to be lucky, or a little mad, or very talented, or find yourself in a rapid growth field. (Edward de Bono)

Success is a kind of peace of mind. (Kelly Borsheim)

Well, I think that there's a very thin dividing line between success and failure. (Richard Branson)

The road to success is not a path you find but a trail you blaze. (Robert Brault)

In the 'west' success is defined in purely material terms. He with the most money wins... We should question, speak out and work for a better society with a whole different definition of what is deemed a successful artistic life. (Mark A. Brennan)

If can find beauty in the simple, quiet things and connect with people on a deeper, spiritual level, my art is a success. (Rich Brimer)

One essential to success is that your desire be an all-obsessing one, our thoughts and aim be coordinated, and your energy be concentrated and applied without letup. (Claude M. Bristol)

A man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man. (Van Wyck Brooks)

The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top. (Dr. Joyce Brothers)

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. (Dr. Joyce Brothers)

Few people are successful unless a lot of other people want them to be. (Charles Brower)

I've never thought of myself as a success because success is an ongoing process. (Harley Brown)

Judge your success by the degree that you're enjoying peace, health, and love. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds? (Robert Browning)

There are only two ways by which to rise in this world, either by one's own industry or by the stupidity of others. (Jean de La Bruyere)

The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Success is due less to ability than to zeal. (Charles Buxton)

Success is the space one occupies in the newspaper. Success is one day's insolence. (Elias Canetti)

It takes twenty years to make an overnight success. (Eddie Cantor)

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. (Thomas Carlyle)

There is a passion for perfection which you will rarely see fully developed; but you may note this fact, that in successful lives it is never wholly lacking. (Bliss Carman)

You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing. (Dale Carnegie)

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. (George Washington Carver)

Success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession. (Carlos Castaneda)

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak. (G. K. Chesterton)

When we harness the forces of harmony, joy and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease. (Deepak Chopra)

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill)

Success is not the measure of a man but a triumph over those who choose to hold him back. (Bill Clinton)

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like? (Jean Cocteau)

The only work of art which succeeds is that which fails. (Jean Cocteau)

Success is the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out. (Robert Collier)

The secret of success in life is known only to those who have not succeeded. (John Churton Collins)

There are only four words to success as a painter... paint, paint, paint, PAINT! (Laurel Cormack)

-reference to 'What sucess?' by Robert Genn...
In almost every way you epitomize the 'successful' artist of this generation, and yet you are still humble enough to poke holes in the balloon. You reminded me that I'm in it for the 'process' and success lies in the next finished painting, no matter where it ends up. (Sharon Cory)

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. (Bill Cosby)

I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got. (Walter Cronkite)

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

-on Norman Rockwell...
It really is impossible not to like him. His success was his failure. (Arthur C. Danto)

Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being... (Sammy Davis, Jr.)

The best thing you have to offer the world is yourself. You don't have to copy anyone else. If you do, you're second best. To achieve success is to be first, and that's being yourself. (John Denver)

Success is counted sweetest / By those who ne'er succeed. / To comprehend a nectar / Requires sorest need. (Emily Dickinson)

Tis so much joy! 'Tis so much joy! / If I should fail, what poverty! / And yet, as poor as I / Have ventured all upon a throw, / Have gained! Yes! / Hesitated so this side the victory! (Emily Dickinson)

Success is the child of audacity. (Benjamin Disraeli)

The secret of success in life is to be ready when your opportunity comes. (Benjamin Disraeli)

The idea of instant gratification has permeated art and made it inferior. There is no shortcut to successful art. (Les Ducak)

It's very easy for me to say what success is. I think success is connecting with an audience who understands you and having a dialogue with them. I think success is continuing to push yourself forward creatively and not sort of becoming a caricature of yourself. (Lena Dunham)

Successful people make money. It's not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success to what they do. (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to. (Bob Dylan)

You'll find out when you reach the top, you're on the bottom. (Bob Dylan)

Conquer, but don't triumph. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do. (Thomas Edison)

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. (Albert Einstein)

Success is relative: It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things. (T. S. Eliot)

Self-trust is the first secret to success. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

- attributed...
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

To me, success is my next painting. (Gary T. Erbe)

Some Pulitzer winners - novelists - have confided to me that getting the prize screwed them up. It messed with their heads. That hasn't been my experience. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom. (Euripides)

Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it. (Sam Ewing)

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. (William Feather)

The prizes go to those who meet emergencies successfully. And the way to meet emergencies is to do each daily task the best we can. (William Feather)

A person's success in life can usually be measure by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. (Timothy Ferriss)

It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed. (Harvey S. Firestone)

Success is the sum of details. (Harvey S. Firestone)

The secret of my success is a two word answer: Know people. (Harvey S. Firestone)

There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.' (Carrie Fisher)

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome. (Fannie Flagg)

Success is a consequence and must not be a goal. (Gustave Flaubert)

A price has to be paid for success. Almost invariably those who have reached the summits worked harder and longer, studied and planned more assiduously, practiced more self-denial, overcame more difficulties than those of us who have not risen so far. (B. C. Forbes)

No horse gets anywhere until it is harnessed. No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. (Harry Emerson Fosdick)

Don't aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue... as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a course greater than oneself. (Viktor Frankl)

Integrity is the essence of everything successful. (Buckminster Fuller)

Take the initiative. Go to work, and above all co-operate and don't hold back on one another or try to gain at the expense of another. Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. (Buckminster Fuller)

We do not always get what we deserve but what we negotiate. (Tasoula L. Georgiou-Hadjitofi)

Most of us who aspire to be tops in our fields don't really consider the amount of work required to stay tops. (Althea Gibson)

-Eat, Pray, Love...
I should just put it bluntly... it's exceedingly likely that my greatest success is behind me. Oh, so Jesus, what a thought!...anything I write from this point forward is going to be judged by the world as the work that came after the freakish success of my last book, right? (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. (Arnold H. Glasow)

I started my career at the top and have been working my way downwards ever since. (Tom Glazer)

The only thing you have to fear more than failure is success. (Ted Godwin)

-letter to Vincent van Gogh, January 22, 1890...
I think we can wait patiently for success to come; you will surely live to see it. It is necessary to get well known without obtruding oneself, and it will come of its own accord by reason of your beautiful pictures. (Theo van Gogh, art dealer)

From success you get a lot of things, but not that great inside thing that love brings you. (Samuel Goldwyn)

The common denominator of success - the secret of success of every person who has been successful - lies in the fact that they formed the habit of doing things that failures don't like to do. (Albert Gray)

Succeeding takes more than technical skill, inspiration or simple forbearance. It incorporates your state of mind, your powers of thought and expression, your self-discipline and your strength of character. (Irwin Greenberg)

For an artist to think in terms of success is like a priest trying to think in terms of success. (Henry Graham Greene)

My success is not who I am. (Judith Guest)

Success is feeling good about the work you do throughout the long, unheralded journey that may or may not wind up at the launch pad. You can't view training solely as a stepping stone to something loftier. It's got to be an end in itself. (Chris Hadfield, astronaut)

When women do succeed, the press, even the industry press, spend far too much time talking about how we dress, what shoes we're wearing, who we're meant to be seeing. That's pretty sad for women, especially when it's written by women who really should know better. (Zaha Hadid)

Success and wealth are not determined by one's monetary value, but by the number of true friends he has. (Hap Hagood)

Inspiration plus discipline equals success. (Andrew Hamilton)

If you don't mark your successes, the day your ship comes in could be just another day at the office, and there's no poetry in that. (Glen Hansard)

Your Success in life is determined by your published goals based on a timeline. Without a timeline your published goals are only a dream, a wish or a prayer. (Clifford Harris)

Success and money can really be quite blinding. (Jim Harrison)

For artists, success happens in the studio. (Bunny Harvey)

None of the secrets of success will work unless you do. (Vic Harville)

When a man's success becomes commonplace to him, it is his success no longer. (Henry S. Haskins)

It is getting what we started to get, not the thing got, which spells success. (Henry S. Haskins)

If you look into the past of the successful painter you will find square miles of canvas behind him. (Charles Hawthorne)

Success is being praised by others...Always aim for achievement and forget about success. (Helen Hayes)

The successful man or woman always looks for the advantage or benefit in every situation and lo and behold, they always find it. (Napoleon Hill)

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. (Napoleon Hill)

The ladder of success is never crowded at the top. (Napoleon Hill)

Success requires no apologies; failure permits no alibis. (Napoleon Hill)

The very things I used to be told off for – daydreaming, exaggerating, making mistakes, wild guessing, contradicting, spying, being obsessive, being reckless – for these, suddenly, I am being praised. (Selima Hill)

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. (Edmund Hillary)

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. (Conrad Hilton)

So long as you refuse to ever acknowledge failure, success becomes eternal, a downward curve, always approaching failure, but never quite reaching it. (John Hodgman)

Success is 99 percent failure. (Soichiro Honda)

Every successful person I have heard of has done the best he could with the conditions as he found them, and not waited until next year for better. (Edgar Watson Howe)

The only success worth one's powder was success in the line of one's idiosyncrasy. What was talent but the art of being completely whatever one happened to be? (Henry James)

On the outside it looks like a meteoric rise. But it never feels like that when one is on the inside... When the honeymoon period is over and it becomes a job. Just a job. Which inevitably it does. (Charlotte Jones)

-father of Matthew Harris Jouett...
I sent Matthew to college to make a gentleman of him, and he has turned out to be nothing but a damned painter. (Jack Jouett)

The artist... standing in the position of mediator between the world of his experience and the world of his dreams - 'a mediator, consequently gifted with twin faculties, a selective faculty and a reproductive faculty.' To equate these faculties was the secret of artistic success. (James Joyce)

Key to success: Find a public need and fill it. (Henry J. Kaiser)

In success there's a tendency to keep on doing what you were doing. (Alan Kay)

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. (Corita Kent)

One fails forward toward success. (Charles F. Kettering)

Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them. (Thomas Kinkade)

Dig into almost every overnight success story and you'll find about a decade's worth of hard work and perseverance. (Austin Kleon)

Superiority and success doesn't favor good effort or self-esteem... The mentally precise and physically fit win, while the mediocre and obtuse take solace in hopeful cliches. (Bob Knight)

The greatest thing about man is his ability to transcend himself, his ancestry and his environment and to become what he dreams of being. (Tully C. Knoles)

I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life. (Dean Koontz)

Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility... in the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have... is the ability to take on responsibility. (Michael Korda)

Luck plays no role in art world success. It's your own responsibility to create your success, which is a result of making thousands of constant decisions - focused, professional tenacity - day after day of keeping commitments to yourself and to those you make promises to. If you fail, it's all your fault. If you succeed, you deserve all the credit. (Mark Kostabi)

It's good to keep in mind that prominence is always a mix of hard work, eloquence in your practice, good timing and fortuitous social relations. Everything can't be personalized. (Barbara Kruger)

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. (Christopher Lasch)

Success in our society has to be ratified by publicity. (Christopher Lasch)

Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything. (Norman Lear)

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top. (Timothy Leary)

Success didn't spoil me, I've always been insufferable. (Fran Lebowitz)

The heart of a champion beats to a different drummer. (John Di Lemme)

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. (Abraham Lincoln)

Success means fulfilling your own dreams, singing your own songs, dancing your own dances, creating from your heart, and trusting that whatever happens, it will be okay. (Elana Lindquist)

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)

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

There are no guidelines for what happens when you get successful as an artist. My heroes were artists like Acconci, and he didn't make any money. That's what I thought success was. (Robert Longo)

Good luck has its storms. (George Lucas)

There is a major disaster when a person allows some success to become a stopping place rather than a way station on to a larger goal. It often happens that an early success is a greater moral hazard than an early failure. (Halford E. Luccock)

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times. (Niccolo Machiavelli)

People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be. (Harvey Mackay)

Success is to fear the white yet still engulf it with your art. (Rick Madson)

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. (Og Mandino)

A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires. (Orison Swett Marden)

Success breeds confidence. (Beryl Markham)

If you're ninety-five percent of the way to outstanding success, doesn't it make sense to go the additional five percent of the way? ... A marathon which takes hours to run, can be won or lost by a matter of seconds. (Ralph Marston)

Learning how to draw necessitates continual re-appraisal of the criteria used to measure our success or failure, and it never exists in an attainable fixed state. We may only ever be just about good enough, and the quest is always the search to improve and make the next drawing better than the last. (Mick Maslen)

Self-actualizing people are those who have come to a high level of maturation, health and self-fulfillment... the values that self-actualizers appreciate include truth, creativity, beauty, goodness, wholeness, aliveness, uniqueness, justice, simplicity, and self-sufficiency. (Abraham Maslow)

In most cases success equals prison... An artist should never be: prisoner of himself, prisoner of a manner, prisoner of a reputation, prisoner of success. (Henri Matisse)

Success is... knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others. (John C. Maxwell)

To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. (Reba McEntire)

I don't have no secrets, it's a work ethic. I work hard. (Wyman Meinzer)

I refuse to be misled by any kind of a mirage about any alleged success of what I write. Those things are too easily exaggerated, and even when they are true, they always mean less than they seem to. (Thomas Merton)

The worst part of success is to try finding someone who is happy for you. (Bette Midler)

Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication. (Cecil B. de Mille)

Excuses are the source of all evil and good will is the mother of all success. (Haim Mizrahi)

As for myself, I met with as much success as I could ever have wanted. In other words, I was enthusiastically run-down by every critic of the period. (Claude Monet)

Now, more than ever, I realize just how illusory my undeserved success has been. I still hold out some hope of doing better, but age and unhappiness have sapped my strength. (Claude Monet)

There are defeats more triumphant than victories. (Michel de Montaigne)

The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed. (Baron de Montesquieu)

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way. (Christopher Morely)

A clear vision of success tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. (Catherine Jo Morgan)

There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it. (Christopher Morley)

I don't think you ever feel a success really because everything could always be done better than you've done it... (John Mortimer)

I am going to make a name for myself. If I fail, you will never hear of me again. (Eadweard Muybridge)

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. (Earl Nightingale)

Success is a process, a quality of mind and way of being – an outgoing affirmation of life. (Alex Noble)

Success is a very scary thing especially after you choose something and everything starts coming at you. It's absolutely frightening because the mind does things. It says, 'You've got to hold on to this or get away from this.' (Nick Nolte)

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren't rich, because in a generous America you don't have to be rich to achieve your potential. (Barack Obama)

God help the troubadour who tries to be a star. The more that you try to find success, the more that you will fail. (Phil Ochs)

The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows. (Aristotle Onassis)

Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can. (Douglas Pagels)

Have success and there will always be fools to say that you have talent. (Edouard Pailleron)

Being first is a footnote; being best is a chapter. (Jim Pallas)

The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed. (Gordon Parks)

I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

When a small child... I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong. (Anna Pavlova)

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously and never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture! (Norman Vincent Peale)

Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe. (Norman Vincent Peale)

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. (Pele)

I will be what I want. But I will have to want what I'll be. Success is in having success, not conditions for success. (Fernando Pessoa)

The cloak of naivete was the uniform of our success: we didn't know it couldn't be done. (Mark Peters)

Success is filled with MSG. (Amy Poehler)

Success is getting what you go after; happiness is liking it after you get it. (Mary Pettibone Poole)

Pride is the never-failing vice of fools. (Alexander Pope)

Success breeds conservatism, and that means a love affair with the status quo and an aversion to change. (Frank Popoff)

We fear discovering that we are more than we think we are... That we actually have the guts, the perserverance, the capacity... because, if it's true, then we become estranged from all we know. (Steven Pressfield)

Success is having other people get excited about a piece I've just done that is moving in a new direction. (Peter Prest)

No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and application of wise thought which counts. (Bob Proctor)

Nothing succeeds like success. (proverb)

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini - My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective. (Maori proverb)

I can equals success. I can't equals failure. (C. A. Pulsifer)

If the painting process is to be successful, we need to be able to apply paint expressively, to compose originally, and to maximize color as well as design. (Stephen Quiller)

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. (Ayn Rand)

Success is messy. But so is life. Deal with it. Poverty is messier. (James Arthur Ray)

Where there's liberty, art succeeds. (Ronald Reagan)

I have arrived more definitely than any other painter during his lifetime; honours shower upon me from every side; artists pay me compliments on my work; there are many people to whom my position must seem enviable ... But I don't seem to have a single real friend! (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

I wish you to be persuaded that success in your art depends almost entirely on your own industry; but the industry which I principally recommend is not the industry of the hands, but of the mind. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

I can give you a six-word formula for success: 'Think things through - then follow through.' (Edward Rickenbacker)

I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking. (Joan Rivers)

If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you'll achieve the same results. (Tony Robbins)

Success comes from taking the initiative and following up... persisting... eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life? (Tony Robbins)

You always succeed in producing a result. (Tony Robbins)

Make the most of whatever it is that floats your boat... (Sir Ken Robinson)

There is no scientific answer for success. You can't define it. You've simply got to live it and do it. (Anita Roddick)

If you want to be successful, it's just this simple: Know what you're doing. Love what you're doing. And believe in what you're doing. (Will Rogers)

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become. (Jim Rohn)

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

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. (Jim Rohn)

Success is the 'discovery,' the creation of an idea, pulling something out of the depths of your mind that never existed before. To further complete that success, a painting is made as a communication tool for that idea. (Jim Rowe)

Unless a man has been taught what to do with success after getting it, the achievement of it must inevitably leave him prey to boredom. (Bertrand Russell)

Success for an artist is completed work. Very successful artists complete a lot of work. It's that simple. (Paul Russo)

-Grant Me a Higher Love
Success in art comes when you complete a project and later look back at it, and think, Who did this? At that moment you realize that your talents, perseverance, and insights were guided by a hand greater than your own. That for one eternal moment in time, your individual soul joined with the collective soul of the universe to create something that would ultimately help the evolution of human consciousness. (Cindi Sansone-Braff)

If we want to succeed, what we have accomplished must always be insufficient when compared to what remains to be done. (Larry E. Santucci)

Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. (Marilyn vos Savant)

- attributed...
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? (Robert H. Schuller)

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)

If at first you don't succeed, have a cup of tea... (Peter Scott)

Success requires persistence, the ability to not give up in the face of failure. I believe that optimistic explanatory style is the key to persistence. (Martin Seligman)

If failure represents a test for an artist's resolve, then no less testing may be artistic success. (Ian Semple)

Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That's why it satisfies nobody. (Seneca)

And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed! (Dr. Seuss)

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. (George Bernard Shaw)

Successful people in this world are those who get up and look for circumstances they want. If they can't find them, they make them. (George Bernard Shaw)

I don't think my successes would've come to me as easily, had I not committed to making the work in such a way that made me uncomfortable. (Amy Sherald)

I was feeling guilty in the beginning; it was frustrating to be successful when a lot of my friends weren't. Also, I was constantly being reminded of that by people in my family making jokes. (Cindy Sherman)

- paraphrase of original quote by Napoleon Hill...
Success requires no explanations, failure presents no alibis. (Fred Shero)

The best revenge is massive success. (Frank Sinatra)

Success makes life easier. It doesn't make living easier. (Bruce Springsteen)

-I'd rather be in the studio
Success has many different definitions. You have to know how to define it for your personal, professional, emotional, and spiritual life. Only you can decide what it means for you... (Alyson B. Stanfield)

-in Lincoln, Nebraska, 1905...
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction. (Bessie Stanley)

The true success is to labour. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success. (Martha Stewart)

True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful. (Paul Sweeney)

I'm not doing my work for constant success. (Rod Taylor)

The bold and sufficient pursue their game with more passion, endeavour, and application, and therefore often succeed. (Sir William Temple)

The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries. If timely, it is quickly adopted; if not, it is apt to fare like a sprout lured out of the ground by warm sunshine, only to be injured and retarded in its growth by the succeeding frost. (Nikola Tesla)

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

Men are born to succeed, not fail. (Henry David Thoreau)

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours. (Henry David Thoreau)

If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal – that is your success. All nature is your congratulation... (Henry David Thoreau)

If, at first, you do succeed, try to hide your astonishment. (Los Angeles Times)

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. (Lily Tomlin)

All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. (Brian Tracy)

Success comes in cans, not can'ts. (Brian Tracy)

The price of success must be paid in full, in advance. (Brian Tracy)

The great secret of success is that there are no secrets of success; there are only timeless principles that have proven effective throughout the centuries. (Brian Tracy)

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early. (Anthony Trollope)

Success depends on our using, and not opposing... (Thomas Troward)

Do what you do well and what you have become known for. Success is to be built upon like a foundation, not gingerly stepped upon like moving ice floes. (Stewart Turcotte)

At some point, we have to move from success to significance. If we don't manage that, life will be soulless and unfulfilling... (Graham Turner)

To succeed you have to be innovative. (Ted Turner)

In every triumph there's a lot of try. (Frank Tyger)

Success won't just come to you. It has to be met at least half way. (Frank Tyger)

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions. (Lao Tzu)

The secret to a successful life is to have to be somewhere Monday morning. (Author unknown)

The road to success runs through the desert of failure. (Author unknown)

When you become successful, it becomes a job. (Author unknown)

That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds. (John Updike)

The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

Pride in workmanship is an excellent tool. It will demand that an artist not settle for less and will work harder to achieve the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. (Stella Violano)

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

We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful... We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose. (Alice Walker)

Real success is making art all your life. (Kay WalkingStick)

Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed. (Booker T. Washington)

The way to succeed is to double your failure rate. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

I started at the top and worked my way down. (Orson Welles)

If the travolator hasn't really started to move by the time you're thirty-five, it's probably not going to. (Richard Wentworth)

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men. (E. B. White)

Success is having a career that you love with every fiber in your body. (Jack White)

In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory. (Alfred North Whitehead)

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. (Oscar Wilde)

Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success. (Oscar Wilde)

Success and failure are equally disastrous. (Tennessee Williams)

Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it... Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching. (Tennessee Williams)

Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and ablities were used in a way that served others. (Marianne Williamson)

Too much success gets you resting on your laurels and creates a kind of quicksand that you can't get out of. (Colin Wilson)

If you have a success, the terror is how on earth can you follow it up. (Peter Wolf)

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. (Tom Wolfe)

I keep a list I call The Whys and Hows List for Success. The Whys include the aroma of the area, the unusual coloring of the day, the memories or the anticipation of the subject, and the excitement of the moment. The Hows include four or five steps necessary to get me started. (Ruth Wynn)

Success in anything is through happiness. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Successful people demand everything from themselves. They show up every day and are accountable to themselves. Everything they do has a hard statement, and they know when to stop. (Miles Patrick Yohnke)

Successful people do all the things unsuccessful people do not want to do. They simply do it. They take the action required. (Miles Patrick Yohnke)

The door to a balanced success opens widest on the hinges of hope and encouragement. (Zig Ziglar)

You do not pay the price of success, you enjoy the price of success. (Zig Ziglar)