Inspirational Success Quotes

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”
Ingrid Bergman

“The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.”
William Feather

“The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.”
Foe Ancis

“If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of becoming a prophet.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.”
Gertrude Stein

“Don’t mistake pleasures for happiness. They are a different breed of dog.”
Josh Billings

“Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.”
Arnold H. Glasgow

“You can’t look at a sleeping cat and be tense.”
Jane Pauley

“If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of fun out of owning one.”
Andrew S. Rodney, from Not That You Asked…

“Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable.”

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the popularity of dogs.”
Aldous Hexley

“The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles, too.”
Herbert Samuels

Success Quotes: Business Success

“If you have a job without aggravation, you don’t have a job.”
Malcolm Forbes

“Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
Peter Drucker

“Everything is hard before it is easy.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”
Napoleon Hill

“I’ve always been the opposite of paranoid. I operate as if everyone is part of a plot to enhance my well-being.”
Stan Dale

Success Quotes: continued

“He who cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good.”
Yiddish Proverb

[by “guts” I mean] grace under pressure.
Ernest Hemingway
Quoted in the New Yorker

“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.”
Robert Allen

“What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman.”
Max Lucado

“Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”
Alexander Graham Bell

“Act boldly and unforeseen forces will come to your aid.”

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”
Eric Hoffer

Success Quotes: Risk

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
Andre Gide

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
John Wooden

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
Lou Holtz

“No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration.”

Success Quotes: Determination

“Do not wait for a change of environment before you act. Cause a change of environment through action. You can act upon your present environment so as to cause yourself to be transferred to a better environment.”
Wallace D. Wattles

“When you study success, what you’re really studying is psychology because it’s all in the mind.”
Colleen Kettenhofen, Speaker and Author

“If I am through learning I am through.”
John Wooden

“Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you learn how to do it well.”
Zig Ziglar

“Be like a postage stamp – stick to one thing until you get there.”
Josh Billings

“You can do anything in this world if you’re prepared to take the consequences.”
W. Somerset Maugham

“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
Ken Blanchard

“Stretch a rubber band slowly out of its comfort zone. Too fast and it breaks.”
Colleen Kettenhofen, Speaker and Author

“Opportunities are often things you haven’t noticed the first time around.”
Catherine Deneuve

“It’s never crowded along the extra mile.”
Wayne Dyer

“Can a faith that does nothing be called sincere?”
Jean Racine

“An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.”
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

“The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.”
Malcolm S. Forbes

“Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house; and thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.”
Malachi 3:10

“If I miss a day of practice, I know it. If I miss two days, my manager knows it. If I miss three days, my audience knows it.”
Andre Previn

Success Quotes: Education

“If a man writes a book, let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough of my own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

”Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
Joseph Addison

“Books are the quietist and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of all counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
Charles W. Eliot,
The Durable Satisfactions of Life

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
Robert Frost, Poet

Inspirational Success Quotes: Overcoming Adversity

“Talent develops in quiet, character in the torrent of the world.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Forget the times of your distress but never forget what they taught you.”
Herbert Gasser

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.”

“If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.”
Dolly Parton

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
Oprah Winfrey

“In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.”
John Churchton Collins

“A wounded deer leaps the highest.”
Emily Dickinson

Colleen Kettenhofen is a Phoenix, Arizona motivational speaker and author. Colleen specializes in dealing with difficult people, presentation skills training, leadership, managing people, and team building.

Inspirational Success Quotes: continued

“One cannot get through life without pain…What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us.”
Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Where there’s Marriage without Love, there will be Love without Marriage.”
Ben Franklin

“Remorse begets reform.”
William Cowper

Success Quotes: misc.

“Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.”
Saint Augustine, Sermons

“Optimism and humor are the grease and glue of life. Without both of them we would never have survived our captivity.”
Philip Butler, Vietnam POW

“I am happy and content because I think I am.”
Alein-Rene Lesage

“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.”
F.H. Bradley

“Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Work and love. These are the basics. Without them there is neurosis.”
Theodore Reik

Inspirational Success Quotes: Communication

“Words, once they’re printed, have a life of their own.”
Carol Burnett

“A half truth is a whole lie.”
Yiddish Proverb

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”
Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

“If someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind word you ever spoke and five cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?”

“I’ve always found it very important to do your homework first and then talk.”
Irwin M. Jacobs,
Qualcomm Inc. CEO

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”
Peter F. Drucker

“We are never so generous as when giving advice.”
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.”
Henry S. Haskins,
Meditations in Wall Street

“One filled with joy preaches without preaching.”
Mother Teresa

“What we do not understand, we do not possess ourselves.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.”
Samuel Johnson

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