105 Quotes From Famous People Who Succeeded In Life And Career

There is no better source of inspiration than from those who have gone through the difficulties of life. No matter what stage you are in your career, chances are that you need a bit of advice and motivation to move forward. Quotes from famous people who have achieved success in various areas of their lives may also go a long way to inspire you to push further. Their success mantras will not only shape your life but will also go a long way to motivate you to your utmost potential. Here are thought-provoking, insightful and motivating quotes from famous people who have succeeded in life.

Short Quotes From Famous And Success People

1. You get what you settle for. ― Thelma and Louise

2. The best revenge is massive success. ― Frank Sinatra

3. I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying. ― Jay-Z

4. Better to build a bridge than a wall. ― Elton John

5. If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success ― Malcolm X

6. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. ― Vince Lombardi

7. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. ― Oscar Wilde

8. To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. ― Mark Twain

9. Never Say Never if you know you can do what you love don’t give up. ― Justin Bieber

10. Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart. ― Will Smith

11. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. ― John F. Kennedy

12. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. ― Booker T. Washington

13. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ― Vidal Sassoon

14. The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. — Oprah Winfrey

15. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. ― Alice Walker

16. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. ―  Tony Robbins

17. A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. ― John A. Shedd

18. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. ― T. S. Eliot

19. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. ― Peter Drucker

20. Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success. ― Bo Bennett

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

22. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. ― Stephen Covey

23. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ― Mahatma Gandhi

24. It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change. ― Charles Darwin

25. I attribute my success to this: I never took nor gave any excuses. ― Florence Nightingale

26. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ― Abraham Lincoln

27. The formula of happiness and success is just, being actually yourself, in the most vivid possible way you can. ― Meryl Streep

28. I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself. ― Albert Einstein

29. You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you. ― Marissa Mayer

30. 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

32. The path to success is to take massive determined action. ― Tony Robbins quote

33. One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ― Bob Marley

34. If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it. ― Muhammad Ali

35. Nobody can hurt me without my permission. ― Mahatma Gandhi

36. I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. ― Galileo Galilei

37. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. ― Maya Angelou

38. You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ― Marcus Aurelius

39. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ― Mark Twain

40. Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. ― Mark Zuckerberg

41. You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do every day. ― Jason Mraz

42. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.― Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

43. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase ― Martin Luther King Jr.

44. You can’t give up! When you give up, you’re like everybody else! ― Chris Evert

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

46. Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do. ― Denzel Washington

47. If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. ― Isaac Newton

48. Never doubt yourself. Never change who you are. Don’t care what people think and just go for it. ― Britney Spears

49. Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. ― Napoleon Bonaparte

50. When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye. ― Cathy Guisewite

Quotes From Famous People To Teach and Inspire You

Quotes From Famous People
Quotes From Famous People

51. Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better. — Gordon B. Hinckley

52. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ― Henry Ford

53. The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors. ― Napoleon Hill

54. What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate. ― Donald Trump

55. Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. — Og Mandino

56. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. ― Barack Obama

57. You must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide. ― Ingrid Bergman

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

59. If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know & start charging for it. ― Kim Garst

60. If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down. ― Eminem

61. Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

62. Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. ― John Maxwell

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63. The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens. ―  Beyonce

64. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. ― Oprah Winfrey

65. I think the first half of my 20s, I felt I had to achieve, achieve, achieve. A lot of men do this. I’m looking around now and I’m like, where am I running? ― Justin Timberlake

66. 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 do. ― Bob Dylan

67. Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. ―  Denis Waitley

68. People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. — Edmund Hillary

69. No matter how hard you kick, no matter how high you get, you can’t go all the way around. ― John Green

70. If you want something out of life you have to go out there and get it, because it is not just going to be given to you. ― Kelvin Waites

71. In this life, when you deny someone an apology, you will remember it at the time you beg forgiveness. ― Toba Beta

72. Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. ― Marilyn Monroe

73. If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters – 204 if you’re in Japan. ― Claire Cook

74. Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can. ― Hillary Clinton

75. I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. ― Bruce Lee

76. For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. ― Audrey Hepburn

77. There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ― Nelson Mandela

78. 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

79. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ― Thomas Jefferson

80. No matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off, or how and who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny. ― Barack Obama

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81. You learn from the mistakes you make and from the mistakes other people make. The truth is, you don’t learn from success; you learn from failure. ― George Clooney

82. Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. ― Golda Meir

83. 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

84. 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

86. Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. — William Faulkner

87. Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ― Dale Carnegie

88. Low self-confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered — just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better. ― Barrie Davenport

89. Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen. ― Dax Shepard

90. Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. ― Oprah Winfrey

91. Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me. ― Denzel Washington

92. There are three things you can do with your life: You can waste it, you can spend it, or you can invest it. The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will last longer than your time on Earth. ― Rick Warren

93. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. ― Swami Vivekananda

94. Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I’ve never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. ― Charles F. Kettering

95. My ruthless desire to win at all costs served me well on the bike but the level it went to, for whatever reason, is a flaw. That desire, that attitude, that arrogance. ― Lance Armstrong

Funny Quotes From Famous People

96. If you can’t convince them, confuse them. ― Harry S. Truman

97. Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer. ― Ellen DeGeneres

98. No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. ― Abraham Lincoln

99. Always roll up the sleeves on your shirt. It gives the impression that you’re working, even if you’re not. ― Ashton Kutcher

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100. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. ―  Oscar Wilde

101. Never trust people who smile constantly. They’re either selling something or not very bright. ― Laurell K. Hamilton

102. Fame is like caviar, you know – it’s good to have caviar but not when you have it at every meal. ― Marilyn Monroe

103. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ―  Albert Einstein

104. If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments. ― Steven Wright

105. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile. ― Billy Sunday

Chika Udeh
Chika Udeh
Chika holds a B.A in English language/History and has over 5 years experience in content development and journalism. She loves playing with writing, wordsmiths, and storytelling in all its forms, and when she is not writing about famous people and events that matter, she is probably listening or dancing to some cool jams.

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