130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

One hundred and thirty quotes about success, that’s enough motivate you! Each of us has our own idea of success. So, in this article you will find quotes about professional successpersonal successmistakes and obstacles that we encounter on the way to success. These positive quotes are about failure and the risks, which are, in general, just one more step towards success, but also about perseverance to achieve one’s goals.

Finally, believing in yourself and being passionate about your projects are the keys to success! As we know, success is very often the fruit of our habits, our mindset or our decisions and actions. So, these 140 motivational quotes on success will surely empower you to take action and create your own success. Here we go!

Quotes about the Road to Success: Patience and Persistence, Keys to Success

  • “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Henri David Thoreau

  • “If you look carefully, most overnight successes took a long time.”

Steve Jobs

  • “A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits.”

Napoleon Hill

  • “Success is falling seven times, standing up eight.”

Japanese proverb

  • “Patience is a key to success.”

Bill Gates

  • “The path to success is to take firm and determined action.”

Tony Robbins

  • “Every long journey does, after all, begin with a small step.”


  • “Success is not a destination but a journey.”

Arthur Ashe

  • “Success is not at the end of the road. It is in your very step.”

François Garagnon

  • “The essential conditions for success are patience and the certainty of success.”

John Davidson Rockefeller

  • “Great things are not achieved by force but by persistence.”

Samuel Johnson

  • “Obstinacy is the path to success.”

Charlie Chaplin

  • “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Dale Carnegie

  • “A river cuts through rock not because of its power but rather because of its persistence.”

Jim Watkins

  • “Our greatest weakness is to give up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Thomas Edison

  • “The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”

Napoleon Hill

  • “Don’t judge me by my success, judge me by the number of times I fell and got up again.”

Nelson Mandela

  • “The greatest enemy of our success tomorrow is sometimes our success today.”

John C. Maxwell

Quotes about Challenges and Efforts Related to Success

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

  • “They did not know it was impossible, so they did it.”

Mark Twain

  • “Great achievement is usually born out of great sacrifice and is never the result of selfishness.”

Napoleon Hill

  • “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”


  • “There is more courage than talent in most successes.”

Félix Leclerc

  • “You may face several losses, but you must not be defeated. Remember that your difficulties do not define you. They merely strengthen your ability to overcome them.”

Maya Angelou

  • “There is no easy success, nor definitive failures.”

Marcel Proust

  • “You can’t achieve anything in life without a small amount of sacrifice.”


  • “Judge your successes by what you had to sacrifice to achieve them.”

Dalai Lama

  • “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”


  • “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.”

Booker T. Washington

  • “Those who envy the success of others are normally ignorant of the sacrifices, failures and dedication it took to get there.”

Noël Dejesus

Quotes about Failure: A Step towards Success

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

Jack E. Addington

  • “I missed 9,000 shots in my career. I lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I was trusted to take the victory shot and I missed. I have failed again and again and again in my life. That’s why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

  • “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

Henry Ford

  • “If you want to be successful, you are going to face rejection, and you have to learn to enjoy it.”

David Laroche

  • “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”

Dale Carnegie

  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thomas Edison

  • “Failures serve as rehearsals for success.”

Reed Cathy

  • “Most great people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”

Napoleon Hill

  • “Success is born from failure.”

Chinese proverb

  • “Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.”

Roy Bennett

  • “To succeed, make your failures a step towards success.”

John Graz

  • “Success is made of 99% failure.”

Soichiro Honda

  • “Failure is what gives success its value.”

Unknown author

  • “Success is not about never making a mistake, but never making the same mistake twice.”

Bernard Shaw

  • “Failure is just a temporary change of direction that puts you right back on the road to success.”

Dennis Waitley

  • “What sets ordinary people apart from those who are successful is the perception of failure and the way they react to it.”

John C. Maxwell

Quotes about Professional Success and Success at Work

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

  • “Success is first and foremost about being at work when others are fishing.”

Jean de La Fontaine

  • “Success belongs to everyone, therefore, must be credited to teamwork.”

Franck Piccard

  • “Success: 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

Thomas Edison

  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

Leo Robert Collier

  • “A career is built on failure as well as success.”

Jean Éthier-Blais

  • “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Vidal Sassoon

  • “Success in any career depends more on character than intelligence.”

Jules Payot

  • “The secret to success is to do your daily work a little better than the day before.”

Jules Payot

  • “A winner is someone who has identified his talents, has worked hard to develop them, and has used such capabilities to achieve his goals.”

Larry Bird

  • “Succeeding in life and being successful in life are two different things.”

Kent Nagano

  • “The art of success is knowing how to surround yourself with the best.”

John F. Kennedy

  • “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • “To succeed in this changing world, you have to capture the spirit of the great figures of the past, whose dreams have given civilization all that it has precious.”

Napoleon Hill

Personal Success Quotes

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

  • “What a success, if before the end of your life you look like, even from a distance, what you always wanted to be.”

Marcel Jouhandeau

  • “A successful life is a life that you have led in accordance with your wishes, always acting in accordance with your values, giving the best of yourself in what you do, staying in harmony with who you are, and, if possible, a life that has given you the opportunity to surpass yourself, to devote yourself to something other than yourself and to bring something to humanity, even very humbly, even if it’s very small.”

Laurent Gounelle

  • “To laugh often and much, to win respect, to earn appreciation, to find the beauty in others, to leave the world better; one life has breathed easier because you lived here. That is what it means to succeed in life.”

Ralph Wado Emerson

  • “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”

Henry Ford

  • “Success is doing what you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want and as much as you want.”

Tony Robbins

  • “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is enjoying what you get.”

Jackson H. Brown

  • “Of course, there is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings us.”

Arthur Rubinstein

  • “Life has taught me at least one thing: if someone moves confidently towards their dreams and strives to lead the life they imagined, they will enjoy extraordinary success.”

Henry David Thoreau

  • “To have done more for the world than the world has done for you: that is success.”

Henry Ford

Motivational Quotes for Believing in Your Success, in Yourself, in Your Goals and in Your Dreams

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

  • “Believe in your dreams and they may come true. Believe in yourself and they will surely come true.”

Martin Luther King

  • “People become truly remarkable when they start to think they can do great things. Believing in yourself is the first secret to success. ”

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

  • “You can accomplish everything in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make it a realistic plan, and the will to see the plan through to the end.”

Sidney A. Friedman

  • “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.”

Elon Musk

  • “Believe in yourself, in humanity, in the success of your businesses. Don’t fear anything or anyone.”

Baroness Staffe

  • “Every successful person had a dream and pursued it to the end.”

Tony Robbins

  • “No matter who you are or who you have been, you can be whoever you want.”
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  • “For most of us, the danger is not to aim too high and miss the target, but to aim too low and reach it.”


  • “Success is not a goal, but a means to aim higher.”

Pierre de Coubertin

  • “Self-confidence is already getting more than half of your next success.”

Jean Gastaldi

  • “A large part of my success is due to my ability to convince myself that I can achieve something, even if I don’t know anything about it.”

Tony Robbins

  • “What you get when you reach your goals is not as important as what you become when you reach them.”

Zig Ziglar

  • “We must not think of the objective to be reached; we must only think of moving forward. This is how, by dint of advancing, you reach or double our objectives without even noticing.”

Bernard Werber

Quotes about Success and Associated Risks (or Decisions)

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

  • “If you want to get something you have never had, you have to try something you have never done.”


  • “The only risk is not taking risks.”

Aurélien Amacker

  • “In a rapidly changing world, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is to not take risks.”

Mark Zuckerberg

  • “He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.”

Thomas Fuller

  • “100% of the things you don’t try fail.”

Wayne Gretzky

  • “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”

John Rockefeller

  • “Whenever you see a successful business, tell yourself it is because one day someone made a courageous decision.”

Peter Drucker

  • “Success is a decision.”

David Laroche

  • “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

Abraham Lincoln

  • “Seeing the possible where others see the impossible is the key to success.”

Charles-Albert Poissant

Quotes about the Mindset of those who Succeed, the Winner Mindset

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

  • “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

Henry Ford

  • “Great achievements are always preceded by great thoughts.”

Steve Jobs

  • “The cause of success or failure is much more a mental attitude than a mental capacity.”

Walter Scott

  • “Skills are what you can do. Motivation determines what you do. Your attitude determines your level of success.”

Lou Holtz

  • “There is in every human being a sleeping faculty, whether developed or not, which enables everyone to succeed, provided that the desire for success is found in the conscious mind.”

Erna Ferrell Grabe

  • “Successful people ask themselves better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”

Tony Robbins

  • “Do not try to become a person of success but try to become a person of value.”

Albert Einstein

  • “A successful person focuses on what he expects from life, not what he does not want.”

Napoleon Hill

  • A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

Nelson Mandela

  • “Success is a state of mind. If you want to succeed, start by thinking of yourself as a winner.”

Joyce Brothers

  • “The secret to success is to learn to use pain and pleasure, instead of letting pain and pleasure use you. By doing so, you control your life. Otherwise, it’s your life that controls you.”

Tony Robbins

  • “The secret of success – if there is one – is the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes, and to consider things from his or her point of view as well as your own.”

Henry Ford

  • “If you want to succeed, you have to follow one rule: never lie to yourself.”

Paulo Coelho

Success and Passion Quotes

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

  • “It is rare for people to succeed if they do not enjoy what they are doing.”

Dale Carnegie

  • “Success generally happens to those who are passionate and therefore too busy to seek it.”

Henry David Thoreau

  • “When you follow your calling, fatigue becomes easier to bear, disappointments are a fuel and the highs will be like nothing you’ve never felt.”

Phil Knight

  • “Success smiles on those who do things with passion, not with reason.”

Jack Welch

  • “The starting point for all success is desire. Always keep this in mind. A weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire produces a low amount of heat.”

Napoleon Hill

  • ”Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

Friedrich Hegel

  • “Success is loving yourself, loving what you do, and loving how you do it.”

Maya Angelou

  • “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you like what you do, you will succeed.”

Albert Schweitzer

“Follow your passion and success will follow you”

Quotes about Success: Action!

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

  • “Action is what creates any great success. Action is what works.”

Tony Robbins

  • “Successful people start life with the same disadvantages as we do. They just found a way to turn them into assets.”

Sidney A. Friedman

  • “People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and made things happen.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

  • “Taking action erases fear. Who dares wins.”

Winston Churchill

  • “The difficulty of succeeding only adds to the need for effort.”

Pierre Beaumarchais

  • “Having the courage to do something is one of the main factors of success.”

James A. Worsham

  • “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that. The really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Mark Twain

  • “For everything to go well, you will only have to do a few good things in your life as long as you do not do too many bad things. You don’t have to do things extraordinary to get extraordinary results.”

Warren Buffet

  • “There is nothing to being successful, there is only doing our best. Then letting go of it all, to breathe, smile, and live.”

Christophe André

  • “Winners find ways, losers find excuses.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • “The hardest part is deciding to act, the rest is just tenacity.”

Amelia Earhart

  • “A hallmark of successful people is that they are action oriented. A hallmark of average people is that they are talk oriented.”

Brian Tracy

  • “Success does not come to you; you go to it.”

Marva Collins

Quotes about Self-Discipline and Habits to Put in Place for Success

130 Success Quotes for Motivation!

  • “We do not succeed because we have no weakness; we succeed because we find strengths and we strive to develop habits around these strengths.”

Tim Ferriss

  • “Both success and failure are largely the usual results!”

Napoleon Hill

  • “You will never change your life without changing something daily. The secret to success lies in your daily routine.”

John C. Maxwell

  • “Motivation gets you started, but it’s habit that keeps you going.”

Jim Ryun

  • “I have often observed that the cause of the success or non-success of men depended on their way of accommodating their behavior in times.”

Niccolo Machiavelli

Brian Tracy

  • “With determination, availability, discipline, success is at your fingertips.”

Philip Roth

  • “The successful person is the individual who forms the habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.”

Donald Riggs

  • “Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”

Robert T. Kiyosaki

What about you, what is your favorite success quote? What motivates you the most in your quest for success? Don’t hesitate to share your quote with us!