Quotations About / On: SUCCESS

  • 41.
    Human nature is the same everywhere; it deifies success, it has nothing but scorn for defeat.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Joan of Arc, bk. 1, ch. 8 (1896).)
  • 42.
    The more defects a man may have, the older he is, the less lovable, the more resounding his success.
    (Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Clément, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791). Pseudonym of Comte Donatien Alphonse Françoise.)
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  • 43.
    People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
    (Anne Sullivan (1866-1936), U.S. educator of the deaf and blind. letter, Oct. 30, 1887. Quoted in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life (1903). Of teaching Helen Keller.)
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  • 44.
    In Washington, success is just a training course for failure.
    (Simon Hoggart (b. 1946), British journalist. America: A User's Guide, ch. 1 (1990).)
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  • 45.
    If I die prematurely at any rate I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 138, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
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  • 46.
    Whilst all the world is in pursuit of power, culture corrects the theory of success.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860). Stanley Cavell has argued that Emerson is here referring to Kant's philosophical problem of succession. That is, how can we come to know a world that appears to be a mere surface succession of images that constantly flow by us and are ever changing. As Emerson says in the opening poem to "Culture": "And the world's flowing fates in/his own mould recast." The "mould" may refer to Kant's mental categories with which he argues we organize and order the world. Emerson's response to Kant is founded, in essence, on a pun on "success" and "succession" where worldly material success has also to do with the epistemological play of phenomena.)
  • 47.
    The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 48.
    The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 49.
    A man may be defeated by his own secondary successes.
    (Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters, vol. 1, p. 247.)
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  • 50.
    Yet we must try the harder, the less the prospect of success.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 286, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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