If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) – Attributed – but unclear. Earliest reference in print is Eliza Cook’s Journal Vol. 2, (1854), p. 128, but without credit to an author.
We mount to heaven mostly on the ruins of our cherished schemes, finding our failures were successes.
Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888 ) Quoted in Treasury of Thought forming an Encyclopedia of Quotations from Ancient and Modern Authors, Maturin M. Ballou, 10th ed., p127.
Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; but if a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) – Meditations (c. 161–180 CE) Book VI, 19
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
Author Unknown – Attributed to Thoreau, but not found in his writings.
It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) – Novum Organum (The New Organon), 1620, Aphorism 81
The key to success is to risk thinking unconventional thoughts. Convention is the enemy of progress.
Trevor Baylis (1937 – ) – Quote embedded in the short video “Winding Up,” by Matthew Scholes, Focus Forward Short Film finalist, 2013, http://www.focusforwardfilms.com/contest/51/winding-up-matthew-scholes
Success is full of promise till men get it; and then it is last year’s nest from which the bird has flown.
Henry Ward Beecher – Quoted in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 567.
Success is brought by continued labor and continued watchfulness. We must struggle on, not for one moment hesitate, nor take one backward step.
William Jennings Bryan – Illinois College Valedictory (1881)
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.
Pearl S. Buck – quoted in An Apple for the Teacher: Fundamentals for Instructional Computing (1983) by George H. Culp and Herbert N. Nickles, p. 190
If failure has the strength to turn your life into bitterness itself, then patience has the strength to turn your life into the sweetest joy. Do not surrender to fate after a single failure. Failure, at most, precedes success.
Sri Chinmoy – Songs of the Soul (1971)
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) – Quoted in The Prodigal Project : Book I : Genesis (2003) by Ken Abraham and Daniel Hart, p. 224
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Attributed to Churchill without a direct source: Churchill, W. “Churchill on Leadership”, Success, Success Magazine Company 44 (1997): 55-64.
A champion is one who gets up when he can’t.
Jack Dempsey – quoted in The Educator’s Book of Quotes, Corwin Press, 2003, p58.
Success is the child of audacity.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804–81) – The Rise of Iskander ch. 4 (1833)