Inspirational and Motivational Success Quotes by Famous People


Napoleon Hill

Born on October 26, 1883;
Died on November 8, 1970

Occupation: A renowned American author, speaker and thinker on personal success
Notable works: Think and Grow Rich, The Law of Success

“Concentration of effort and the habit of working with a definite chief aim are two of the essential factors in success which are always found together. One leads to the other.”

“Before success comes in any man’s life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures.When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.”

“Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win – essential to success.”

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. “

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. “

“No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.“

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. “

“Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.”


Norman Vincent Peale

Born on May 31, 1898 Bowersville, Ohio;
Died on December 24, 1993

Occupation: Author, Professional Speaker, Thinker and Minister
Notable works: The Power of Positive Thinking

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.”

“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.”

“Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.”

“Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.”

“We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.”


Dale Carnegie

Born on November 24, 1888, Maryville, Missouri;
Died on November 1, 1955

Occupation: Writer, Lecturer, Motivational Speaker
Notable Work: How to Win Friends and Influence People

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.”

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

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

“Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”

“Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.”

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.”
“You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.”


Andrew Carnegie

Born on November 25, 1835, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland;
Died on August 11, 1919

Occupation: Business magnate and Philanthropist

“The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.”

“There is little success where there is little laughter.”

“Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

“All achievements, all earned riches have their beginning in an idea.”

“No man becomes rich without himself enriching others.”

“You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb a little.”

“The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.”

“Success can be attained in any branch of labor. There’s always room at the top in every pursuit.”

“And here is the prime condition of success, the great secret. Concentrate your energy, thoughts and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged in. Having begun in one line, resolve to fight it out on that line; to lead in it. Adopt every improvement, have the best machinery and know the most about it.”

“The secret of success lies not in doing your own work but in recognizing the best person to do it.”

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”

“I believe that the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line”


Michael Korda

Born on born 8 October 1933, London

Occupation: A writer, Editor and Novelist

“Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility… in the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have… is the ability to take on responsibility.”

“Success has always been easy to measure. It is the distance between one’s origins and one’s final achievement.”

“The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by somebody else’s rules, while quietly playing by your own.”

“The freedom to fail is vital if you’re going to succeed. Most successful people fail from time to time, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success.”

“This is true enough, but success is the next best thing to happiness, and if you can’t be happy as a success, it’s very unlikely that you would find a deeper, truer happiness in failure.”

“Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you desire from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out.”

“To succeed it is necessary to accept the world as it is and rise above it.”


Orison Swett Marden

Born in 1850
Died in 1924

Occupation: Writer and Physician

Notable Work: Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties, How to Succeed or, Stepping-Stones to Fame and Fortune, Architects of Fate or, Steps to Success and Power, The Secret of Achievement, Every Man a King, An Iron Will, Be Good to Yourself, Ambition, Prosperity – How to Attract It, He Can Who Thinks He Can ,

“When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, this is happiness, this is success.”

“All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.”

“A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.”

“A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires.”

“Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.”

“Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.”

“No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.”

“No man can be ideally successful until he has found his place. Like a locomotive he is strong on the track, but weak anywhere else.”

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”

“Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.”

“The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other.”

“To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success.”

“You will never succeed while smarting under the drudgery of your occupation, if you are constantly haunted with the idea that you could succeed better in something else.”


Robin Sharma

Born in 1965

Occupation: Author, Motivational Speaker

Notable Works: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The Greatness Guide, Discover Your Destiny With The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The Saint The Surfer And The CEO, Who Will Cry When You Die

“Success is all about consistency around the fundamentals.”

“Do you know why most people sleep so much?” “Why?” “Because they really don’t have anything else to do. Those who rise with the sun all have one thing in common.” “Insanity?” “Very funny. No, they all have a purpose that fans the flames of their inner potential.”

“Weak minds lead to weak actions. A strong, disciplined mind, which anyone can cultivate though daily practice, can achieve miracles. If you want to live life to the fullest, care for your thoughts as you would your most prized possessions. Work hard to remove all inner turbulence. The rewards will be abundant.”

“The doorway to success swings outward not inward.”

“Measure the success of your days by the lives touched vs the hours passed.”

“The quality of success you will experience in your life ultimately depends upon the tiny choices you make every minute of every hour of every day.”


Tony Robbins

Born on February 29, 1960

Occupation: Motivational Speaker, Author, Actor and Peak Performance Coach

Notable Works: Awaken the Giant Within, Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement, Giant Steps, Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Control of Your Life

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.”

“My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain – and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.”

“Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting… eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?”

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

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.”


Zig Ziglar

Born on November 6, 1926

Occupation: Motivational Speaker, Salesman, Author

Notable Works: See You at the Top, Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale, Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World, Top Performance: How to Develop Excellence in Yourself and Others, Selling 101: What Every Successful Sales Professional Needs to Know, Better Than Good: Creating a Life You Can’t Wait to Live, Embrace the Struggle: Living Life on Life’s Terms

“I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”

“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”

“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”

“If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”’

“If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.”

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.”

“Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands.”

“Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.”

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”

“You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.”

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  • Susan Velez

    White men aren’t the only famous, successful or always most interesting and motivational people on the planet. Women have some amazing things to say and so do people of color. I invite you to broaden your sources.

  • admin

    Hi Susan!
    The collection above is intentional; there is one more I’m compiling and it’ll feature some notable women such as Helen keller, Mary Kay Ash and many more :-)

    And I agree to what you said “White men aren’t the only famous, successful or always most interesting and motivational people on the planet.”

    It’s a start up website, yet I have featured as many black African and Asian people :-)
    Please visit the archive section and read articles (many of them feature women)

    Thanks for your input!
    Sincerely,
    Mousumi

  • http://www.aztech-media.com Amanda Simmons

    I disagree with Susan’s perception about white men. One of the reasons why we see more white men behind greatest inventions and books and sayings is the fact that the black community, for centuries, lived in suppression. The time when Newton was writing gravitational law and other theories, a majority of black African were not free…..

    Today, it’s an entirely different world and there is no point getting biased about white men….