So what is success?

There is one answer that I like a lot.  This inspirational quote for success is often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but actually was written by Bessie Stanley in 1905.


To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded

If an inspirational quote for success can spur you on to make your own mark in the world, here are a few for your consideration.


 Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
Erma Bombeck

I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Keller

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
David Brinkley

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie

Yesterday I dared to struggle. 
Today I dare to win.
Bernardette Devlin

Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Benjamin Disraeli

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
John F. Kennedy

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

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
George S. Patton

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
Ayn Rand

There is nothing to fear but fear itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
Jonathan Winters


What a great selection of inspirational quotes for success.

Also, work is such an important part of most people's lives that you might take a look at the Inspirational Work Quotes too.

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