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Quotations for ESL/EFL learners: Success

Note #1: Success - the accomplishment of an aim; the attainment of wealth, fame.
Note #2: The bold words are not contained in VOA Special English Word Book. You can click the bold words for additional information.

Success is 10% inspiration, 90% last-minute changes.

Success has ruined many a man.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), U.S. statesman and scientist.

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881), British writer and prime minister

A minute's success pays the failure of years.
Robert Browning (1812 - 1889), British poet.

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), American writer, philosopher, and naturalist.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill(1874 - 1965), British politician and prime minister.

Success breeds confidence.
Beryl Markham (1902 - 1986), British aviator and author.

Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.
Arnold Glasow (1905 - 1998), U.S. humorist.

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
Lana Turner (1920 - 1995), U.S. actor.

Most success comes from ignoring the obvious.
Trevor Holdsworth, British business executive.

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vidal Sassoon, British hairdresser.

Innovation is a necessary condition for business success - but not a sufficient condition for business success.
Randall L. Tobias, U.S. business executive.

Growth does not always lead a business to build on success. All too often it converts a highly successful business into a mediocre large business.
Richard Branson, British entrepreneur and publicist.

Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.
Al Bernstein, U.S. sportcaster and writer.

The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.
Edward Simmons

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