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Comment#  ·   Fair (680 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Happiness: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Love and Hate and Success and Failure

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (741 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Hatred: A sentiment appropriate to the occasion of another's superiority.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Love and Hate and Success and Failure

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (481 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Misfortune: The kind of fortune that never misses.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Success and Failure

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (1042 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Chris Blake

The majority of the time, the thing that gets in the way of success... is your brain.

Chris Blake, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (222 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (293 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

George Bernard Shaw, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (780 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You see things and you say, "Why?" But I see things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"

George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah, Part I, Act I (1921), in Success and Failure

Back to Methuselah (hardcover)

Comment#  ·   Fair (33 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To deny we need and want power is to deny that we hope to be effective.

Liz Smith, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (249 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.

Bessie Stanley, in Happiness and Misery and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (316 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There are really not many jobs that actually require a penis or a vagina, and all other occupations should be open to everyone.

Gloria Steinem, in Men and Women and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (24 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.

Casey Stengal, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (37 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Bravery and stupidity go hand in hand.

David Summers, in Success and Failure and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (472 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

Sun Tzu, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (49 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

Publilius Syrus, in Success and Failure and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (33 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.

Publilius Syrus, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (41 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.

Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (54 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.

Dylan Thomas, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (44 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.

Virgil Thomson, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (260 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power of the greatest obstacle.

Henry David Thoreau, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (64 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.

Lily Tomlin, in Success and Failure

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