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Comment#  ·   Fair (113 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.

Charlie McCarthy, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (92 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998 by Tim McGowan

I must catch up with the others, for I am their leader.

Tim McGowan, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (60 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Herman Melville, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (137 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (76 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When one is trying to do something beyond one's known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.

Henry Miller, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (201 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Marty Milner

Modesty is the opium of the mediocre.

Marty Milner, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (349 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Be nice to people on your way up because you'll need them on your way down.

Wilson Mizner, in Success and Failure and Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (54 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.

Joe Namath, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (63 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.

Joe Clark, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (93 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke, Technology and the Future, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (59 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Intelligence is nothing without delight.

Paul Claudel, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (67 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

Appius Claudius, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (137 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?

Jean Cocteau, in Altruism and Cynicism and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (85 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.

Edwin Louis Cole, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (63 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Robert Collier, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (203 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Alan Kay, in Success and Failure and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (107 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.

Danny Kaye, in Life and Death and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (419 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.

John Keats, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (70 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.

Helen Keller, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (116 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.

Walt Kelly, in Success and Failure

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