30 successful quotes

The world is facing uncertain and tumultuous times. But the most important thing to remember is that, for the most part, we control our own reality and our reaction to it.  Happiness and success are mostly states of mind, and this selection of inspiring quotes can hopefully induce happiness and success for you and those around you.

  1. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
  2. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” ― Dale Carnegie
  4. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” –Vince Lombardi
  5. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
  6. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” –Walter Anderson
  7. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
  8. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Goethe
  9. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Roy Goodman
  10. “Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” – Stephen Covey
  11. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
  12. “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” ― Ayn Rand
  14. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley
  15. “Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington
  16. “All happiness depends on courage and work.” ― Honoré de Balzac
  17. “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  18. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius
  19. “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz
  20. “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley
  21. “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ― Steve Maraboli
  22. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison
  23. “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” ― Aristotle
  24. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
  25. “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
  26. “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” ― G.K. Chesterton
  27. “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley
  28. “Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.” ― Viktor E. Frankl,
  29. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
  30. “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis

I hope you found this collection of quotes inspiring. What are your favorite and most inspiring quotes? Please share them and any thoughts you might have in the comments below. 

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