90 Success Quotes to Help You Live Your Best Life

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No matter who you are, chances are you’ve needed some motivation to be successful at some point in your life. Despite the term “overnight success,” no one actually achieves it in that timeframe — and sometimes that reminder helps. If you’re feeling discouraged or just need a little pick-me-up, it’s important to motivate yourself and remember that you are your biggest cheerleader.

When you need a little motivation, it’s important to remember that all of these people, from Walt Disney to Oprah Winfrey, started exactly where you did. They were all disheartened or felt like they weren’t going to succeed — but they picked themselves back up and kept on going. This is your life and you only get one shot, so might as well make the most of it, right?

Luckily, you don’t have to do all the work to motivate yourself. We’ve got you covered with 90 (we’re serious about helping you be your best!) quotes about success to help you get back on your feet and live your absolute best life. Whether you’re searching for success in career, life, family, or beyond, you’ll be sure to find a quote that resonates with you and might even become your new go-to mantra.

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Being Successful in Life

1. “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” —Maya Angelou

2. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” —Walt Disney

3. “Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” —Helen Keller

4. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill

5. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” —Ayn Rand

6. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” —Mark Twain

7. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” —Mae West

8. “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way.” —Vera Wang

10. “Do what you can, with all you have, wherever you are.” —Theodore Roosevelt

11. “Fall seven times, and stand up eight.” —Japanese Proverb

12. “It’s better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation.” —Herman Melville

13. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” —Billie Jean King

14. “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” —Arnold Palmer

15. “Compete with yourself, not with others.” —Sophia Amoruso

 Achieving Success in Your Career

16. “If you look really closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” —Steve Jobs

17. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” —Estee Lauder

18. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” —Unknown

19. “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.” —Oprah Winfrey

20. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” —Thomas Jefferson

21. “Nothing will work unless you do.” —Maya Angelou

22. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” —Unknown

23. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

24. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” —Peter Drucker

25. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” —Beverly Sills

26. “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” —Tony Hsieh

27. “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” —Brené Brown

28. “Success comes to those who are too busy to look for it.” —Henry David Thoreau

29. “You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do.” —Henry Ford

30. “There no longer has to be a difference between who you are and what you do.” —Gary Vaynerchuk

Finding Success in Love

31. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” —Maya Angelou

32. “Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” —Lord Byron

33. “The giving of love is an education in itself.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

34. “Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” —Seneca

35. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” —Oprah Winfrey

36. “Love is a better teacher than duty.” —Albert Einstein

37. “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

38. “For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” —Carl Sagan

39. “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” —Morrie Schwartz

40. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” —Charles Schulz

41. “We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.” —Brené Brown

42. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” —Paul McCartney

43. “Let us all meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” —Mother Teresa

44. “Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” —Fred Rogers

45. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” —Dalai Lama

Reaching Success With Money

46. “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” —Henry David Thoreau

47. “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” —Ayn Rand

48. “Money is like muck—not good unless it be spread.” —Francis Bacon

49. “There are people who have money, and people who are rich.” —Coco Chanel

50. “Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.” —P.T. Barnum

51. “People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.” —Joan Rivers

52. “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” —Johnathan Swift

53. “There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich.” —Marlene Dietrich

54. “Money is usually attracted, not pursued.” —Jim Rohn

55. “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” —Unknown

56. “Before you invest in yourself, you have to invest in your long-term future.” —Gary Vaynerchuk

57. “Treat your mind like money, don’t waste it.” —Sophia Amoruso

58. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” —Nelson Mandela

59. “What counts the most for women, is having the confidence to make your own money.” —Cardi B

60. “You can be young without money, but you can’t be old without it.” —Tennessee Williams

Growing Success With Family

61. “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” —Michael J. Fox

62. “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” —Mother Teresa

63. “The family is the first essential cell of human society.” — Pope John XXII

64. “Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.” —J.K. Rowling

65. “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” —Lilo & Stitch

66. “The family—that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our innermost hearts, ever quite wish to.” —Dodie Smith

67. “The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.” —Lee Iacocca

68. “You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges.” —Elizabeth Berg

69. “A man travels the world in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” —George A. Moore

70. “A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.” —Mary Karr

71. “It doesn’t matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it.” —Peter Buffett

72. “Family is the most important thing in the world.” —Princess Diana

73. “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” —George Bernard Shaw

74. “I sustain myself with the love of family.” —Maya Angelou

75. “You go through life wondering what it is all about, but at the end of the day it’s all about family.” —Rod Stewart

Having Success in Health

76. “All the money in the world can’t buy you back good health.” —Reba McEntire

77. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi

78. “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” —Ingrid Bergman

79. “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” —Buddha

80. “Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” —Anne Wilson Schaef

81. “Our bodies are our gardens—our wills are our gardeners.” —William Shakespeare

82. “Take care of your mind, your body will thank you. Take care of your body, your mind will thank you.” —Debbie Hampton

83. “Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.” —George Bernard Shaw

84. “I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” —Joyce Meyer

85. “It is health that is real wealth, and not pieces of gold or silver.” —Mahatma Gandhi

86. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure.” —Unknown

87. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” —Jim Rohn

88. “From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.” —Catalan proverb

89. “Health is the first muse, comprising the magical benefits of air, landscape, and bodily exercise on the mind.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

90. “Money cannot buy health, but I’d settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair.” —Dorothy Parker

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