Top 20 Most Famous Quotes of Successful People

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Famous and successful people are remembered for their unmatched work, principles, ideas, and their words. Their words most of the time are even more powerful than the people who said it. This is because as long as the quotes come from a successful individual, it matters—it becomes relevant and it influences others.

What are the top 20 most famous quotes of successful people?

  1. Thomas Jefferson once said that: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
  2. Who can forget Euripides words? “Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.”
  3. “Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.” And if you will instill these words of Theodore T. Hunger in mind, success will always be your personal companion.
  4. Do you know what the surest way to success is? Well, take these words of Richard Brinsley Sheridan: “The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.”
  5. Successful people didn’t become successful for no reason, they became successful because they know an idea that nobody has thought of. And as Aristotle Onassis once stated: “The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.”
  6. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” These are the convincing words of football coach Vince Lombardi who led Green Bay Packers to three consecutive championships.
  7. Do you know how nine words can make a difference? Take this quote from Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Now, everybody who reads and appreciates it starts living their dreams.
  8. When Steve Jobs died, hundreds of his quotes were somewhat unleashed from his past life. Among his many quotes, this particular quote seems to be eternalized: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
  9. Do you know who the first self-made female millionaire is? It’s Madam C.J. Walker and she is a creator of beauty products. She didn’t become a millionaire without doing anything. And what does she have to say about opportunity? “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”
  10.  Who can forget these epic words from Thomas Edison: “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.” When it comes to reaping results, luck is not enough but luck partnered with hard work is.
  11. Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC has some remarkable words to say: “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”
  12.  “The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”  Guy Kawasaki who is a venture capitalist and the CEO of Garage Technology Ventures really knows what he is saying.
  13. “An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.” Roy Ash who is the co-founder of Litton Industries really inspires many entrepreneurs who were first afraid to take an extra little bite to chew.
  14. “I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.” Martha Stewart who established Omnimedia thinks that interest and curiosity are two important qualities of a successful person.
  15. “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.” Mark Cuban who is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and the co-founder of and the founder of HDNet is already prone to experiencing failure. This is the reason why he succeeds a lot.
  16. What does it take to show who you really are? According to E.E. Cummings: “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”

17. “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” Earl of Beaconsfield believes that when opportunity knocks on your door, be thrilled to open the door and warmly welcome the opportunity.

18. “The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do, well.”
Henry W. Longfellow highlights the fact that talent is useless if you don’t strive to perform well.

19. “Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.”
Albert Einstein really knows how the importance of sticking to your values and not merely on the accomplishments and success you gain.

  1. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
    Robert Collier only means that a person shouldn’t get tired in exerting effort in everything he does.

Such quotes are so potent and like the works of Shakespeare and his sonnets, his words will always be remembered and quoted. “So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee.” True to its every word, Sonnet 18 is justifiably the most famous of all sonnets.