Success – According To The Dictionary Of Thoughts

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Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair & The Wisdom Of The Ages.

I discovered this amazing dictionary – The Dictionary Of Thoughts the other day and thought I would share just a small portion of my findings. I can see that this will be a powerful resource that I will draw upon in the days ahead.

These statements will make you think. And if at first you do not fully understand – ponder.

Success, and its meaning as shared by all of the following great writers, is a two-edged sword – so handle with care.

Allow me now to introduce you to some brilliant hearts and minds…

Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of concentration and perseverance. C. W. Wendte.

Mere success is one of the worst arguments in the world of a good cause, and the most improper to satisfy conscience; and yet in the issue it is the most successful of all other arguments, and does in a very odd, but effectual, way, satisfy the consciences of a great many men, by showing them their interest. Tillotson.

Moderation is commonly firm, and firmness is commonly successful. Johnson.

The road to success is not to be run upon by seven-leagued boots. Step by step, little by little, bit by bit that is the way to wealth, that is the way to wisdom, that is the way to glory. Pounds are the sons, not of pounds, but of pence. Charles Buxton.

He that would make sure of success should keep his passion cool, and his expectation low. Jeremy Collier.

The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who, early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius. Bulwer.

Nothing can seem foul to those that win. Shakespeare

All the proud virtue of this vaunting world fawns on success and power, however acquired. Thomson.

Success is full of promise till men get it, and then it is as a last year’s nest, from which the bird has flown. H.W.Beecher.

In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed. Montesquieu.

Everybody finds out, sooner or later, that all success worth having is founded on Christian rules of conduct. H.M.Field.

Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the water rustle under your bows. Charles Buxton.

Success at first doth many times undo men at last. Yenning.

Success has a great tendency to conceal and throw a veil over the evil deeds of men. Demosthenes.

The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two common sense and perseverance. Felfham.

To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports; when we succeed, it betrays us. Colton.

The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed. Sheridan.

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study, and practice. Not what men do worthily, but what they do successfully, is what history makes haste to record. H.W.Beecher.

The great high-road of human welfare lies along the old highway of steadfast well doing ; and they who are the most persistent, and work in the truest spirit, will invariably be the most successful; success treads on the heels of every right effort. S. Smiles.

He that has never known adversity, is but half acquainted with others, or with himself. Constant success shows us but one side of the world. For, as it surrounds us with friends, who will tell us only our merits, so it silences those enemies from whom alone we can learn our defects. Colton.

It is success that colors all in life : success makes fools admired, makes villains honest: all the proud virtue of this vaunting world fawns on success and power, howe’er acquired. Thomson.

People judge, for the most part, by the success. Let a man show all the good conduct that is possible, if the event does not answer, ill fortune passes for a fault, and is justified by a very few persons. Evremond.

Success serves men as a pedestal; it makes them look larger, if reflection does not measure them. Joubert.

Had I miscarried, I had been a villain; for men judge actions always by events but when we manage by a just foresight, success is prudence, and possession right. Higgons.

Nothing succeeds so well as success. Talleyrand.

Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised. Jonson.

Let them call it mischief; when it is past and prospered,it will be virtue. Ben Jonson.

It is not in mortals to command success, but we will do more, we will deserve it. Addison.

Had I succeeded well, I had been reckoned among the wise; our minds are so disposed to judge from the event. Euripides

Few things are impracticable in themselves, and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success. Rochefoucauld.

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