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Inspiration can come from anywhere but if you are someone who loves to read, then it is the written word that most inspires. This world has seen a lot of successful people who have left their footprints and are long gone from the realm of the living. However, the words that they have left behind, continue to encourage and motivate us on a rainy day. It is in this spirit that we bring you the best quotes on success, said by famous people, to encourage and inspire you.  Read on!

Quotes on success by famous people:

One of the greatest humanitarians that history has even seen would be Abraham Lincoln. We see his words on the walls of many an institution even without realizing that they were golden words left by him. For this great man, success did not come easily. Lincoln’s biography it is filled with anecdotes of how he rose to glory despite all his failures. His oft quoted phrase was ‘The secret to success is preparation’. This is such a simple statement but a great fact, which most often we tend to forget. One does not succeed overnight. For Harry Potter’s magic to take wings and fly, author JK.Rowling must have toiled for months without end burning the midnight oil. So, ‘Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any other’.

Another of the famous quotes on success that has always inspired many, goes like this – ‘The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing’. These are words spoken by Walt Disney, who was the pioneer of the American animation industry. Disney had a reputation of being a racist and an imperialist while in actuality he was said to have been a shy and insecure man who adopted an outgoing public persona. Had he wallowed in his shyness without doing anything with the talent that he had, then none of our childhoods would have been entertaining without cartoons! So do not worry and push aside the things that are shackling you, because, ‘The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting’.

Being from a science background I like all things Physics! I also tend to lean towards what scientists have said and written and draw inspiration from their lives. One such inventor ‘who never failed but found 10000 ways in which something does not work’ is beloved Edison. The light bulb and motion picture camera that he invented turned the world around. However this man’s life was fraught with troubles. Most of his education was at home, his hearing was impaired, his chemical lab caught fire, he was so poor that he sold candy and newspaper to support himself…and to top it all, he was thrown off a train once! But none of this deterred him from achieving his goal. While Edison’s life itself is an inspiration there is one quote that is my most favorite – ‘Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’. How true!

Most of you must be aware of Theodore Roosevelt. He was the President of the US during the nineteen hundreds. As a child he suffered with debilitating asthma and he lost his wife at a young age. Despite odds, he went on to become the youngest president of the US at the age of 42 (the record still holds!). His golden words to everyone were – ‘Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are’. All of us would do good to remember this. Success searches for people who put their heart and soul into everything they do, be it little or great. So ‘If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well’.

There must not have been a single person who was not moved by the movie The Pursuit of Happiness. One man’s fight for his life and for the life of his child. We must also be aware that this was the true story of Chris Gardner. I don’t have to tell you about Chris, since the movie has already bought him close to our hearts. In his inspirational speeches, when being asked how he managed being homeless, he always answered by saying, ‘I am homeless. Not hopeless. I knew a better day was coming’. If this man could believe that he would see better days, then so can all of us. In Gardner’s words, ‘Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something’. So don’t lose cheer my dear friends, for success may be far but never unreachable – truly among the golden quotes on success.

Success may mean different things to each one of us but to Henry Ford, ‘Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success’. None of us are alone in this world. We are surrounded by millions of people (literally!) and get to form lasting bonds with quite a few. Just like the sum of all the parts is bigger than the whole, when we get together, we can achieve better things. Like the saying goes, two hands are always better than one. Ford who lost his mother at a very early age was forced into farming, became the pioneer of welfare capitalism. He was the forerunner for the five day week, the labor unions and fair wages employment. Amidst war and revolution, he was a man unto himself. In his words, ‘When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it’.

sucThere are a lot many people whose lives and words have inspired me and held me high during tough times but it would be possible to cover them all. Let me conclude by quoting the words of our very Indian leader, visionary and Bharat Ratna winner, Dr.Abdul Kalam. Kalam was faced with insurmountable odds right from his early years. He was from a middle class family and an average student at school. However, he never stopped dreaming and that made his dreams come true. His quote runs like this “We should never give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us”.

So my friends it is always best to remember that Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts!

We hope these quotes on success by famous people inspired you to do your best!

Also, remember that it is your interpretation of success that will finally count. So don’t judge yourself based on somebody else’s image of success!

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