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Quotes For Marketers

Updated on October 9, 2014

A collection of great quotes for marketers

I love quotes. I have collected them for years, so I decided to publish the best ones, especially for marketers, right here on this hub.

Enjoy! Dave Sherwin


Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the willingness to do what needs to be done. ~Cecilia Stoll

"You don't have to be great to get started, but you've got to get started to be great!" ~Les Brown

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. ~Elbert Hubbard

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. ~Henry C. Link

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. ~Margaret Mead

Imagine that! Activity matters most! ~Michael S. Clouse

The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do. ~Thomas Edison

Act as if it were impossible to fail. ~Dorothea Brande

We have the responsibility to put our gifts to work. ~Les Brown.

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. ~Henry Bergson

The things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. ~Aristotle

You can't hit a home-run unless you step up to the plate. You can't catch fish unless you put a line in the water. You can't reach your goals unless you actually do something. ~Kathy Seligman

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity. ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. ~Greg Anderson

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose. ~Indira Gandhi

Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. ~Arthur Koestler


If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. ~Robert Fulghum

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~M. Kathleen Casey

If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way. - Author Unknown

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. ~Harry Golden

Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. ~Garth Brooks

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. ~Jewish Proverb

Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~Oprah Winfrey

Sometimes the littlest things in life are the hardest to take. You can sit on a mountain more comfortably than on a tack. ~Author Unknown

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. ~Frank A. Clark

As long as you keep getting born, it's alright to die some times. ~Orson Scott Card

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. ~Walt Disney

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them. ~Charles C. West

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. ~unknown


You don't get to choose how you're going to die- or when. You can only decide how you're going to live- now." ~Joan Baez Singer, Songwriter

Winners believe in their worth in advance of their performance. ~Denis Waitley

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1995

Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want. ~Oscar Wilde

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet. ~Ancient Persian Saying

If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one. ~Cavett Robert

It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. ~Annie Gottlier

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left. ~Hubert Humphrey

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser ~ in case you thought optimism was dead. ~Robert Brault

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute. ~Gil Stern

A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist. ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note-Book, 1927

A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all ~ he's walking on them. ~Leonard Louis Levinson

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. ~Irv Kupcinet

Being an optimist after you've got everything you want doesn't count. ~Kin Hubbard

Optimists are nostalgic about the future. ~Chicago Tribune

Optimism is the foundation of courage. ~Nicholas Murray Butler

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. ~Harry Truman

Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it. ~Douglas Jerrold, "Meeting Troubles Half-Way," 1859

In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip. ~Daniel L. Reardon

It doesn't hurt to be optimistic. You can always cry later. ~Lucimar Santos de Lima


The biggest miscommunication is to assume communication has taken place. ~Anonymous

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. ~Albert Schweitzer

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. ~John C. Maxwell

Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Friends are those souls who ask how you are, and then wait to hear the answer. ~Ed Cunningham

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. ~Plato

Two things you can control: The quality and frequency ofyour message. ~John Kalench

When it comes to perfecting your presentation; stop focusing on whether or not you get them and start focusing on whether or not you give them. ~Michael S. Clouse

Look for the good in every person and in every situation. ~Brian Tracy

Say only what you can prove. Be ready to prove everything you say. ~Jerry Vass

Make a habit of dominating the listening, and let the prospect dominate the talking. ~Brian Tracy

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. ~Doug Larson

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. ~Epictetus

Lenin could listen so intently that he exhausted the speaker. ~Isaiah Berlin

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. ~Native American Indian Proverb

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill

The young people who come to me in the hope of hearing me utter a few memorable maxims are quite disappointed. Aphorisms are not my forte, I say nothing but banalities.... I listen to them and they go away delighted. ~Andre Gide

I tell you everything that is really nothing, and nothing of what is everything, do not be fooled by what I am saying. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying. ~Charles C. Finn

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway. ~Author Unknown

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. ~Peter F. Drucker

My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that's what she said. ~Author Unknown

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum

Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem. ~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. ~Tommy Smothers

I guess I've spent my life listening to what wasn't being said. ~Eli Khamarov, America Explained!

Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. ~James Baldwin

Women like silent men. They think they're listening. ~Marcel Achard, Quote, 4 November 1956


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~Aristotle

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. ~Samuel Johnson

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. ~Mark Twain

A habit is something you can do without thinking ~ which is why most of us have so many of them. ~Frank A. Clark

Ill habits gather by unseen degrees ~ As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas. ~John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel, 1681

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Rohn

Bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow. ~Yiddish Proverb

The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones. ~Somerset Maugham

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. ~St. Augustine

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. ~Feodor Dostoevski

Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882

Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables. ~Spanish Proverb

Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments. ~Marcel Proust

The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change. ~Eng's Principle

The satisfied, the happy, do not live; they fall asleep in habit, near neighbor to annihilation. ~Miguel de Unamuno, The Tragic Sense of Life, 1913

Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them, either. They keep you. ~Frank Crane

Habit is thus the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor. ~William James, The Principles of Psychology

In any family, measles are less contagious than bad habits. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. ~Confucius, Analects

Habit with him was all the test of truth; It must be right: I've done it from my youth. ~George Crabbe, The Borough

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it. ~Horace Mann

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. ~Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar for 1894

Small habits well pursued betimes May reach the dignity of crimes. ~Hannah More

To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be. ~Miguel de Unamuno, The Tragic Sense of Life

Habit is a man's sole comfort. We dislike doing without even unpleasant things to which we have become accustomed. ~Goethe

Every grown~up man consists wholly of habits, although he is often unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all. ~Georges Gurdjieff

The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it. ~Leo Aikman


The best public policy is made when you are listening to people who are going to be impacted. Then, once policy is determined, you call on them to help you sell it. ~ Elizabeth Dole

To have great poets, there must be great audiences too. ~ Walt Whitman

Strategy and timing are the Himalayas of marketing. Everything else is the Catskills. ~ Al Ries

Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are going. ~ John Naisbitt

Marketing is not an event, but a process . . . It has a beginning, a middle, but never an end, for it is a process. You improve it, perfect it, change it, even pause it. But you never stop it completely. ~ Jay Conrad Levinson

What we call results are beginnings. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In marketing I've seen only one strategy that can't miss- and that is to market to your best customers first, your best prospects second and the rest of the world last. ~ John Romero

"If you can't describe what you're doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing." ~Edward Deming

A recent government publication on the marketing of cabbage contains, according to one report, 26,941 words. It is noteworthy in this regard that the Gettysburg Address contains a mere 279 words while the Lord's Prayer comprises but 67. ~ Norman R. Augustine

If the circus is coming to town and you paint a sign saying "Circus Coming to the Fairground Saturday," that's advertising. If you put the sign on the back of an elephant and walk it into town, that's promotion. If the elephant walks through the mayor's flower bed, that's publicity. And if you get the mayor to laugh about it, that's public relations. If the town's citizens go the circus, you show them the many entertainment booths, explain how much fun they'll have spending money at the booths, answer their questions and ultimately, they spend a lot at the circus, that's sales. ~ Unknown

If you make a product good enough, even though you live in the depths of the forest the public will make a path to your door, says the philosopher. But if you want the public in sufficient numbers, you would better construct a highway. ~ William Randolph Hearst

If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language in which they think. ~ David Ogilvy

I once used the word "obsolete" in a headline, only to discover that 43% of housewives had no idea what it meant. In another headline I used the word "ineffable," only to discover that I didn't know what it meant myself. ~ David Ogilvy

I have always believed that writing advertisements is the second most profitable form of writing. The first, of course, is ransom notes... ~ Philip Dusenberry

You can say the right thing about a product and nobody will listen. You've got to say it in a way that people will feel in their gut. Because if they don't feel it, nothing will happen. ~ William Bernbach

What helps people, helps business. ~ Leo Burnett

Yes, I sell people things they don't need. I can't, however, sell them something they don't want. Even with advertising. Even if I were of a mind to. ~ John O'Toole

If you are writing about baloney, don't try to make it a Cornish hen, because that is the worst kind of baloney there is. Just make it darned good baloney. ~ Leo Burnett

We read advertisements to discover and enlarge our desires. We are always ready ~ even eager ~ to discover, from the announcement of a new product, what we have all along wanted without really knowing it. ~ Daniel Boorstin

The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men ~~ the man he is and the man he wants to be. ~ William Feather

Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief. ~ Leo Burnett

We find that advertising works the way the grass grows. You can never see it, but every week you have to mow the lawn. ~ Andy Travis

Advertising is the "wonder" in Wonder Bread. ~ Jef I. Richards

Committees can criticize advertisements, but they should never be allowed to create them. ~ David Ogilvy

Teamwork is essential. It gives them someone else to shoot at. ~ Unknown

If you think advertising doesn't work, consider the millions of Americans that now think yogurt tastes good. ~ Joe L. Whitley

The way to make money everyday is by e~mailing to your list everyday. ~David Vallieres

In order to get your potential customers to 'break' their concentration on themselves YOU need to communicate a STRONG but SIMPLE to understand message, preferably with an implied or direct benefit, to get them to stop what they are doing in order to pay attention to YOUR marketing message. ~David Vallieres

"They say a year in the Internet business is like a dog year.. equivalent to seven years in a regular person's life. In other words, it's evolving faster and faster." ~Vinton Cerf

Network Marketing

Network Marketing is an 'equal opportunity' opportunity. ~Michael S. Clouse

Quit looking for the people who you're looking for, and start looking for the people who are looking for you! ~Doug Firebaugh

You can "get" someone into your business, or you can "let" someone into your business. It's called a mindset... ~Brian Carruthers

Use, recommend, and sponsor. ~Richard B. Brooke

Q: What are the three reasons people join your business? A: They know, like, and trust you. ~Tom "Big Al" Schreiter

Work only with those you would choose as friends. ~Michael S. Clouse

This business is not about "getting them in." It's about "keeping them in." Therefore, continue investing your time with all those you sponsor, until they shift from "being in the business" to "the business being in them." Michael S. Clouse

The next time someone says "This sounds great, but I just don't have the TIME..." Look them straight in the eye, smile warmly, and ask, "Would you like to change that?" ~Jeff Olson

Stop worrying about the person who says "No." Focus instead on those who simply "Don't know." ~Michael S. Clouse

In Network Marketing, duplication is what success looks like! ~Michael S. Clouse

The question we should be asking ourselves is: "Would I want to be sponsored by me?" ~Jeff Olson

The future of network marketing is unlimited. There's no end in sight. It will continue to grow because better people are getting into it. Soon it will be one of the most respected business methods in the world. ~Brian Tracy

Marketing is merely a civilized form of warfare in which most battles are won with words, ideas, and disciplined thinking. ~Albert W. Emery

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he tried and failed. ~William James

The more you know, the slower you grow.

Only take the advice from people who are currently building a business.

Teach the people you already know to talk to people they already know.

If you are doing the business right, you never have to look for strangers.

When you have a job, you are helping someone else reach their dreams.

The business is about multiplication, not addition and subtraction.

Network Marketing and sales mix like oil and water; they don't.

Your best tool is your sponsor.

Why isn't everyone in Network Marketing?

It's all about fun, happiness, and a healthy lifestyle.

Make a friend, meet their friends.

Anyone who thinks Network Marketing has anything to do with sales will never make it big in this business, with very few exceptions.

This is a sponsor and teach business, not a recruit and sell business.

Network Marketing is building a family of consumers.

You don't recruit people to sell for you, you sponsor people so you can go to work for them.

You are not duplicating unless the person you sponsor is three levels deep.

If you can't talk to your friends about your Networking business, then you either don't believe it or you don't understand it.

If you want to see a Pyramid, go to Egypt.

You can work hard in the beginning for almost nothing and hardly work at all in the future and make a fortune.

You can help a thousand, but you cannot carry 3 on your back. Learn to help those who deserve, not those who need. ~ Jim Rohn

You don't have to get it perfect, you just need to get it started. ~ Joe Schoeder

With the internet explosion, in the future there will be two kinds of people those with networks (downline) and those without ! ~Unknown

In Network Marketing, the NETWORKING always comes before the MARKETING ~ Silke Stahl

Without promotion, something terrible happens ~ NOTHING! ~ P.T. Barnum


If you share a good idea long enough, it will eventually fall on good people. ~Jim Rohn

You've got to have reasonable goals and the stick~to~itiveness to get there. ~J. Robert Buchanan

Character consists of what you do on the third or fourth tries. ~James Michener

How does one succeed? Try hard enough. ~Malcolm Forbes

They'll tell you, "Quit now, you'll never make it." If you disregard that advice, you'll be halfway there. ~David Zucker

I will persist until I succeed. ~Og Mandino

What counts in battle is what you do once the pain sets in. ~John Short, South African running coach

There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory. ~Sir Francis Drake

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. ~Henry Ward Beecher

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. ~Author Unknown

When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time." ~Author Unknown

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. ~Dale Carnegie

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. ~Author Unknown

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. ~Josh Billings

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese Proverb

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground. ~Author Unknown

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ~Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker, ©

He conquers who endures. ~Persius

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~Newt Gingrich

You can't go through life quitting everything. If you're going to achieve anything, you've got to stick with something. ~From the television show Family Matters

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. ~Albert Einstein

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. ~Walter Elliott, The Spiritual Life

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. ~G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. ~Author Unknown

Perseverance... keeps honor bright: to have done, is to hang quite out of fashion, like a rusty nail in monumental mockery. ~William Shakespeare

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. ~Lucretius

But the moment you turn a corner you see another straight stretch ahead and there comes some further challenge to your ambition. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Personal Development

The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, "If you will take care of me, I will take care of you." Now I say, "I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me. ~Jim Rohn

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is to you. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most homes valued at over $1,000,000 have a library. That should tell us something. ~Jim Rohn

Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. ~James Allen

He who stops being better stops being good. ~Oliver Cromwell

One today is worth two tomorrows; what I am to be, I am now becoming. ~Benjamin Franklin

If you will become the very best messenger you possibly can, the message will take care of itself. ~Michael S. Clouse

Growth is the process of responding positively to change. ~Paul Harvey

"We are blind until we see that in the human plan Nothing's worth the making if it does not make the man. Why build these cities glorious if man unbuilded goes? In vain we build the world, unless the builder also grows." ~Edwin Markham

The major key to your better future is you! ~Jim Rohn

They can because they think they can. ~Virgil

Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment. ~Maxwell Maltz

It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~George Eliot

To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul. ~Cicero

To have more, we must first become more. ~Jim Rohn

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. ~Albert Einstein

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. ~Basho

We work to become, not to acquire. ~Elbert Hubbard

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. ~John Wooden

The key to success is dedication to life~long learning. ~Stephen Covey

Your mind believes what you tell it... ~Paul J. Meyer

Life is divided into three terms-that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present and from the present to live better for the future. ~William Wordsworth

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. ~Frank Tyger

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. ~Epictetus

If you don't run your own life, somebody else will. ~John Atkinson (1884 ~ 1932)

Success is something you attract by the person you become. ~John Earl Shoaff

Time will either promote you or expose you. ~Jeff Olson


The secret of success is the consistency to pursue. ~Harry F. Banks

The formula for success is a few simple disciplines practiced every day. ~Jim Rohn

Put up the dream. Put in the knowledge. Put out the effort. ~Denis Waitley

Success leaves clues. ~Anthony Robbins

"The real secret to success is enthusiasm." ~Walter Chrysler

"The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure." ~Sven Goran Eriksson

There is only one success: To be able to spend your life in your own way. ~Christopher Morley

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford

The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable. ~Oscar Wild

To succeed in any undertaking, any art or any trade or any profession, simply keep it ever persistently fixed in mind as an aim, and then study to make all effort toward it play or recreation. The moment it becomes hard work, we are not advancing. ~ Prentice Mulford

We must stop planning, plotting and scheming, and let Infinite Intelligence solve the problem in its own way. ~ Florence Shinn

If you fail to go within, you will go without. ~ Neal Donald Walsch

The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what it is one's destiny to do. ~Henry Ford

If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you. ~Author Unknown

Eighty percent of success is showing up. ~Woody Allen

As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it's leaning against the right building. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average. ~M.H. Alderson

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. ~Winston Churchill

What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins. ~Gene Fowler

We never know, believe me, when we have succeeded best. ~Miguel de Unamuno, Essays and Soliloquies, 1925

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. ~Lily Tomlin

I couldn't wait for success... so I went ahead without it. ~Jonathan Winters

There is no point at which you can say, "Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap." ~Carrie Fisher

Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. ~David Frost

Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it. ~Author Unknown

Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded! ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind. ~George Bernard Shaw, 28 August 1896

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      Product Design 

      10 years ago

      That is a great set of quotes! Thanks. Looks like you've really done your research for this.

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      E. Udong 

      10 years ago

      This is a great book in the making! It brightened my day which was threatening to be dull. Thanks for taking the time.

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      Linda Ruth 

      10 years ago from Peterborough, NH

      A quote for every occasion, very inspirational. I particularly like the ones on just going and doing it. Even the Bhagavad Gita, part of the Vedic tradition, which has been mis-interpreted for years as advocating a renunciation of activity says "not leaning on the fruits of action, do the job that is to be done" and says the true yogi is the one who acts, not the one wthout activity. So doing is a win on many levels.

      Anyway, great thoughts, well worth visiting and re-visiting.

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      Party Girl 

      10 years ago

      What a fab hubpage, I will be back to refer to it , fantastic- thanks for sharing

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      The How To Hub 

      10 years ago from Australia

      bring on the books : ) I think the length is fine, when you have loads of quality content why not share it all. My thumbs up to this one.


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      10 years ago from Lindon, UT

      Hi! I agree with mind-ing for gold, this is a book, not a hubpage!

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      Mind-ing for Gold 

      10 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Jeez - this isn't a hubpage it's a BOOK!

      I really like Churchill - "If you're going through Hell, Keep on Going!"

      thank for sharing ~Schelli

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      Lighthouse Market 

      10 years ago from Ojai, CA

      Great article!

      I love the quotes!


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      10 years ago from Lindon, UT

      Hey Starling! I DO have thoughts on this! First of all, I think spouses get frustrated because of one of two things:

      1. The "residual" spouse is trying to create a full time living off residual type stuff, without providing a basic income in the mean time. Residual incomes should be built part time, not full time! It's just too hard for most people. In this case, I would ride the spouse like crazy to GET A JOB! Bring home some bacon while "pursuing the dream"!

      2. The spouse has a basic income, but then spends ALL their available part time building the residual. In this case I say just help them commit to a reasonable schedule of say 1 to 2 hours a day, 5 days a week for the residual income. This is plenty if they use their time wisely.

      And probably the best advice of all- talk to MY wife! She has endured the entrepreneurial lifestyle since 1993, all the ups and downs!

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      Starling Photos 

      10 years ago from Utah

      wow, what a collection! impressive. I've got a topic for you- what advice would you give to spouses of those who have just started trying to build residual income?


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