Quotations for Success and Excellence

As you begin the new year- sometimes a quote can help young adults to reflect about success and excellence for the future. The following are quotes that may help develop a dialogue in your classroom or to help you as an educator to reflect on your next year in education.

Quotations That Focus On Success and Excellence

• We ought to work harder at being what we should be than hiding what we are.

• If any man seeks greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.-Horace Mann

• We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.-Smiles

• A man must make his opportunity.-Francis Bacon

• Mend your speech a little, lest it mar your fortunes.-Shakespeare

• If better is possible, good is not enough.

• Accept challenges with open arms.-Jon Mulzet

• You must have long range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.-Charles C. Noble

• Begin now what you will be hereafter.-St. Jerome

• I am here today to be the best that I can be, seize the day, and be a zenith.-Clevetta Haynes

• Link yourself to your potential, not to your past.-Stephen Covey

• Success without honor is an unseasoned dish. It will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.-Joe Paterno

• The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do.-Longfellow

• Success is not something to wait for, it is something to work for.-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

• Men attract not that which they want, but that which they are.-James Allen

• The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

• If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.-Dr. Martin Luther King

• If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple…Know what you are doing, Love what you are doing, and Believe in what you are doing.-Will Rogers

• Our fate is not within the stars, it is within ourselves.-Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

• If I have seen farther than other men it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.-Sir Isaac Newton

• Speak the speech trippingly on the tongue.-Shakespeare’s Hamlet

• Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.-Henry Ward Beecher

• If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got. -Verne Hill

• Never, never, never, never give up.-Winston Churchill

• The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.-Vince Lombardi

• Don’t be afraid to take big steps. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. – David Lloyd George

• The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.-Henry Emerson Fosdick

• The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.-Quentin Crisp

• Ability will enable a man to get to the top. But it will take character to keep him there.

• Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what makes the instrument stretch-what makes you go beyond the norm.-Tyson

• Well done is better than well said.-Benjamin Franklin

• What we hope to ever do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.-Samuel Johnson

• When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.-Samuel Goldwyn

• Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.-John Wooden

• There is nothing noble in being superior to someone else. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.-Hindu Proverb

• People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’ 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.-George Bernard Shaw

• The tree which needs two arms to span its girth sprang from the tiniest shoot. You tower, nine stories high, rose from a little mound of earth. A journey of a thousand miles began with a single step.-Lao-tsze

• It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.-Somerset Maugham

• When written in Chinese, the “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.-John F. Kennedy

• It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks.-Phillip Adams

• Excellence is never an accident.

• The only place success comes before sweat is in the dictionary and the road there is often under construction.

• Men are born to succeed, not to fail.-Henry David Thoreau

• One doesn’t discover new lands without losing sight of the shore for a very long time.

• If you want a place in the sun, you must leave the shade of the family tree.-Osage Proverb

• Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.

• The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are going.-Oliver Wendell Holmes

• The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

• Resolve to do a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.-Horace Mann

• No farmer ever plowed a field by turning it over in his mind.

• Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.-Will Rogers

• Form good habits. They’re as hard to break as bad ones.

• This above all: To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day. Thou canst not then be false to any man.-Shakespeare

• Success is never final, and failure is never fatal.

• Don’t be content with being average. Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.

• Be satisfied with nothing but your best. -Edward Rowland Sill

• Since the mind is a specific biocomputer, it needs specific instructions and directions. The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, learn about them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them. -Denis Waitley


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