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The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.
-- Dale Carnegie, US writer on self-improvement, salesmanship and public speaking (1888-1955)

I've got two reasons for success and I'm standing on both of them.
-- Betty Grable (1916-73), American actor

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.
-- Thomas J. Watson, US industrialist and IBM president (1874-1956)

Success has ruined many a man.
-- Benjamin Franklin (1706-90), American statesman, inventor and philosopher, in: Poor Richard's Almanac (1752)

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
-- Earl Nightingale, US motivational writer, author and radio personality (1921-89)

Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.
-- Vicki Baum (1888-1960), Austrian-born American novelist, in: Grand Hotel (1931)

It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.
-- Eddie Cantor, US comedian and singer (1892 - 1964)

I always suspect an artist who is successful before he is dead.
-- Edgar Degas, French realist and impressionist painter and sculptor (1834-1917)

The great successful men of the world have used their imagination… they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building -- steadily building.
-- Robert Collier, US copywriter and self-help writer (1885-1950)

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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