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Success Quotes

Success Quotes Success Failure

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-27

Author: Various


“Success is a poor measure of success.” [Dr. Mitchell Dillon (1959 - ), founder and chief editor, Grounded In Grace Ministries, Illustration Exchange.]

“The only thing that needs to change for you life to become a complete success is your heart.” [Dr. Mitchell Dillon (1959 - ), founder and chief editor, Grounded In Grace Ministries, Illustration Exchange.]

“We define success by our circumstances, while God defines success by our response to our circumstances.” [Dr. Mitchell Dillon (1959 - ), founder and chief editor, Grounded In Grace Ministries, Illustration Exchange.]

“On the spiritual journey, how we endure suffering is more important than how we enjoy success.” [Dr. Mitchell Dillon (1959 - ), founder and chief editor, Grounded In Grace Ministries, Illustration Exchange.]

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather to become a man of value.” [Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.]

"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." [Vidal Sassoon (1928 - 2012) was a British and American hairstylist, businessman, and philanthropist.]

“The important thing is: To be able to at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” [Charles Dubois was a French critic (1882 - 1939), considered a notable essayist.]

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” [Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955, having been the inspiration to guide his country the ravages of WWII.]

“Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.” [Arnold H. Glasow (1905 -1998) started his own business just after the Great Depression running a humor magazine that he marketed to firms nationally.]

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” [George S. Patton (1885-1945), one of America’s most beloved generals and war heroes, was a senior officer of the United States Army, who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of World War II.]

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” [Jim Rohn (1930 – 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker who based his teaching on his own rags to riches story.]

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” [Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and famed leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.]

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” [Albert Schweitzer (1876 -1965) was a Nobel prize winning French-German theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician.]

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” [David Brinkley (1920-2003) was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997.]

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” [Saint Augustine (354 - 4300 was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced and shaped the development of Western Christianity and philosophy.]

“If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it.” [W. C. Fields (1880 -1946) was an American comedian, actor, writer.]

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;

Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;

Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it;

Who has left the world better than he found it,

Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;

Whose life was an inspiration;

Whose memory a benediction.”

[Bessie Anderson Stanley (1879 – 1952) was an American writer.]

“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.” [W.P. Kinsella (1935 - ) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer, best known for his novel Shoeless Joe, which was adapted into the movie Field of Dreams in 1989.]


Many of the above quotes have their own points of application. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Illustration Exchange.

Only One Cure for Failure

Failure Encouragement Victory


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Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2014-03-29

Author: Chuck Swindoll


Famed author and pastor Chuck Swindoll says this of Evel Knievel’s risky ways:

“Give me a 'skycycle' and a 108 foot take-off ramp with all its risks any day—before you sentence me to the path of predictability between the stone walls of ‘routine’ and ‘fear.’ God asks that we believe Him regardless of the risks—in spite of the danger—ignoring the odds.
The ancient city of Jericho was defeated because Joshua and his troops defied the ‘normal procedure’ of battle … never once fearing failure.  The Gentiles heard of Christ Jesus because Paul and a few companions kept getting back up after being knocked down. Peter’s two letters are in the Book because he refused to live in the shadow of his bad track record.” 

Dr. Charles R. Swindoll is senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, and the Bible teacher on the internationally syndicated radio program Insight for Living. He has written more than thirty best-selling books, including STRENGTHENING YOUR GRIP, LAUGH AGAIN, THE GRACE AWAKENING, and the million-selling GREAT LIVES FROM GOD'S WORD series.


“Great accomplishments are often attempted but only occasionally reached. What is interesting (and encouraging) is that those who reach them are usually those who missed many times before.  Failures, you see, are only temporary tests to prepare us for permanent triumphs.

“Whoever you are today—listen to me! Sitting there licking your wounds will only result in a bitter aftertaste. … Get up and get on with it! If you’re looking for an absolute guarantee against future failures, I know of only one—death.”

How the Other Team Felt

Empathy Failure Perspective

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-29

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:3

Author: Charles M. Schultz / Illustration Exchange


In one particularly telling episode* of the famed PEANUTS comic strip series, the following exchange takes place between Linus and the lovable loser, Charlie Brown:

LINUS: "Charlie Brown, I just saw the most unbelievable football game... What a comeback! The home team was behind six-to-nothing with only three seconds to play. They had the ball on their own one-yard line … The quarterback took the ball, faded back behind his own goal boosts and threw a perfect pass to the left end, who whirled away from four guys and ran all the way for a touchdown! The fans went wild! You should have seen them! People were jumping up and down, and when they kicked the extra point, thousands of people ran out onto the field laughing and screaming! The Fans and the players were so happy they were rolling on the ground and hugging each other and dancing and everything! It was fantastic!"

CHARLIE BROWN: “How did the other team feel?”

*Click here for an image of the original comic strip.


Sometimes you just have to be a loser, like Charlie Brown, to know--or even care--how the other guy feels. Truth is, far more of us relate to Charlie Brown than to the winners. "Charlie Brown must be the one who suffers," says PEANUTS creator Charles M. Schultz, "because he’s a caricature of the average person. Most of us are much more acquainted with losing than winning. Winning is great, but it isn’t funny"

Except in comic strips and sitcoms, losing isn't funny either. But it is reality. And in our reality, God calls us to follow Good 'Ol' Charlie Brown's example and use our own losses, our own sorrows as a point of identification and connection with others who suffer.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

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The Missing Piece

Jesus Christ Failure Dependence on God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-20

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:6

Author: Illustration Exchange

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God's Training Ground for Encouragers

Encouragement Failure Empathy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-07-20

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:4

Author: Robert Moeller

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10,000 Ways That Don't Work

Reward Perseverance Failure

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-07-30

Scripture: Philippians 3:14 ; Hebrews 12:4

Author: Madge Harrah

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Humility Is Our Best Defense

Humility Failure Self-examination

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-07-28

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6

Author: Robert Moeller

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The Sky Cycle X-2

Failure Risk Regret

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2011-10-31

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Chuck Swindoll

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Do The Math!

Competition Failure Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-06-06

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24

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Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

Failure Success Perseverance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2010-12-28

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7

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