We may all disagree on the definition of success. Some say it involves becoming rich, others say it has to do with becoming happy, and some say success includes becoming both. But no matter the definition, we can all agree: the path to success is not supposed to be easy. Check out these 56 quotes for the motivation and inspiration you may need when the going gets tough.

  1. "Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years." -- Bob Brown
  2. "I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite." -- G. K. Chesterton
  3. "Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; what would it look like?" -- Brian Tracy
  4. "Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement." -- W. Clement Stone
  5. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -- Thomas Edison
  6. "Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone's life in a very positive way are better." -- Tim Howard
  7. "However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there's life, there's hope." -- Stephen Hawking
  8. "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." -- Florence Nightingale
  9. "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." -- Albert Einstein
  10. "Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is." -- Vince Lombardi
  11. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson
  12. "However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at." -- Stephen Hawking
  13. "Life doesn't require that we be the best, only that we try our best." -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  14. "What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time." -- Don Zimmer
  15. "You can only become great at that thing you're willing to sacrifice for." -- Maya Angelou
  16. "Today's accomplishments were yesterday's impossibilities." -- Robert H. Schuller
  17. "People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing." -- Dale Carnegie
  18. "The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down." -- Stephen Richards
  19. "Eighty percent of success is showing up." -- Woody Allen
  20. "Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world." -- George Eliot
  21. "You shouldn't focus on why you can't do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions." -- Steve Case
  22. "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." -- Herman Melville
  23. "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." -- Ray Goforth
  24. "Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal; it's the courage to continue that counts." -- Mike Ditka
  25. "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." -- Tony Robbins
  26. "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them." -- William Shakespeare
  27. "Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event." -- Brian Tracy
  28. "We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained." -- Marie Curie
  29. "You always pass failure on the way to success." -- Mickey Rooney
  30. "Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." -- Gail Devers
  31. "Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold." -- Helen Keller
  32. "The successful people of this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is." -- Ben Stein
  33. "For every reason it's not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded." -- Jack Canfield
  34. "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." -- Colin Powell
  35. "You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity." -- Thomas Wolfe
  36. "Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." -- Jim Rohn
  37. "Believe you can and you're halfway there." -- Theodore Roosevelt
  38. "What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do." -- Bob Dylan
  39. "The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it." -- Chinese Proverb
  40. "A minute's success pays the failure of years." -- Robert Browning
  41. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." -- Henry David Thoreau
  42. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." -- Bruce Lee
  43. "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces people into thinking they can't lose." -- Bill Gates"
  44. I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time." -- Herbert Bayard Swope
  45. "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
  46. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." -- George S. Patton
  47. "I don't dwell on success. Maybe that's one reason I'm successful." -- Calvin Klein
  48. "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing." -- Abraham Lincoln
  49. "Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well." -- Denis Waitley
  50. "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." -- Dale Carnegie
  51. "Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success." -- Robert Kiyosaki
  52. "Do or do not. There is no try." -- Yoda
  53. "There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'" Carrie Fisher
  54. "Winning depends on where you put your priorities. It's usually best to put them over the fence." -- Jason Giambi
  55. "Celebrate what you've accomplished but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed." -- Mia Hamm
  56. "To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone." -- Reba Mcentire