Achievement Quotes

Achievement Quotes

Success comes down to our:





If you want to be successful, it’s vital that you study other successful people.

Achievement quotes can inspire us to:

Push past our limits

Challenge our beliefs

Inspire us to emulate the greats in history

What is something that you want to achieve but have been putting off?

1. “If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.”

2. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden

3. “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

4. “If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

5. “Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.”

6. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” – Proverb

7. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

8. “Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.”

9. “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.” 

10. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

11. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda

12. “Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy.”

13. “Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” – Vaibhav Shah

14. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser

15. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” – Albert Einstein

16. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

17. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

18. “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents – start charging for it.” – Kim Garst

19. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

20. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

21. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” – Henry Ford

22. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

23. “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.”

24. “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”

25. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde

26. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

27. “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” – Bruce Feirstein

28. “When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal

29. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

30. “No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.”

31. “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

32. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

33. “Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”

34. “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

35. “What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable.” 

36. “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

37. “Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.”

38. “Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it.”

39. “Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem.”

40. “You can do anything, but not everything.”

41. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

42. “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

43. “Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.” – Dr. APJ Kalam

44. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

45. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill

46. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in, and day-out.” – Robert Collier

47. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” – Thomas J. Watson

48. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak

49. “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.” – Philippos

50. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not the absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

51. “Achievement is not about ‘doing something.’ Rather, it’s about ‘being someone.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough

52. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”– Will Rogers

53. “It is little keys that open up big doors.” – On small steps leading to great achievements”― Lamine Pearlheart

54. “Mistakes are the foundation of achievement.”― Steven Magee

55. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe.” – Anatole France

56. “There can be no real achievement without any struggle!”― Avijeet Das

57. “As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

58. “Getting something done is an accomplishment; getting something done right is an achievement.”― Anonymous

59. “If you keep working at it, if you keep moving forward, you will achieve what you want.”― Leigh Shulman

60. “To achieve something that you have never achieved before, you must become someone that you have never been before.”― Les Brown

61. “If you go out without a plan, you will return home without any achievement.”― Awolumate Samuel

62. “A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.” – John Foster Dulles

63. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

64. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

65. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

66. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

67. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

68. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman

69. “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” – John Wooden

70. “To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan but also believe.” – Anatole France

71. “Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.” – Robert H. Schuller

72. “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” – Vince Lombardi

73. “You are the greatest achievement of your own life.” – Sarah Rees Brennan

74. “Every achievement is a servitude. It compels us to higher achievement.” – Albert Camus

75. “Great achievement requires personal force, determined spirit, and self-confidence.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

76. “Great achievers are driven, not so much by the pursuit of success but by the fear of failure.” – Larry Ellison

77. “Success comes from going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

78. “Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” — Robert H. Schuller

79. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

80. “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” — Napoleon Hill

81. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller

82. “Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” — C. S. Lewis

83. “There is no shortcut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything.” — George Washington Carver

84. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” — Benjamin Franklin

85. “Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pocket.” – Mark Caine

86. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”  – Paulo Coelho

87. “You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” – Roy T. Bennett

88. “Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

89. “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” – Albert Einstein 

90. “Greatness is the born of ordinary men who decided to work extraordinarily hard.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

91. “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” – Horace Mann 

92. “Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.” – Margaret Thatcher 

93. “Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.” – Criss Jami

94. “When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” – Napoleon Hill 

95. “What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.” – Norman Vincent Peale 

96. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

97. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”  –Winston S. Churchill

98. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”  – Henry David Thoreau

99. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”  – Steve Jobs

100. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”  – Colin Powell

101. “All successes begin with self-discipline.  It starts with you.”  – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

102. “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.”  – John D. Rockefeller Jr.

103. “Success doesn’t just happen.  You have to be intentional about it, and that takes discipline.”  – John C. Maxwell

104. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”  – Og Mandino

105. “The path to success is to take massive determined action.” – Tony Robbins

106. “People who achieve their goals do so with passion, planning, persistence, and purpose.” – Lynda Field

107. “Achievement results from work realizing ambition.” – Adam Ant

108. “Every great achievement is but a small peak in the mountain range of contributions.” – Dale T. Mortensen

109. “Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

110. “Don’t confuse honors with achievement.” – Zadie Smith

111. “Dissatisfaction with possession and achievement is one of the requisites to further achievement.” – John Hope

112. “Contentment does not come from achievement. It comes from a relationship with the Lord.” – Paul Henderson

113. “I don’t think individual achievement in business is the most meaningful way for it to operate.” – Michael Eisner

114. “I need to learn to be happy and enjoy the achievement rather than already thinking about what I could have done better.” – Lizzie Armitstead

115. “It would be nice if we could all agree to this proposition: popularity is not the same as achievement.” – Howard Jacobson

116. “Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.”― Robert Louis Stevenson

117. “The difficulty is what takes a little time. The impossible is what takes a little longer.”― Fridtjof Nansen

118. “Obstacles are opportunities turned upside down…or prisons self-imposed.”― Chriscinthia Blount

119. “There must be a sense of urgency before anything can ever happen.”― Andrew Crofts

120. “Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon result.”― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

121. “In order to achieve there must be a sacrifice.”― Jason Spooner

122. “It’s only when we can work with something that brings out our strengths that we’re of any real use.”― Henning Mankell

123. “He has half the deed is done who has made a beginning.”― Horace

124. “Achieving a goal is nothing. The getting there is everything.”― Jules Michelet

125. “The only thing man has never done is what he hasn’t thought about.”― Richmond Akhigbe

126. “Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.” – Yogi Berra

127. “Behind you now is yesterday; let your experience and knowledge pave the way. Here’s to you and to your success, we know you will give it your best.” – Theodore W. Higginsworth

128. “It’s time to celebrate all the hard work that led to this joyful occasion.” – Sheryl Sandberg

129. “I don’t expect congratulations for a successful beginning, what I want is the applaud at a successful ending.”― Amit Kalantri

130. “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to great places. You’re off and away!” – Dr. Suess

131. “Success follows those who champion a cause greater than themselves.”― George Alexiou

132. “The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it.” – Voltaire

133. “Achieving a goal is nothing. The getting there is everything.”― Jules Michelet

134. “We’ve come not to celebrate your achievements, but to celebrate who you are.” – Dr. Kevin Leman

135. “Nothing is unbelievable, just expand your vision.”― Saru Singhal

136. “With hard work and effort, you can achieve anything.” – Antoine Griezmann

137. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel

138. “Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.” – Iain Duncan Smith

139. “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” — George Bernard Shaw

140. “Work and you’ll get what you need; work harder and you’ll get what you want.” – Prabakaran Thirumalai

141. “Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” — Susan L. Taylor

142. “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No Excuses.” – Kobe Bryant

143. “The only thing standing between you and outrageous success is continuous progress.” — Dan Waldschmidt

144. “Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.” – Patrick Suskind

145. “Impossible is just an opinion.” — Paulo Coelho

146. “All great achievements require time.” — Maya Angelou

147. “Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragement, and doubts.” — Eric Hoffer

148. “There is no shortcut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything.” — George Washington Carver

149. “An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to higher achievement.” — Albert Camus

150. “All personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual.” — W. Clement Stone

151. “Productive achievement is a consequence and an expression of health and self-esteem, not its cause.” — Nathaniel Branden

152. “Success has always been easy to measure. It is the distance between one’s origins and one’s final achievement.” — Michael Korda

153. “Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.” — Abdul Kalam

154. “Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday.” — Blaise Pascal

155. “We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievement.” — Richard J. Daley

We hope you enjoyed these awesome achievement quotes!

It’s not easy to believe in your dreams.

But with perseverance, time, and the right people beside you, nothing’s impossible.

Not to folks who believe.

Remember it is okay to be proud of the hard work you put into reaching your goals.

Achievements are something that should be celebrated.

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