Sometimes you have to look back to go forward, learning from others’ experiences and soaking up their infinite knowledge as you go. Luckily, the decades before us gave rise to some of the brightest minds in history—and judging from all their accomplishments, they definitely knew a thing or two about success.
But achieving great things isn’t limited to the well-known—you, too, can live a victorious life, thriving in full realization of your wildest dreams. These 15 famous success quotes are just what you need to get started. Take the wisdom of those before you and make it your own.
14. “All successful men have agreed in one thing—they were causationists. They believed that things went not by luck, but by law; that there was not a weak or a cracked link in the chain that joins the first and last of things.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life
15. “The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.” —Aristotle Onassis
Lydia Sweatt is the web producer for SUCCESS.com. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Dallas native. She enjoys painting, a hefty taco and discovering new music.