SUCCESS Favorite Quotes for Inspiration

UPDATED: June 24, 2024
PUBLISHED: October 24, 2011

Everyone has a favorite quote. Whether it’s something elegant from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow or something more cryptic from Edgar Allen Poe, we identify with particular quotes during different trying times in our lives.

Last week, we asked you, our SUCCESS readers, to pass along our favorite quotes and add your own. As always, you never disappoint.

Here are some of the fan favorites and a few others submitted personally by you.

Voted Your SUCCESS Favorite

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”

Deepak Chopra
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More SUCCESS Selections

“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.”

—Vince Lombardi
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“It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.”

—Brian Tracy
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“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action. ”

—Orison Swett Marden
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Reader Submissions

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”

—Bruce Lee

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”

—Marianne Williamson

What quote do you most identify with right now? Share it below with the SUCCESS Community.

Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESSmagazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.