59 Observations on Success

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015 @ 4:49 PM EST
Nov 25 2015

Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure.
-Joseph Heller

Success and failure are equally disastrous.
-Tennessee Williams

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.
-Andrew Grove

Success cannot come from standstill men. Methods change and men must change with them.
-James Cash Penney

Success didn't spoil me; I've always been insufferable.
-Fran Lebowitz

Success has killed more men than bullets.
-Mary Louis Cecelia Texas Guinan

Success has many parents, and even more lawyers.
-Chuck Lorre

Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
-Sloan Wilson

Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.
-Arnold Palmer

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.
-Danny Thomas

Success in life means not becoming like your parents.
-Louise Bowie

Success is a great deodorant.
-Elizabeth Taylor

Success is a journey, not a destination, so stop running.
-Larry Kersten, PhD

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
-Bill Gates

Success is a poison that should only be taken late in life and then only in small doses.
-Anthony Trollope

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
-Dr. Joyce Brothers

Success is as ice cold and as lonely as the North Pole.
-Vicky Baum

Success is brought by continued labor and continued watchfulness. We must struggle on, not for one moment hesitate, nor take one backward step.
-William Jennings Bryan

Success is full of promise till men get it; and then it is last year's nest from which the bird has flown.
-Henry Ward Beecher

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
-Dale Carnegie

Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world except money.
-Johnny Cash

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
-George S. Patton, Jr.

Success is knowing the difference between cornering people and getting them in your corner.
-Bill Copeland

Success is like dealing with your kid or teaching your wife to drive. Sooner or later you'll end up in the police station.
-Fred Allen

Success is like death. The more successful you become, the higher the houses in the hills get and the higher the fences get.
-Kevin Spacey

Success is like Halley's Comet, you know. Every now and then it just comes around.
-H. Ross Perot

Success is like toilet paper. It only seems important if you don't have it.
-Richard Jeni

Success is made up of courage, brains and luck. Since the first two are a function of the third, it's pretty much all luck.
-Richard Jeni

Success is man's god.

Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline.
-Graham Greene

Success is never so interesting as struggle.
-Willa Cather

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
-Winston Churchill

Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
-Coco Chanel

Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.
-Al Bernstein

Success is peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction and knowing you've made the effort, do the best of what you're capable.
-John Wooden

Success is relative; it is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.
-T.S. Eliot

Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.
-Arnold H. Glasow

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
-Earl Wilson

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
-Winston Churchill

Success is the brand on the brow of the man who aimed too low.
-John Masefield

Success is the child of audacity.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Success is the happy feeling you get between the time you do something and the time you tell a woman what you did.
-Scott Adams

Success is the most convincing talker in the world.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that is comes early.
-Anthony Trollope

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.
-Earl Nightingale

Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong.
-Adolf Hitler

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.
-Booker T. Washington

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
-Arnold H. Glasow

Success makes men rigid and they tend to exalt stability over all the other virtues; tired of the effort of willing they become fanatics about conservatism.
-Walter Lippmann

Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.
-Marilyn Monroe

Success only hurts the first time.
-Randy K. Milholland

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
-William Feather

Success sometimes may be defined as a disaster put on hold.
-Nadine Gordimer

Success teaches us nothing; only failure teaches.
-Hyman Rickover

Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each one.
-Barbra Streisand

Success will always be measured by the extent to which we serve the buying public.
-James Cash Penney

Success will ruin your life.
-Tom Clancy

Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.
-Joe Paterno

Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


(Novembe 26 is also the birthday of Eric Sevareid, Charles Schulz, and Eugene Ionesco. )

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Quotes of the day: Poul Anderson

Published Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 7:11 PM EST
Nov 24 2015

Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during the Golden Age of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A cultured, sensitive, observant man is a pleasure to be with in any age.

A little careful pushing, and they’ll bury the hatchet all right- in each other.

A man isn't really alive till he has something bigger than himself and his own little happiness, for which he'd gladly die.

All those agonizing philosophical-theological conundrums amount to 'Ask a silly question, get a silly answer.'

And ninety-nine percent of the human race, no matter how smart they are, will do the convenient thing instead of the wise thing, and kid themselves into thinking they can somehow escape the consequences. We’re just built that way.

Anybody can find infinite Mandelbrot figures in his navel.

Be calm. A man can do but little. Enough if that little be right.

Better a life like a falling star, bright across the dark, than a deathlessness which can see naught above or beyond itself.

He had seen too much of the cosmos to have any great faith in man's ability to understand it.

Heaven is not as narrowly literal-minded as hell.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.

Keep on thinking. Keep your thinking close to the ground, where it belongs. Don’t ever trade your liberty for another man’s offer to do your thinking and make your mistakes for you.

Life isn’t a fairy tale; the knight who kills the dragon doesn’t necessarily get the princess.

Mortal combat corrupts, and war corrupts absolutely.

One man, one vote: A legal doctrine requiring that, from time to time, old gerrymanders be replaced with new ones. The object of this is the achievement of genuine democracy.

Timidity can be as dangerous as rashness.

Too far a retreat from reality is insanity.

Will none wipe the sneer off the face of the cosmos?


(November 25 is also the birthday of Andrew Carnegie.)

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Quotes of the day: William F. Buckley, Jr.

Published Monday, November 23, 2015 @ 9:20 PM EST
Nov 23 2015

William Frank Buckley, Jr. (November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008) was an American conservative author and commentator. He founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, which had a major impact in stimulating the conservative movement. He hosted 1,429 episodes of the television show Firing Line (1966–1999) where he became known for his transatlantic accent and wide vocabulary. He also wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column and numerous spy novels. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop,' at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.

A society is not 'free' merely because the freedoms the people are doing away with are those they voted at the last election to do without.

All adventure is now reactionary.

Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich.

Conservatives pride themselves on resisting change, which is as it should be. But intelligent deference to tradition and stability can evolve into intellectual sloth and moral fanaticism, as when conservatives simply decline to look up from dogma because the effort to raise their heads and reconsider is too great.

Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.

I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.

I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it, and one is the feeling that I haven't just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.

I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth.

I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.

I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.

I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word 'fair' in connection with income tax policies.

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.

I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.

I've always subconsciously looked out for the total Christian and when I found him he turned out to be a non-practicing Jew.

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.

It had all the earmarks of a CIA operation; the bomb killed everybody in the room except the intended target!

It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for.

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.

Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.

The more complicated and powerful the job, the more rudimentary the preparation for it.

The superstition that the hounds of truth will rout the vermin of error seems, like a fragment of Victorian lace, quaint, but too brittle to be lifted out of the showcase.

Truth is a demure lady, much too ladylike to knock you on your head and drag you to her cave. She is there, but people must want her, and seek her out.

We are so concerned to flatter the majority that we lose sight of how every so often it is necessary in order to preserve freedom for the minority, let alone for the individual, to face that majority down.


(November 24 is also the birthday of Moss Hart and Arundhati Roy.)

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Published Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 7:44 PM EST
Nov 22 2015

Giving my 19-year-old cat catnip is like trying to get your grandma drunk.

It's a couple years old, but I just stumbled across the ten-year reunion concert of the cast of the 2003 movie School of Rock. Jack Black is recognizable, but the kids have all grown up.

I've given up on the Theory of Gravity, and now believe in Intelligent Falling.

The arrogance of the young is a direct result of not having known enough consequences. The turkey that every day greedily approaches the farmer who tosses him grain is not wrong. It is just that no one ever told him about Thanksgiving.
-Harry Golden

Best read of the day: two classic Jimmy Breslin columns on the death of JFK.

Related: Two other great men died on November 22, 1963.

Categories: Miscellany

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Of course, it was the 50s, and he's an alien...

Published Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 9:29 PM EST
Nov 21 2015

Categories: Immigration; Racism; Superman

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This almost makes the music tolerable

Published Friday, November 20, 2015 @ 4:50 PM EST
Nov 20 2015

Categories: Dance; Music; Video; YouTube

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Sound advice

Published Friday, November 20, 2015 @ 5:59 AM EST
Nov 20 2015

Categories: Cartoons; Wisdom

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Published Thursday, November 19, 2015 @ 12:07 AM EST
Nov 19 2015

Categories: Cartoons; ISIS

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Speaking of theology...

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015 @ 8:43 AM EST
Nov 18 2015

Categories: Cartoons; Christmas; Starbucks

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Almost, but not quite

Published Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @ 5:17 AM EST
Nov 17 2015

I still have matters requiring immediate attention with which to deal, so it'll be another day or two until we return.

Thanks for your patience and consideration.




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