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I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to his or her fellow human beings.

I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word-politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.

I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn't give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.

I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.

I used to want the words "She tried" on my tombstone. Now I want "She did it."

I wrote for twelve years and collected 250 rejection slips before getting any fiction published, so I guess outside reinforcement isn't all that important to me.

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

I'm hardnosed about luck. I think it sucks. Yeah, if you spend seven years looking for a job as a copywriter, and then one day somebody gives you a job, you can say, "Gee, I was lucky I happened to go up there today." But dammit, I was going to go up there sooner or later in the next seventy years. ... If you're persistent in trying and doing and working, you almost make your own fortune.

I've been polite and I've always shown up. Somebody asked me if I had any advice for young people entering the business. I said: "Yeah, show up."

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

I've never sought success in order to get fame and money; it's the talent and the passion that count in success.

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

If a man be self-controlled, truthful, wise, and resolute, is there aught that can stay out of reach of such a man?

If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.

If a man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.

If a man wants his dreams to come true, he must wake up.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.

If at first you succeed, don't take any more stupid chances.


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