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Daemon
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Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes—they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
Mehrdad77
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In order to run a great business, you must know that a bunch of really intrinsically unhappy people, that's not a recipe for success. Don't be anywhere you don't need to be; it's just like that.
Mick Fleetwood
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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill
Mehrdad77
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The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Vince Lombardi
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Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein
JMV
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015 2:23:32 AM

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Is it just me or is Agatha Christie quoted A LOT on this site? She was a great mystery writer, but some of her recent quotes haven't even been worthy of much discussion (one man's opinion). Why not mix it up a bit and vary your sources more? There are A LOT of good quotes out there to reflect on and it seems like your "people pool" is fairly small.
Just an observation.

Mehrdad77 . . . for what it's worth, your quotes on success were much more interesting - as were the people who authored them. :-)
Bully_rus
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For sure, failure is just as well depressing... Though at least winner have its laurel wreath.
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Hmmmm one to think about. Perhaps it then makes the success worthwhile and one can retain it for longer...not quite sure where I am this morning but something like that d'oh!
belll
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JMV wrote:
Is it just me or is Agatha Christie quoted A LOT on this site? She was a great mystery writer, but some of her recent quotes haven't even been worthy of much discussion (one man's opinion). Why not mix it up a bit and vary your sources more? There are A LOT of good quotes out there to reflect on and it seems like your "people pool" is fairly small.
Just an observation.

Mehrdad77 . . . for what it's worth, your quotes on success were much more interesting - as were the people who authored them. :-)


For what its worth she was a good writer. Remember her books were make into feature length entertaining tv. I love Agatha.... She explored complex relationships or behaviours and recorded things that help us look back and think so this was happening even back then. I haven't seen much of her on the site. This is the second time she has been quoted in a row. Surely we can make do with this much of her after all we will not be getting new material from her any more and this might just be one way to get a little bit from her.

.... What is fame? What is it really worth. Even great authors are forgotten easily in our time. I guess a time is coming when we will say who is Shakespeare? Who is William Wordsworth? Who is J.B Keats? And who is Shelley?...

P.S. The last 2 were poets😊 hahaha
Shamshad Ali Afridi
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If the authors who are quoted could earn neurons, Agatha Christie would be the undisputed leader. :)
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Milica Boghunovich
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015 10:15:10 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes—they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)


Many who consider themselves successes may not be seen as successes when viewed from a vantage point of a decent inventory of values (moral inventory)...
Milica Boghunovich
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Mehrdad77 wrote:
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein


Applause Applause Applause
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"So you've won the rat race, you're still a rat."
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To be sure, there is often great sacrifice and tragedy hidden behind success, and it is seldom, if ever, mentioned. Society just looks at success superficially. Agatha Christie's quote distills the truth behind the facade . . . that for which we strive, once we or others attain it, is so often a mask. No matter what the success is, ultimately there is an emptiness that accompanies it. There is always another dollar, another success, another achievement to be sought. No peace. Ultimately, success, like everything else, won't bring us happiness or sustenance. It is just another black hole to be filled.

I like the Winston Churchill quote that Mehrad put up . . .
Russella
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Milica Boghunovich wrote:
Daemon wrote:
Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes—they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)


Many who consider themselves successes may not be seen as successes when viewed from a vantage point of a decent inventory of values (moral inventory)...


NICE. Thank you.
Russella
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Daemon wrote:
Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes—they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)


I think this means that success takes one hostage and makes one a prisoner of its insatiable hunger for recognition, whether it is in the form of money, public adoration, accolades, or even self-satisfaction. To escape this is not easy . . . I have been trying for 24 years, looking to Epictetus for the direction and guidance to live a life unhindered by such needs and grasping, for my "successes" are those that society does not sing for or even recognize.
ChristopherJohnson
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Too intricate to my simple mind. To me, this witticism makes no sense.
johnfl
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LIKE ALBERT EINSTEIN SAID "I`ll take value over success every time"
Newagenda
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015 7:27:21 PM
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JMV wrote:

Is it just me or is Agatha Christie quoted A LOT on this site? She was a great mystery writer, but some of her recent quotes haven't even been worthy of much discussion (one man's opinion). Why not mix it up a bit and vary your sources more? There are A LOT of good quotes out there to reflect on and it seems like your "people pool" is fairly small.
Just an observation.

Mehrdad77 . . . for what it's worth, your quotes on success were much more interesting - as were the people who authored them. :-)

I don't disagree with youDancing I have read a lot of Steven Covey especially his 8th habit. It has a lot of story to motivate people to become successful in all kinds of business.
Wanderer
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015 7:42:08 PM

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Oh the humanity! Poor successful people. It isn't their fault they stepped on, polluted the air, land and water! They were driven! And they earned it.
ddaniel
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015 9:52:18 PM

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that sounds rather vain - to reassure themselves about themselves... regardless of the purpose, success should only measured in how many others are helped
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Daemon wrote:
Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes—they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)


Conversely, they need no reassurance: "The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves that they don't give a damn.”
― Agatha Christie, Sparkling Cyanide
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