Etymology of Success
- 1530s, “result, outcome,” from Latin successus “an advance, succession, happy outcome,” from succedere “come after” (see succeed). Meaning “accomplishment of desired end” (good success) first recorded 1580s.
The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS.
“That — with the squalid interpretation put on the word success — is our national disease. ” [William James to H.G. Wells, Sept. 11, 1906]
- Success story is attested from 1925. Among the French phrases used in English late 19c. were succès d’estime “cordial reception given to a literary work out of respect rather than admiration” and succès de scandale “success (especially of a work of art) dependent upon its scandalous character.
Quotes in Literature:
Failure is success if we learn from it.” Malcolm Forbes
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.” Mark Twain
In my opinion
The sweetest victory is the one that is the most difficult. Many of us avoid the thought of failure…that we do not aim to succeed. I do not completely agree with the definition of success pertaining to a happy out come. The Pope and crusades were successful in recapturing the city state of Jerusalem at the time and stopping the growth of Islam, but it was mainly a much bigger disaster in the long run-they did not foresee. It not only created many future problems for the church, but thousands of innocent people were killed in the process.