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nothing succeeds like success

  1. People who are already successful tend to have additional successes.
    • 1870, Wilkie Collins, Man and Wife, Prologue:
      Always rising, Mr. Delamayn rose next to be Attorney-General. About the same time—so true it is that "nothing succeeds like success"—a childless relative died and left him a fortune.
    • 1899, E. W. Hornung, "Gentlemen and Players" in The Amateur Cracksman:
      I gained considerable kudos for a lucky catch . . . and, as nothing succeeds like success, and the constant encouragement of the one great cricketer on the field was in itself an immense stimulus, I actually made a run or two in my very next innings.
    • 1962 October 12, "Education: All-Programmed School," Time:
      The theory of programmed learning is that nothing succeeds like success. It holds that some subjects are learned best when broken into tiny chunks of information that students can master one by one, each step providing its own little thrill of accomplishment.
    • 2009 Sep. 20, Edward Wyatt, "Familiarity and a Few Surprises at the Emmys," New York Times (retrieved 11 Dec 2012):
      In television, nothing succeeds like success. So it was Sunday night at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards, where five of the top six categories featured repeat winners from last year.

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