The achievement of something attempted. And a person who succeeds. Success is relative and temporary, but the attainment of success is among the most satisfying experiences. An artist can experience success frequently and deeply; seeing the growth of his / her artistic abilities and accomplishments, the exhibition and discussion of the work by an interested audience, prosperity from demand for the work, and hope that posterity will value it too.Quotes: "The reward of a thing well done is to have done it." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American writer and philosopher. "If your work of art is good, if it is true, it will find its echo and make its place -- in six months, in six years, or after you are gone. What is the difference?" Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French writer. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931), American inventor who obtained more than 1000 patents, including those for the microphone, the phonograph, and the incandescent light bulb. "Whatever else we are intended to do, we are not intended to succeed: failure is the fate allotted." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), English writer. "Success is relative: It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things." T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), American-British writer. The Family Reunion, 1939. "The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." May Smith. "Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more." A. Lou Vickery, contemporary American writer. "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." Bill Gates (1955-), American software developer. The success of his company, Microsoft, has made him the wealthiest man on earth. Also see art criticism, assessment, effort, evaluation, fame, flourish, game theory, goal, inspiration, masterpiece, motivation, praise, quality, standards, talent, and time.