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The meaning and origin of the expression: Nothing succeeds like success

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Nothing succeeds like success


A proverb, expressing the idea that success breeds further success.


This view was first put into print by Sir Arthur Helps, in Realmah, 1868:

"Nothing succeeds like success." [Rien ne réussit comme le succès.]

We would be remiss in our duties if we didn't include the corny old joke:

"Nothing succeeds like a parrot with no teeth."