Quotes by Og Mandino

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AI will make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force. more...

I will make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force. My reasoning they may counter; my speech they may distrust; my apparel they may disapprove; my face they may reject; and even my bargains may cause them suspicion; yet my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest clay. I will greet this day with love in my heart. more...

Many succumb to despair and fail without realizing that they already possess all the tools needed to acquire great wealth. more...

Action will destroy your procrastination. more...

We are unhappy because we no longer have our self esteem. We are unhappy, because we no longer believe we are a special miracle, a special creation of God. We have lost faith in ourselves. more...

If I persist long enough I will win. more...

Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. more...

I will not allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure. more...

Each misfortune you encounter will carry in it the seed of tomorrow's good luck. more...

Opportunities, many times, are so small that we glimpse them not and yet they are often the seeds of great enterprises. Opportunities are also everywhere and so you must always let your hook be hanging. When you least expect it, a great fish will swim by. more...

Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no mater how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles more...

All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath-so what does that make today worth? more...

I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat; for they are the words of fools. more...

My procrastination which has held me back was born of fear ... now I know that to conquer fear I must always act without hesitation and the flutters in my heart will vanish. Now I know that action reduces the lion of terror.... I will walk where the failure fears to walk. more...

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner. more...

I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepperd. I am lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed. more...

I will smile at friend and foe alike and make every effort to find, in him or her, a quality to praise, now that I realize the deepest yearning of human nature is the craving to be appreciated. more...

I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; Yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; Yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge. more...

And I leave you now, not with sadness but with satisfaction and joy that we came together and walked, arm in arm, through this brief moment of eternity. Who could ask for more? more...

Journey quietly on your pathway to forever with charity & a smile. When you depart it will be said by all that your legacy was a better world than the one you found. more...

All of us have been dying, hour by hour, since the moment we were born. Realizing this, let all things be placed in their proper perspective. . . . Remember, it is always later than you think. more...

I will greet this day with love in my heart. For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscles can split a shield and even destroy life itself but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of man. more...

Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find "tomorrow" on the calendars of fools. more...

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. more...

Pay less attention to what you hear about someone, and more to what you learn about them...as you make the effort. more...

The wind is never for the sailor who knows not to what port he is bound. more...

The master of a single trade can support a family. The master of seven trades cannot support himself. The wind is never for the sailor who knows not to what port he is bound. more...

Remember that the most difficult tasks are consummated, not by a single explosive burst of energy or effort, but by the constant daily application of the best you have within you. more...

I will form good habits and become their slaves. more...

Cherish each hour of this day for it can NEVER return. more...

Never settle for the crumbs of life. more...

Many years ago, when I was just about as complete a failure as one can become, I began to spend a good deal of time in libraries, looking for some answers. I found all the answers I needed in that golden vein of ore that every library has. more...

You learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of hope. more...

The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement more...

The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. more...

Already, it is later than you think for your earthly life at best, is only a blink of an eye between two eternities. more...

Victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. more...

Wealth, my son, should never be your goal in life. Your words are eloquent but they are mere words. True wealth is of the heart, not of the purse. more...

No, my son, do not aspire for wealth and labor not only to be rich. Strive instead for happiness, to be loved and to love, and most important to acquire peace of mind and serenity. more...

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better... or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future. more...

You can't conquer reality by running away from it. more...

My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action. more...

Only a habit can subdue another habit. more...

I determine to render more and better service, each day, than I am being paid to render. Those that reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what is required of them. more...

There are two kinds of discontented in this world, the discontented that works and the discontented that wrings its hands. The first gets what it wants and the second loses what it has. There is no cure for the first but success and there is no cure at all for the second. The very worst of my vices and bad habits will abate of themselves if they are brought to an accounting every day. more...

If I persist, if I continue to try, if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed! more...

Why do we continue to breed little minds who can find no recompense for their own failures other than to belittle and mock the talents, even the dress, of others? When will everyone realize that we are all equal in the eyes of God? more...

Never hide behind busy work. It takes just as much energy to fail as it does to succeed. more...

God will never give you any problems that he thinks you can't solve. more...

You do not live in a vacuum nor can you harvest the better fruits of life without help and ENCOURAGEMENT from others. more...

And so long as I can laugh, never will I be poor. This then, is one of nature's greatest gifts and I will waste it no more. more...

Love doesn't sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread: remade all the time, made new. more...

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future. more...

I will live this day as if it is my last. ...I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday's misfortunes, Yesterday's defeats, yesterday's aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad? more...

Cultivate the habit of laughter. more...

First, recognize that you are not a sheep who will be satisfied with only a few nibbles of dry grass or with following the herd as they wander aimlessly, bleating and whining, all of their days. Separate yourself now from the multitude of humanity so that you will be able to control your own destiny. Remember that what others think and say and do need never influence what you think and say and do. more...

A field of clay touched by the genius of man becomes a castle. more...

Failure is... the highway to success. more...

I will commit not the terrible crime of aiming too low. I will do the work that a failure will not do. I will always let my reach exceed my grasp. more...

Today I begin a new life. Today I shed my old skin which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity. Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all. more...

I am convinced that the greatest legacy we can leave our children are happy memories: those precious moments so much like pebbles on the beach that are plucked from the white sand and placed in tiny boxes that lay undisturbed on tall shelves until one day they spill out and time repeats itself, with joy and sweet sadness, in the child now an adult. more...

Today I will be the master of my emotions. more...

My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end. Nothing is easier than fault finding. All it will do is discolor my personality so that none will want to associate with me. That was my old life. No more. more...

I will keep a smile on my face and in my heart even when it hurts today. more...

Each problem has a positive side. more...

Always let your reach exceed your grasp. more...

Green grass grows where dry desert ends. more...

Practice the art of patience for nature never acts in haste. more...

So long as I can laugh, never will I be poor. more...

Laugh at yourself for man is most comical when he takes himself too seriously. more...

I will persist until I succeed! more...

The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what the task may be. This is a habit followed by all successful people since the beginning of time. Therefore I saith the surest way to doom yourself to mediocrity is to perform only the work for which you are paid. more...

You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame and self-pity. There is a better way to live. more...

You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity and the sour sound of whining. more...

If the ingredients for happiness are not within a person, no material success or entertainment or platinum credit cards can make that person smile. more...

Envy, like the worm, is always attracted to the fairest apple more...

Always strive to make the next hour better than this one. more...

Always will I dig for reasons to applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip. When I am tempted to criticize I will bite on my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs. more...

The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories. more...

I will greet this day with love in my heart. more...

Most humans, in varying degrees, are already dead. In one way or another they have lost their dreams, their ambitions, their desire for a better life. They have surrendered their fight for self-esteem and they have compromised their great potential. They have settled for a life of mediocrity, days of despair and nights of tears. They are no more than living deaths confined to cemeteries of their choice. Yet they need not remain in that state. They can be resurrected from their sorry condition. They can each perform the greatest miracle in the world. They can each come back from the dead... more...

Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. more...

Act now, for now is all you have. more...

Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance. more...

I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult... I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking. more...

Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. more...

A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. more...

Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future. more...

Each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence. more...

I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. more...

I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. more...

I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. more...

I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person. more...

I will walk where failures fear to walk. more...

I will work when failures seek rest. more...

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. more...

No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow! more...

The great difference between those who succeed and those who fail does not consist in the amount of work done by each but in the amount of intelligent work. more...

The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish good results while the strongest, by dispersing his effort over many chores, may fail to accomplish anything. more...

Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. more...

You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. more...

Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. more...

So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win. more...

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow! more...

Each failure to sell will increase your chances for success at your next attempt. more...

Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success. more...

Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. more...

The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish good results while the strongest, by dispersing his effort over many chores, may fail to accomplish anything. Drops of water, by continually falling, hone their passage through the hardest of rocks but the hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar and leaves no trace behind. more...

Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation a new meaning, no matter how frightening or difficult. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles. more...

Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra mile, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them! more...

Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously. more...

How do I change? If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labour. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be the master of my emotions. more...

Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a better way. more...

The only certain means of is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. more...

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. more...

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. more...

Do all things with love. more...

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity. more...

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. more...

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. more...

Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. more...

I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy. more...

Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools. more...

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. more...

There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late. more...

To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can. more...

I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted. more...

Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is... the highway to success. more...

It is those who concentrates on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality. more...

Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile! more...

The person who knows one thing and does it better than anyone else, even if it only be the art of raising lentils, receives the crown he merits. If he raises all his energy to that end, he is a benefactor of mankind and its rewarded as such. more...

Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished. more...

I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts. more...

To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you're dead. more...

You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home. more...

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. more...

Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence. more...

The secret of success is to triple your rate of failure. more...

I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge. more...

Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. more...

Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you. more...

Never feel shame for trying and failing, for he who never failed is he who never tried. more...

Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts. more...

A smile remains the most inexpensiv gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms. more...

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your dreams. more...

Remind thyself, in the darkest moments, that every failure is only a step toward success, every detection of what is false directs you toward what is true, every trial exhausts some tempting form of error, and every adversity will only hide, for a time, your path to peace and fulfillment. more...

He who worries about calamities suffers them twice over. more...

How do I change? If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be the master of my emotions. more...

Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come. more...

Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat... Never take yourself too seriously. more...

Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things. more...

Few things are necessary to make the wise man happy while no amount of material wealth would satisfy a fool. I am not a fool. more...

Do that which you dread and cherish those victories with pride. more...

Never, in all of the seventy billion humans who have walked this planet since the beginning of time has there been anyone exactly like you. Never, until the end of time, will there be another such as you. You have shown no knowledge or appreciation of your uniqueness. Yet, you are the rarest thing in the world. more...

I will live this day as if it is my last more...

Laugh and your life will be lengthened for this is the great secret of long life. more...

Now I know that patience and time can do more than even strength and passion. The years of frustration are ready to be harvested. All that I have managed to accomplish, and all that I hope to accomplish, has been and will be by that plodding, patient, persevering process which builds the ant heap, particle by particle, thought by thought, step by step. more...

I shall live this day as if it is my last. And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks. more...

The road to success, for me, was a long and arduous journey, strewn with obstacles and traps, pitfalls and hurdles-all created by myself. Painful as it is, I speak of those sad and frustrating times whenever I am invited to address sales gatherings, corporate conventions, and success rallies, in the hope that my personal experiences will serve as sufficient evidence for all who hear me that they have it in their own power to make their lives as glorious or as terrible as they choose. more...

Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper. more...

Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. more...

I can accomplish far more than I have, and I will, for why would the miracle which produced me end with my birth? Why can I not extend that miracle to my deeds of today? more...

You will achieve grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day - not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal - to do the best you can, enjoy this day, and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished. more...

I will waste not even a precious second today in anger or hate or jealousy or selfishness. I know that the seeds I sow I will harvest, because every action, good or bad, is always followed by an equal reaction. I will plant only good seeds this day. more...

I need not wait for I have the power to choose my own destiny. more...

Use wisely your power of choice. more...

You will achieve your grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day. more...

Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider yourself defeated again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile! more...

I will persist. I will always take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. more...

One of the great undiscovered joys of life comes from doing everything one attempts to the best of one's ability. The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement. more...

It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world more...

In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus, the first law I will obey, which precedeth all others is - I will form good habits and become their slave. more...

Take great comfort in knowing that ALL great feats are accomplished one small step at a time. more...

Never has there been a map, however carefully executed to detail and scale, which has carried its owner over even one inch of ground. Never has there been a parchment of law, however fair, which prevented one crime. Never has there been a scroll, even such as the one I hold, which so much as a penny or produced a single word of acclamation. Action, alone, is the tinder which ignites the map, the parchment, this scroll, my plans, my goals, into a living force. Action is the food and drink which will nourish my success. I will act now. more...

True security lies not in the things one has, but in the things one can do without. more...

Deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra mile, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. more...

Never will I pray for the material things of the world. I am not calling to a servant to bring me food. I am not ordering an innkeeper to provide me with room. Never will I seek delivery of gold, love, good health, petty victories, fame, success, or happiness. Only for guidance will I pray, that I may be shown the way to acquire these things, and my prayer will always be answered. more...

I am not a human being, i am a human becoming. more...

I am indeed a fortunate man and today's hours are but a bonus, undeserved. Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I, have departed? Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved? Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be? more...

Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. more...

In this world, the greatest rewards of success, wealth and happiness are usually obtained not through the exercise of special powers such a genius or intellect but through one's energetic use of simple means and ordinary qualities. more...

With no goals, no priorities, no life strategy of our own, we drift with the herd through an endless meadow of mediocrity, unable to break loose, to achieve even a small part of the dreams we once cherished. more...

What is past is past. You can do nothing about yesterday and last month and the failures of last year, but you can do everything toward making tomorrow and the rest of your life what you always dreamed it could be. more...

Procrastination can be driven from your personality through the simple technique of constantly commanding yourself to get into action . . . and then obeying that command immediately. more...

Who is of so little faith that in a moment of great disaster or heartbreak has not called to his God? more...

Never will I pursue happiness, because it is not a goal, just a by-product, and there is no happiness in having or in getting, only in giving. more...

If our lives are truly plans of God, someone had better call a meeting soon to remind us, once more, what great miracles we really are. more...

Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces. more...

Today.....I begin a new life". more...

... women have their roots in the ground, and often those roots are starved and ravaged, yet there is not a human alive who cannot reach and touch, with... her fingers, the very top of God's rainbow. more...

I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think, and now I know a great secret of life, for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements , and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise. more...

I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. more...

Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come. more...

Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail. more...

For the rest of my life there are two days that will never again trouble me. The first day is yesterday with all its blunders and tears, follies and defeats. Yesterday has passed away, beyond my control forever. The other day is tomorrow with all its pitfalls and threats, its dangers and mystery. Until the sun rises again I have no stake in tomorrow, for it is still unborn. more...

Nothing is easier than fault finding. more...

You will move in the direction you are facing. more...

In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits. more...

Wealth is good when it brings joy to others. more...

Failure is a man's inability to reach his goals in life, whatever they may be more...

I'd rather learn how to prevent failure than how to gain success, because for what is success other than a state of mind? more...

Already I am smiling in anticipation of the good to come more...

I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy. more...

If I must be a slave to habit let me be a slave to good habits. more...

I will become a firefly and even in the day my glow will be seen in spite of the sun. Let others be as butterflies who preen their wings yet depend on the charity of a flower for life. more...

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. more...

Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity, but with it you can accomplish miracles. more...

Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces. more...

Each day will be triumphant only when your smiles bring forth smiles from others. more...

Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold. more...

Realize how good you really are. more...

I will laugh at the world! Never will I allow myself to become so important, so wise, so dignified, so powerful, that I forget how to laugh at myself and my world.And so long as I can Laugh never will I be poor more...

Every one should be wealthy, if only for a day, so that each might realize that be being rich is not the ideal condition that most believe it is. And like the land, we should have little need for all that silver when we cease breating. Let us enjoy the smiling faces of as many children of god as we can while we are able to see them. more...

Sooner or later all mankind will realize that the greatest cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrow and crimes of humanity rests solely in acts of love. Love is the greatest gift from God. It is the divine spark that everywhere produces and restores life. To each and every one of us, love gives us the power to work miracles with your own life and those we touch. more...

The greatest secret in the world is that you only have to be a small measurable amount better than mediocrity ...and you've got it made. more...

I will embrace today's difficult tasks, take off my coat, and make dust in the world. more...

I will live this day as if it is my last. ...I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday's misfortunes, Yesterday's defeats, yesterday's aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad? more...

Choice! The key is choice. You have options. You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame, and self-pity. But hold on! If this is true then why have so many among us apparently elected to live in this manner? The answer is obvious. Those who live in unhappy failure have never exercised their options for a better way of life because they have never been aware that had any choices more...

Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all. more...

Remind thyself, in the darkest moments, that every failure is only a step toward success, ... Your life will never be the same again. more...

Do the very best that you can, in the things you do best, and you will know in thy soul, that you are the greatest success in the world. more...

And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success. more...

I will persist until I succeed. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking. more...

Success and rest don't sleep together. more...

True happiness lies within you. more...

Don't let your success of today lay you into complacency for tomorrow. For that is the worst form of failure. more...

I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. more...

Always I will take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I will persist until I succeed. more...

I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind infects me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep my eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass grows. more...

I will become a firefly and even in the day my glow will be seen in spite of the sun. Let others be as butterflies who preen their wings and yet depend upon the charity of a flower for life. I will be as the firefly and my light will brighten the world. more...

Happiness, in truth, may not be the fruit plucked by my action yet without action all fruit will die on the vine. I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. more...

It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality. more...

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams. more...

Treasure the love you have received above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. more...

Deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. more...

Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. more...

If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be the master of my emotions. more...

I am natures greatest miracle. Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me. I am a unique creature. more...

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. more...

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. more...


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