Quotes by Orison Swett Marden

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Self-Control is the very essence of character. To be able to look a man straight in the eye, calmly and deliberately, without the slightest ruffle of temper under extreme provocation, gives a sense of power which nothing else can give. To feel that you are always, not sometimes, master of yourself, gives a dignity and strength to character, buttresses it, supports it on every side, as nothing else can. This is the culmination of thought mastery. more...

The inspiration of a single book has made preachers, poets, philosophers, authors, and statesmen. On the other hand, the demoralization of a single book has sometimes made infidels, profligates, and criminals. more...

A great many people never really discover themselves until ruin stares them in the face. They do not seem to know how to bring out their reserves until they are overtaken by an overwhelming disaster, or until the sight of their blighted prospects and of the wreck of their homes and happiness stirs them to the very center of their beings.... There is something in defeat which puts new determination into a man of mettle. more...

Defeats and failures are great developers of character. They have made the giants of our race by giving Titanic muscles, brawny sinews, and far-reaching intellects. more...

Opportunity is coy, is swift, is gone, before the slow, the unobservant, the indolent, or the careless can seize her. more...

The divine injunction to be perfect, even as He is perfect, was not given man to mock him. The possibility of our waking in His likeness is literally true. more...

Pessimism has never done anything but tear down and destroy what optimism has built up. more...

Men are naturally lazy, and require some great stimulus to goad their flagging ambitions and enable them to overcome the inertia which comes from ease and the consciousness of inherited wealth. Whatever lessens in a young man the feeling that he must make his way in the world cripples his chance of success. Poverty has ever been the priceless spur that has goaded man up to his own loaf. more...

Our thoughts are like roots which reach out in every direction into the cosmic ocean of formless energy, and these thought-roots set in motion vibrations like themselves and attract the affinities of our desires and ambitions. more...

No matter how humble your work may seem, do it in the spirit of an artist, of a master. In this way you lift it out of commonness and rob it of what would otherwise be drudgery. more...

Success is in the student, not in the university; greatness is in the individual, not in the library; power is in the man, not in his crutches. A great man will make opportunities, even out of the commonest and meanest situations. If a man is not superior to his education, is not larger than his crutches or his helps, if he is not greater than the means of his culture, which are but the sign-boards pointing the way to success, he will never reach greatness. Not learning, not culture alone, not helps and opportunities, but personal power and sterling integrity, make a man great. more...

Conquer yourself and you can conquer everything else. more...

Society is to the individual what the sun and showers are to the seed. It develops him, expands him, unfolds him, calls him out of himself. Other men are his opportunity. Each one is a match which ignites some new tinder in him unignitible by any previous match. Without these the sparks of individuality would sleep in him forever. more...

Whatever comes to us in life we create first in our mentality. As the building is a reality in all its details in the architects mind before a stone or brick is laid, so we create mentally everything which later becomes a reality in our achievement. more...

The moment man cuts himself off from living connection with the human race and its needs, he begins to die from poor circulation. more...

The man who has not learned the secret of taking the drudgery out of his task by flinging his whole soul into it, has not learned the first principles of success or happiness. more...

Good cheer is a great lubricant; it oils all of life's machinery. more...

The best books are those which lift us to a higher plane where we breathe a purer atmosphere. more...

Even the men most richly endowed with ability, education, and opportunity, even the giants of the race, after the completest life possible, feel, as they stand on the edge of the grave, that they are but human acorns with all their possibilities still in them, just beginning to sprout. more...

Anybody can work when everything goes smoothly, when there is nothing to trouble him; but a man must be made of the right kind of stuff who can rise above the things which harass and handicap the weak, and do his work in spite of them. Indeed, this is the test of greatness. more...

Dreams that are realized become an inspiration for new endeavor. It is in the power to make the dream good that we find the hope of this world. more...

What keeps so many people back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort. more...

Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, hope for tomorrow. more...

It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest. more...

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. more...

There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King. more...

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. more...

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. more...

We make the world we live in and shape our own environment. more...

There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become. more...

A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires. more...

The golden rule for every business man is this: 'Put yourself in your customer's place.' more...

There is only one thing for us to do, and that is to do our level best right where we are every day of our lives; To use our best judgment, and then to trust the rest to that Power which holds the forces of the universe in his hands. more...

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. more...

Your expectations opens or closes the doors of your supply, If you expect grand things, and work honestly for them, they will come to you, your supply will correspond with your expectation. more...

Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances. more...

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. more...

There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment. more...

Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours. more...

When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time. more...

Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us. more...

No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation. more...

We fail to see that we can control our destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be. more...

Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight. more...

Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day. more...

We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest. more...

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world. more...

Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us. more...

Every child should be taught to expect success more...

The world makes way for the man with an idea. more...

What we do for a living does not matter as much as how we do it. more...

Let us open up our natures, throw wide the doors of our hearts and let in the sunshine of good will and kindness. more...

Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. What he at first chooses, at last compels. more...

It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that make the master's fame. more...

Opportunities? They are all around us ... There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it. more...

Opportunity is latent in the very foundation of human society. Opportunity is everywhere about us. But the preparation to seize upon the opportunity, and to make the most of it, is to be made by every one for himself ... he will be self-made or never made. more...

But how shall I get ideas? 'Keep your wits open! Observe! Observe! Study! Study! But above all, Think! Think! And when a noble image is indelibly impressed upon the mind - Act! more...

There's no grander sight in the world than that of a person fired with a great purpose, dominated by one unwavering aim. more...

Wanted, a man who will not lose his individuality in a crowd, a man who has the courage of his convictions, who is not afraid to say "No," though all the world say "Yes. more...

If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. more...

We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves. more...

The lack of opportunity is ever the excuse of the weak. more...

Resolve that whatever you do, you will bring the whole man to it; that you will fling the whole weight of your being into it. more...

Poverty often hides her charms under an ugly mask; yet thousands have been forced into greatness by their very struggle to keep the wolf from the door. more...

Find your purpose and fling your life out to it. Find a way or make one. Try with all your might. Self-made or never made. more...

To have done no man a wrong...to walk and live, unseduced, within arm's length of what is not your own, with nothing between your desire and its gratification but the invisible law of rectitude-this is to be a man. more...

This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself? more...

One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is the small seed from which fortunes spring. more...

Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us. more...

Most men fail, not through lack of education, but from lack of dogged determination, from lack of dauntless will. more...

We do not know what we can bear until we are put to the test. Many a delicate mother, who thought that she could not survive the death of her children, has lived to bury her husband and the last one of a large family, and in addition to all this has seen her home and last dollar swept away; yet she has had the courage to bear it all and to go on as before. When the need comes, there is a power deep within us that answers the call. more...

It is those who have this imperative demand for the best in their natures, and who will accept nothing short of it, that holds the banners of progress, that set the standards, the ideals, for others. more...

Paradise is here or nowhere: you must take your joy with you or you will never find it. more...

There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do. more...

We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always, everywhere - your ideal of what you long to attain - the ideal of health, efficiency, success. more...

No young man starting in life could have better capital than plenty of friends. They will strengthen his credit, support him in every great effort, and make him what, unaided, he could never be. Friends of the right sort will help him more - to be happy and successful - than much money. more...

To think you can creates the force that can. more...

How true it is that, if we are cheerful and contented, all nature smiles, the air seems more balmy, the sky clearer, the earth has a brighter green... the flowers are more fragrant... and the sun, moon, and stars all appear more beautiful, and seem to rejoice with us. more...

Every germ of goodness will at last struggle into bloom and fruitage...true success follows every right step. more...

It is the youth who sees a great opportunity hidden in just these simple services, who sees a very uncommon situation, a humble position, who gets on in the world. more...

The lack of opportunity is ever the excuse of a weak, vacillating mind. Opportunities! Every life is full of them. Every newspaper article is an opportunity. Every client is an opportunity. Every sermon is an opportunity. Every business transaction is an opportunity, an opportunity to be polite, an opportunity to be manly, an opportunity to be honest, an opportunity to make friends. more...

There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor, the conquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when everyone else gives up, who pushes on when everyone else turns back. more...

We win half the battle when we make up our minds to take the world as we find it including the thorns. more...

They may well fear fate who have any infirmity of habit or aim: but they who rest on what is have a destiny beyond destiny, and can make mouths of fortune. more...

Live and let live is not enough; live and help live is not too much. more...

Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. more...

He is the richest man who enriches his country most; in whom the people feel richest and proudest; who gives himself with his money; who opens the doors of opportunity widest to those about him; who is ears to the deaf; eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. Such a man makes every acre of land in his community worth more, and makes richer every man who lives near him. more...

If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could throw us off our center, so that no matter what misfortune should overtake us, there would still be a whole magnificent man or woman left after being stripped of everything else. more...

There is something greater than wealth, grander even than fame - manhood, character, stand for success... nothing else really does. more...

You will always have to live with yourself, and it is to your best interest to see that you have good company - a clean, pure, straight, honest, upright, generous, magnanimous companion. more...

Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities. more...

The successful men of today are men of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single and intense purpose. more...

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. more...

The sculptor will chip off all unnecessary material to set free the angel. Nature will chip and pound us remorselessly to bring out our possibilities. She will strip us of wealth, humble our pride, humiliate our ambition, let us down from the ladder of fame, will discipline us in a thousand ways, if she can develop a little character. Everything must give way to that. Wealth is nothing, position is nothing, fame is nothing, manhood is everything. more...

People who have accomplished work worthwhile have had a very high sense of the way to do things. They have not been content with mediocrity. They have not confined themselves to the beaten tracks; they have never been satisfied to do things just as others so them, but always a little better. They always pushed things that came to their hands a little higher up, this little farther on, that counts in the quality of life's work. It is constant effort to be first-class in everything one attempts that conquers the heights of excellence. more...

The greatest trouble with most of us is that our demands upon ourselves are so feeble, the call upon the great within of us so weak and intermittent that it makes no impression upon the creative energies; it lacks the force that transmutes desires into realities. more...

There is a legend of an artist who long sought for a piece of sandalwood, out of which to carve a Madonna. He was about to give up in despair, leaving the vision of his life unrealized, when in a dream he was bidden to carve his Madonna from a block of oak wood which was destined for the fire. He obeyed and produced a masterpiece from a log of common firewood. Many of us lose great opportunities in life by waiting to find sandalwood for our carvings, when they really lie hidden in the common logs that we burn. more...

The secret of happiness is in a cheerful, contented mind. He is poor who is dissatisfied; he is rich who is contented with what he has, and can enjoy what others own. more...

The first part of success is 'Get-to-it-iveness'; the second part of success is 'Stick-to-it-iveness'. more...

Character: the grandest thing in the world. more...

Every thought which enters the mind, every word we utter, every deed we perform, makes its impression upon the inmost fiber of our being and the result of these impressions is our character. The study of books, of music, or of the fine arts is not essential to a lofty character. It rests with the worker whether a rude piece of marble shall be squared into a horse-block or carved into an Apollo, a Psyche, or a Venus di Milo. It is yours, if you choose, to develop a spiritual form more beautiful than any of these, instinct with immortal life, refulgent with all the glory of character. more...

The glow of satisfaction which follows the consciousness of doing our level best never comes to a human being from any other experience. more...

Thrift means that you should always have the best you can possibly afford, when the thing has any reference to your physical and mental health, to your growth in efficiency and power. more...

Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man's being. more...

The greatest advantage of books does not always come from what we remember of them, but from their suggestiveness, their character-building power. more...

The wearer of smiles and the bearer of a kindly disposition needs no introduction, but is welcome anywhere. more...

No one should voluntarily remain in an environment which prevents his development. more...

Keep fear out of your child's mind, as you would keep poison out of his body; for fear is the deadliest of mental poisons. more...

We lend power to the things we fear! more...

We can give our smiles, our encouragement, our sympathy to someone who needs them every day of the year. more...

There is no medicine like hope ... more...

We lift ourselves by our own thought; we climb upon our vision of ourselves. more...

The mill cannot grind with the water that has passed. more...

Every one who has labored honestly in the past has aided to place knowledge and comfort within the reach of a constantly increasing number. more...

A lobster, when left high and dry among the rock, does not have the sense enough to work his way back to the sea, but waits for the sea to come to him. If it does not come, he remains where he is and dies, although the slightest effort would enable him to reach the waves, which are perhaps within a yard of him. The world is full of human lobsters; people stranded on the rocks of indecision and procrastination, who, instead of putting forth their own energies, are waiting for some grand billow of good fortune to set them afloat. more...

The giants of the race have been men of concentration, who have struck sledge-hammer blows in one place until they have accomplished their purpose. The successful men of today are men of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single and intense purpose. more...

You know from past experiences that whenever you have been driven to the wall, or thought you were, you have extricated yourself in a way which you never would have dreamed possible had you not been put to the test. The trouble is that in your everyday life you don't go deep enough to tap the divine mind within you. more...

Concentrate . . . for the greatest achievements are reserved for the man of single aim, in whom no rival powers divide the empire of the soul. more...

There is no law by which one can, as long as he thinks he can't. more...

What a great discrepancy there is between people and the results they achieve! It is due to the difference in their power of calling together all the rays of their ability, and concentrating them upon one point. more...

Fear is a great robber of power. It paralyzes the thinking faculties, ruins spontaneity, enthusiasm, and self confidence. It has a blighting effect upon all one's thoughts, moods, and efforts. It destroys ambition and efficiency. more...

Many mothers make the mistake of forever looking for the bad in the child, trying to . . . uproot and drive it out. This is like trying to eject the darkness from a room without opening the shutters and letting in the light. As John Newton said, 'I cannot sweep the darkness out, but I can shine it out.' more...

Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes through your hands. Stamp it with your manhood. Let superiority be your trademark... more...

Superiority - doing things a little better than anybody else can do them. more...

Great men are but common men more fully developed and ripened. more...

Doing common things uncommonly well. more...

It is just the little difference between the good and the best that makes the difference between the artist and the artisan. It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that makes the master's fame. more...

Whatever our creed, we feel that no good deed can by any possibility go unrewarded, no evil deed unpunished. more...

There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor; the unconquerable will. more...

Opportunity always looks bigger going than coming. more...

Opportunity is often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be tuning in more...

Ambition is the incentive that makes purpose GREAT and ACHIEVEMENT greater! more...

We cannot separate our lives from time. Why is it that we are so extravagant, so thoughtless, in our waste of time, especially in youth, when we cling so tenaciously to life? You cannot separate a wasted hour from the same duration of your life. If you waste your time, you must waste your life. If you improve your time, you cannot help improving your life. more...

There can be no life which does not contain something to be grateful for, and the habit of gratitude is one of the most powerful assets of success and happiness which can be named. more...

The power of material things, to bestow happiness, to bring joy into the life is tremendously exaggerated. But The right mental attitude for example gratitude that things are not worse, the trained mind the right habits of thought - lifeskills, will bring to us the best there is in the universe. more...

You must bring every particle of your energy, unanswerable resolution, your best efforts, your persistent industry to your task or the best will not come out of you. You must back up your ambition by your whole nature, by unbounded enthusiasm and a determination to win which knows no failure. more...

Without continuous effort there cannot be continuous achievement. more...

There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority. more...

A will finds a way. more...

All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. more...

Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire. more...

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. more...

The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world. more...

Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities. more...

To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success. more...

A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements. more...

All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible. more...

Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them. more...

Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action. more...

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. more...

The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action. more...

It is psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind. more...

There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake. more...

Be larger than your task. more...

The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor. more...

Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work. more...

A good system shortens the road to the goal. more...

Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career. more...

You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them. more...

No man can be ideally successful until he has found his place. Like a locomotive he is strong on the track, but weak anywhere else. more...

Put the uncommon effort into the common task... make it large by doing it in a great way. more...

There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in us. more...

Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being. more...

If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place. more...

Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory. more...

The man who has no money is poor, but one who has nothing but money is poorer. He only is rich who can enjoy without owning; he is poor who though he has millions is covetous. more...

The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other. more...

You will never succeed while smarting under the drudgery of your occupation, if you are constantly haunted with the idea that you could succeed better in something else. more...

The size of your accomplishments, the quality of your achievement, will depend very largely on how big a man you see in yourself, what sort of image you get of your possible self, yourself at your best. more...

No man fails who does his best. more...

We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out. more...

Every youth owes it to himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him. more...

You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused, and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing. more...

No one has a corner on success. It is his who pays the price. more...

The hand cannot reach higher than does the heart. more...

It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well. more...

What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart? more...

The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling. more...

Unless you have prepared yourself to profit by your chance, the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. A great occasion is valuable to you just in proportion as you have educated yourself to make use of it. more...

Power gravitates to the man who knows how. more...

The hopeful man sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storm. more...

Let your air be that of a winner, a man who is resolved to make his way in the world, to make himself stand for something. more...

What we sincerely believe regarding ourselves is true for us. more...

No man is beaten until his hope is annihilated, his confidence gone, As long as a man faces life hopefully, confidently, triumphantly, he is not a failure; he is not beaten until he turns his back on life. more...

Who can estimate the real wealth that inheres in a fine character. . . . How base and mean money and huge estates look in comparison. All other things fade before it. Its touch is like magic to win friendship, influence, power. Can you afford to chill, to discourage, to crush out of your life this sweet, sensitive plant, which would flower in your nature and give added glory to your life, for the sake of a few dollars, a little questionable fame? more...

Mirth is God's medicine; everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety-all the rust of life- ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. more...

It is certain that the greatest poets, orators, statesmen, and historians, men of the most brilliant and imposing talents, have labored as hard, if not harder, than day laborers; and that the most obvious reason why they have been superior to other men is that they have taken more pains than other men. more...

Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small. more...

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. The mountain teaches stability and grandeur; the ocean immensity and change. Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes, - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. Even the bee and ant have brought their little lessons of industry and economy. more...

A man will remain a rag-picker as long as he has only the vision of a rag-picker. more...

What are stumbling blocks and defeat to the weak and vacillating are but stepping stones to victory to the determined soul. more...

Just make up your mind at the very outset that your work is going to stand for quality... that you are going to stamp a superior quality upon everything that goes out of your hands, that whatever you do shall bear the hallmark of excellence. more...

Money, influence, and position are nothing compared with brains, principles, energy and perseverances. more...

You will find the whole world will change to you when you change your attitude toward it. more...

He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. more...

When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, this is happiness, this is success. more...

The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably thought and act. more...

The world is full of human lobsters; men stranded on the rocks of indecision and procrastination, who, instead of putting forth their own energies, are waiting for some grand billow of good fortune to set them afloat. more...

There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor; the unconquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when everyone else gives up, who pushes on when everyone else turns back. more...

The golden rule for every business man is this: 'Put yourself in your customer's place. more...

The universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. The mountain teaches stability and grandeur; the ocean immensity and change. Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes-every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. more...

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow. more...

But how shall I get ideas? Keep your wits open! Observe! Observe! Study! Study! But above all, Think! Think! And when a noble image is indelibly impressed upon the mind - Act! more...

Opportunities? They are all around us... There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it. more...

If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could more...

Concentration is the factor that causes the great discrepancy between men and the results they achieve... the difference in their power of calling together all the rays of their ability and concentrating on one point. more...

It is just the little difference between the good and the best that makes the difference between the artist and the artisan. It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that makes the master's fame. more...

We must give more in order to get more, It is the generous giving of ourselves that produce the generous harvest. more...

Just make up your mind at the very outset that your work is going to stand for quality... that you are going to stamp a superior quality upon everything that goes out of your hands, that whatever you do shall bear the hall-mark of excellence. more...

Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes through your hands. Stamp it with your manhood. Let superiority be your trademark... more...

No young man starting in life could have better capital than plenty of friends. They will strengthen his credit, support him in every great effort, and make him what, unaided, he could never be. Friends of the right sort will help him more - to be happy and successful - than much money... more...

Every germ of goodness will at last struggle into bloom and fruitage; true success follows every right step. more...

The sculptor will chip off all unnecessary material to set free the angel. Nature will chip and pound us remorselessly to bring out our possibilities. She will strip us of wealth, humble our pride, humiliate our ambition, let us down from the ladder of fame, will discipline us in a thousand ways, if she can develop a little character, Everything must give way to that. Wealth is nothing, position is nothing, fame is nothing, manhood is everything. more...

The lack of opportunity is ever the excuse of a weak, vacillating mind. Opportunities! Every life is full of them. Every newspaper article is an opportunity. Every client is an opportunity. Every sermon is an opportunity. Every business transaction is an opportunity - an opportunity to be polite - an opportunity to be manly - an opportunity to be honest - an opportunity to make friends. more...

When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, and all of his faculties say amen to what he is doing, and give their unqualified approval to his efforts, - this is happiness, this is success. more...

What keeps so many employers back is simple unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort. more...

How can I develop myself into the grandest possible manhood? more...

We lift ourselves by our thought. more...

Make every occasion a great occasion, for you can never tell who may be taking your measure for a higher place. more...

A woman who is self-reliant, positive, optimistic, and undertakes her work with the assurance of success magnetizes her condition. She draws to herself the creative powers of the universe. more...

Life is not mean, it is grand; if it is mean to any, he or she makes it so. God made it glorious. It is paved with diamonds; its banks he fringed with flowers. He overarched it with stars. Around it He spread the glory of the physical universe-suns, moon, worlds, constellations, systems-all that is magnificent in motion, sublime in magnitude, and grand in order and obedience. God would not have attended life with this broad march of grandeur if it did not mean something. more...

Every great man has become great, every successful man has succeeded, in proportion as he has confined his powers to one particular channel. more...

Put yourself in your customer's place. more...

Believe with all your heart that you will do what you were made to do. more...

Unless you are prepared yourself to profit by your chance, the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. A great occasion is valuable to you in proportion as you have educated yourself to make use of it. more...

Who would have ever heard of Theodore Roosevelt outside of his immediate community if he had only half committed himself? The great secret of his career was that he has flung his whole life with all the determination and energy he could muster. more...

No man can hope to accomplish anything great in this world until he throws his whole soul, flings the force of his whole life, into it. It is not enough simply to have a general desire to accomplish something. There is but one way to do that; and that is, to try to be somebody with all the concentrated energy we can muster. more...

One of the best strengtheners of character and developers of stamina ... is to assume the part you wish to play; to assert stoutly the possession of whatever you lack. more...

Laughter brightens the eye, increases the perspiration, expands the chest, forces the poisoned air from the least-used cells, and tends to restore that exquisite poise or balance which we call health. more...

When you finish a thing you ought to be able to say to yourself: 'There, I am willing to stand for that piece of work. It is not pretty well done; it is done as well as I can do it; done to a complete finish. I will stand for that. I am willing to be judged by it.' more...

Aspiration lifts the life; groveling lowers it. When we are striving for excellence in everything we do the entire life grows and expands, but if we allow our standards to drop, there is a natural progression that follows, a tendency for a downward effort in all that we do thereafter. more...

The trouble with us is that we expect too much from the great happenings, the unusual things, and we overlook the common flowers on the path of life, from which we might abstract sweets, comforts, delights. more...

Real happiness is so simple that most people do not recognize it. It is derived from the simplest, the quietest, the most unpretentious things in the world. more...

If we get the good that belongs to us here and now, we must extract the sweetness of each passing minute while it is ours. That is the real art of living in the today. more...

Play is as necessary to the perfect development of a child as sunshine is to the perfect development of a plant. more...

Worry clogs the brain and paralyzes the thought. A troubled brain can not think clearly, vigorously, locally. more...

Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. more...

People do not realise the immense value of utilising spare minutes. more...

There is a legend that when God was equipping man for his long life journey of exploration, the attendant good angel was about to add the gift of contentment and complete satisfaction. The Creator stayed his hand and said, 'No, if you bestow that upon him you will rob him forever of all joy of self-discovery.' more...

Self-confidence carries conviction; it makes other people believe in us. more...

As long as a man faces life hopefully, confidently, triumphantly he is not a failure more...


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