It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer.
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.
The great opportunity belongs to him who can see it, to him who can grasp it. The better part of your chance is right inside of you.
The most fascinating person is always the one of the most winning manners; not the one of greatest physical beauty.
It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that make the master's fame.
Opportunities? They are all around us ... There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.
The ability to cultivate friends is a powerful aid to success. It is capital which will stand by one when panics come, when banks fail, when business concerns go to the wall.
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.
Character is a mark cut upon something, and this indelible mark determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
The moment man cuts himself off from living connection with the human race and its needs, he begins to die from poor circulation.
One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is the small seed from which fortunes spring.
Good cheer is a great lubricant; it oils all of life's machinery.
Most men fail, not through lack of education or agreeable personal qualities, but from lack of dogged determination, from lack of dauntless will.
I wish I could fill every young man who reads these pages with an utter dread and horror of poverty. I wish I could make you so feel its shame, its constraint, its bitterness that you would make vows against it.
It is the idle man, not the great worker, who is always complaining that he has no time or opportunity.
Whatever our creed, we feel that no good deed can by any possibility go unrewarded, no evil deed unpunished.
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.
If you would make the most of yourself, never picture yourself as anything different from what you would actually be, the man or woman you long to become.
Great men are but common men more fully developed and ripened.
If we hold the poverty thought, the penury thought, the thought of lack, we cannot demonstrate abundance. We must hold the plenty thought if we would reach plenty.
Put variety into your mental bill of fare as well as into your physical. It will pay you rich returns.
What we do for a living does not matter so much as how we do it. It is the spirit in which we do our work that counts, and that counts through all eternity.
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.
Those who have accomplished great things in the world have been, as a rule, bold, aggressive, and self-confident. They dared to step out from the crowd and act in an original way. They were not afraid to be generals.
Sweeter than the perfume of roses is a reputation for a kind, charitable, unselfish nature; a ready disposition to do to others any good turn in your power.
The glow of satisfaction which follows the consciousness of doing our level best never comes to a human being from any other experience.
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.
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.
What is needed by him who would succeed in the highest degree possible is careful planning. He is to accumulate reserved power, that he may be equal to all emergencies.
One should live between extravagance and meanness. Don't save money by starving your mind. It is false economy never to take a holiday, or never to spend money for an evening's amusement or for a useful book.
There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority.
Without continuous effort there cannot be continuous achievement.
By constant contemplation of excellence, we clear our selfhood of all dross and impurities.
He has missed the finest lesson of culture and experience who has not learned how to enjoy without owning.
We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves.
The successful men of today are men of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single and intense purpose.
The mill cannot grind with the water that has passed.
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.
A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.
Opportunity is often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be tuning in.
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.
No one has a corner on success. It is his who pays the price.
Superiority -- doing things a little better than anybody else can do them.
Ambition is the incentive that makes purpose great and achievement greater!
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.
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.
You are never to allow a shadow of doubt to enter your mind that the Creator intended you to win in life's battle.
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.
The true doctrine is that labor -- systematic, effective, congenial labor -- is not only a necessity, but is the source of the highest enjoyment.
We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.
Whoever uplifts civilization is rich though he die penniless, and future generations will erect his monument.
The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world.
This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself?
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.
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.
Wanted: a man who is larger than his calling, who considers it a low estimate of his occupation to value it merely as a means of getting a living.
One of the secrets of a successful life is to be able to hold all of our energies upon one point, to focus all of the scattered rays of the mind upon one place or thing.
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.
Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being.
There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in us.
Enthusiasm will steady the heart and strengthen the will; it will give force to the thought and nerve to the hand until what was only a possibility becomes a reality.
The man who would forge to the front in this competitive age must be a man of prompt and determined decision.
Do not waste time dreaming of great faraway opportunities; do the best you can where you are. Open your petals of power and beauty and fling out the fragrance of your life in the place that has been assigned to you.
The hand cannot reach higher than does the heart.
Pessimism has never done anything but tear down and destroy what optimism has built up.
The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.
Our dreaming capacity gives us a peep into the glorious realities that await us further on. It is the evidence of things possible to us.
Live and let live is not enough; live and help live is not too much.
There is nothing in this world which men desire and struggle for, and that is good for them, of which there is not enough for everybody.
When we begin to desire a thing, to yearn for it with all our hearts, we begin to establish relationship with it in proportion to the strength and persistency of our longing and intelligent effort to realize it.
We fail to see that we can control our destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be.
Power gravitates to the man who knows how.
Poverty itself is not so bad as the poverty thought. It is the conviction that we are poor and must remain so that is fatal.
Whatever you do, don't discourage your dreaming propensity. Your heart's desires are not empty vaporings. They foreshadow possible realities. Man was made to aspire, to look upward.
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.
Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. What he at first chooses, at last compels.
Work faithfully, and you will put yourself in possession of a glorious and enlarging happiness.
Just try the effect of putting beauty into your life, a little every day. You will find it magical. It will broaden and light up your outlook upon the world as the acquisition of money or fame never can.
A man will remain a rag-picker as long as he has only the vision of a rag-picker.
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.
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.
If a thing seems to you worth working for at all, if it appears to you of moment enough to challenge any effort, then put into what you do all the enthusiasm of which you are capable, regardless of criticism.
No matter where your lot may be cast, no power on earth can keep you from making a man of yourself, a superb character, a masterpiece.
Something greater than wealth, grander even than fame -- that manhood, character, stand for success, and that nothing else really does.
Nothing that the mind of man can conceive is impossible.
No one can make the most of himself until he looks upon his life as a magnificent possibility, the materials for a great masterpiece, to mar or spoil which would be a great tragedy.
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.
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.
Opportunity always looks bigger going than coming.
It is just as important to set apart time for the development of our aesthetic faculties as for cultivating the money-getting instinct. A man cannot live by bread alone. His higher life demands an impalpable food.
Form the habit early in life of leaving your business at the store or wherever you may be employed. Never carry it home to mar the peace of your family; if you do, you will soon drive out the sunshine.
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.'
Concentrate ... for the greatest achievements are reserved for the man of single aim, in whom no rival powers divide the empire of the soul.
Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us.
We can give our smiles, our encouragement, our sympathy to someone who needs them every day of the year.
Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.
Be larger than your task.
There is no surer token of a little mind than to imagine that anything in the way of physical labor is dishonoring.
It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well.
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.
The greatest thing a man can possibly 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. It is not a question of what someone else can do or become which every youth should ask himself, but what can I do? How can I develop myself into the grandest possible manhood?
Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small.
He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't.
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.
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.
Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.
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.
Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, hope for tomorrow.
More men are ruined by underestimating the value of money than by overestimating it. Let us, then, abandon the affectation of despising money, and frankly own its value.
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.
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.
It is like the seed put in the soil -- the more one sows, the greater the harvest.
It is every one's sacred duty to keep himself in a condition to do the biggest thing possible to him.
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.
Every great man has become great, every successful man has succeeded, in proportion as he has confined his powers to one particular channel.
History furnishes thousands of examples of men who have seized occasions to accomplish results deemed impossible by those less resolute. Prompt decision and whole-souled action sweep the world before them.
Every youth owes it to himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him.
Necessity has been a priceless spur which has helped men to perform miracles against incredible odds.
If our dreams are sincere desires to achieve, not mere pipe-dreams, there is something deep within ourselves which comes out to meet them and helps to make them realities.
The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer's place.
Nearly all the great improvements, discoveries, inventions, and achievements which have elevated and blessed humanity have been the triumphs of enthusiasm.
The mere fact that so many continue to rise, year after year, out of just such conditions as you may think are fatal to your advancement, ought to convince you that you also can conquer your environment.
Self-confidence carries conviction; it makes other people believe in us.
Charm of personality is a divine gift that sways the strongest characters and sometimes even controls the destinies of nations.
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.
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.
The great aim of your life should be to keep your powers up to the highest possible standard, to so conserve your energies, guard your health, that you can make every occasion a great occasion.
It pays to cultivate popularity. It doubles success possibilities, develops manhood, and builds up character.
If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself.
There is no medicine like hope.
There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.
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.
Many a man owes his advancement very largely to his ability to converse well. The ability to interest people in your conversation, to hold them, is a great power.
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.
The world makes way for the man with an idea.