Many of our prayers were not answered, and for this we are now grateful.
Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers.
If we don't discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.
The big things that come our way are the fruit of seeds planted in the daily routine of our work.
A hotel isn't like a home, but it's better than being a house guest.
Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious.
One compensation of old age is that it excuses you from picnics.
Few of us get anything without working for it.
Next to a sincere compliment, I think I like a well-deserved and honest rebuke.
After saying our prayers, we ought to do something to make them come true.
Politeness is an inexpensive way to make friends.
A determination to succeed is the only way to succeed that I know anything about.
Back of ninety-nine out of one-hundred assertions that a thing cannot be done is nothing, but the unwillingness to do it.
No man is a failure who is enjoying life.
Every social injustice is not only cruel, but it is economic waste.
Temporary success can be achieved in spite of lack of other fundamental qualities, but no advancements can be maintained without hard work.
Do each daily task the best we can; act as though the eye of opportunity were always upon us.
If a man can make typewriters better than anyone else, let us, in the name of common sense, keep him on the job of making typewriters.
The determination of life insurance salesmen to succeed has made life pretty soft for widows.
An invitation to a wedding invokes more trouble than a summons to a police court.
The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
Getting along with others is the essence of getting ahead, success being linked with cooperation.
Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favourable do nothing.
Business demands faith, compels earnestness, requires courage, is honestly selfish, is penalized for mistakes, and is the essence of life.
Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.
BUSINESS and LIFE are like a bank account-you can't take out more than you put in.
Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.
It is better to rely on yourself than on your friends.
One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.
Most of us regard good luck as our right, and bad luck as a betrayal of that right.
The reward of energy, enterprise and thrift is taxes.
The only thrill worthwhile is the one that comes from making something out of yourself.
The hardest job of all is trying to look busy when you're not.
Work is the best method devised for killing time.
Business is always interfering with pleasure -- but it makes other pleasures possible.
A woman seldom comes out of a sullen spell until she's sure her husband has suffered as much as she thinks he should.
Mistakes occur when a man is over-worked or over-confident.
When ordering lunch, the big executives are just as indecisive as the rest of us.
Concentrate on your job and you will forget your other troubles.
An idea isn't worth much until a man is found who has the energy and ability to make it work.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
The primary asset of any business is its organization.
Nothing happens to you that has not happened to someone else.
If at first you don't succeed, try hard work.
A man must not deny his manifest abilities, for that is to evade his obligations.
We don't need men with new ideas as much as we need men who will put energy behind the old ideas.
Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.
Laziness is the one common deficiency in mankind that blocks the establishment of a perfect world in which everyone leads a happy life.
The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men -- the man he is and the man he wants to be.
The wise man seeks little joys, knowing that life is long and that his quota of great joys is distinctly limited.
Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand.
None of us can buy goodwill; we must earn it.
Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age.
A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it.
An uncontrolled sense of humor is often costly in business.
Success is seldom achieved by people who contemplate the possibility of failure.
Almost any idea is good if a man has ability and is willing to work hard. The best idea is worthless if the creator is a loafer and ineffective.
He isn't a real boss until he has trained subordinates to shoulder most of his responsibilities.
Achievement is by all accounts to a great extent a matter of clinging after others have given up.
One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.
Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.
If people really liked to work, we'd still be plowing the land with sticks and transporting goods on our backs.
The way to get ahead is to start now.
The way to get ahead is to start now. If you start now, you will know a lot next year that you don't know now and that you would not have known next year if you had waited.
Wealth flows from energy and ideas.