success quotes

ThESE Quotes are taken from the book “He Can Who Thinks He Can.”  It was published in 1908 by Orison Swett Marden, the founder of Success magazine (1850-1924.) 

It’s significant to note that they were underlined by the hand of John Patterson.  He is widely considered the father of sales training.  Enjoy them!

  • Self-reliance is the best capital in the world.
  • Self-deprecation is a crime.
  • The greatest enemies of achievement are fear, doubt and vacillation.
  • Every child should be taught to expect success.
  • If others can do such wonderful things why can not I?

  • Make a resolution that you are going to be an educated man.
  • The man who has learned the art of seeing things looks with his brain.
  • The best educated people are those who are always learning, always absorbing knowledge from every possible source and at every opportunity.
  • It is not such a very great undertaking to get all of the essentials of a college course at home, or at least a fair substitute for it.
  • People do not realize the immense value of utilizing spare minutes.
  • To eliminate every thing that can possibly retard us is the first preparation for a successful career.
  • Timidity also hinders freedom.
  • Many people are imprisoned by ignorance.
  • Get freedom at any cost.
  • Be yourself.
  • Let no consideration tie your tongue or purchase your opinion.
  • Multitudes of people, enslaved by bad physical habits, are unable to get their best selves into their work.
  • Your judgment is your best friend; your common sense is your great life partner.
  • ’It can not be done’ cries the man without imagination. ’It can be done, it shall be done’ cries the dreamer.
  • Do not stop dreaming.
  • A test of the quality of the individual is the spirit in which he does his work.
  • Put the right spirit into your work.
  • Some people never see any beauty anywhere. Others see it everywhere.
  • No matter how humble your work may seem, do it in the spirit of an artist, of a master.
  • Your life work is your statue.
  • Some of the greatest men in history never discovered themselves until they lost everything but their pluck and grit.
  • Responsibility is a great power developer.
  • Do not be afraid to pile responsibility upon your employees.
  • The way to bring out the reserve in a man is to pile responsibility upon him. If there is anything in him, this will reveal it.
  • I know young men who believe in everybody but themselves.
  • Do not be afraid to trust yourself. Have faith in your own ability to think along original lines. If there is anything in you, self reliance will bring it out.
  • If one is so loosely attached to his occupation that he can be easily induced to give it up, you may be sure that he is not in the right place.
  • Today we carry out the inspiration of the day.
  • Almost anybody can resolve to do a great thing; it is only the strong, determined character that puts the resolve into execution.
  • The putting off habit will kill the strongest initiative.
  • Character is the greatest force in the world.
  • It is easy to find successful merchant, but not so easy to find men who put character above merchandise.
  • No substitute has ever yet been discovered for honesty.
  • Success can not be copied- can not be successfully imitated.
  • The principles by which the problem of success is solved are right and justice, honesty and integrity; and just in proportion as a man deviates from those principles he falls short from solving his problem.
  • Happiness is a condition of mind.
  • The very essence of happiness is honesty, sincerity, and truthfulness.
  • Real happiness is so simple that most people do not recognize it.
  • Few people ever learn the art of enjoying the little things of life as they go along.
  • No man can be happy when he harbors thoughts of revenge, jealousy, envy or hatred.
  • The world makes way for the man with an idea.
  • Do not imitate.
  • Resolve that you will be a man of ideas, always on the lookout for improvement.
  • Originality is the best substitute for advertising.
  • To be eccentric is not to be weak, but more often it is a sign of strength.
  • Do not be afraid of being original.
  • Do not imitate even your heroes.
  • Just be yourself.
  • The ability to read people at sight is a great business asset.
  • No idle life can produce a real man.
  • The idle man is like an idle machine. It destroys itself very quickly.
  • Power gravitates to the man who knows how.
  • There is no word in the English language more misused and abused than ’luck’.
  • The highest service you can ever render the world, the greatest thing you can ever do, is to make yourself the largest, completest, and squarest man possible.
  • There is no other fame like that – no achievement like that.
  • The struggle to get away from poverty has been a great man-developer.
  • Poverty is of no value except as a vantage ground for a starting point.
  • It is the student who has to struggle hardest to obtain education that gets the most discipline and good out of it.

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