Quotes by: Orison Swett Marden
The secret of success lies in that old word, 'Drudgery,' in doing one thing long after it ceases to be amusing; and it is 'this one thing I do' that gathers me together from my chaos, that concentrates me from possibilities to powers, and turns powers into achievements.
Strength of will is the test of a young man's possibilities. Can he will strong enough and hold whatever he undertakes with an iron grip?
We fail to see that we can control our destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be.
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.
We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out.
Put the uncommon effort into the common task... make it large by doing it in a great way.
Open eyes will discover opportunities everywhere; open ears will never fail to detect the cries of those who are perishing for assistance; open hearts will never want for worthy objects upon which to bestow their gifts; open hands will never lack for noble work to do.
Every youth owes it to himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him.
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.
One can make no better investment than the cultivation of a taste for the beautiful, for it will bring rainbow hues and enduring joys to the whole life. It will not only greatly increase one's capacity for happiness, but also one's efficiency.
No man can stand still; the moment progress is not made, retrogression begins. If the blade is not kept sharp and bright, the law of rust will assert its claim.
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.
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.
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.
The great thing in life is efficiency. If you amount to anything in the world, your time is valuable, your energy precious. They are your success capital, and you cannot afford to heedlessly throw them away or trifle with them.
If you would make the most of yourself, cut away all of your vitality sappers; get rid of everything which hampers you and holds you back, everything which wastes your energy, cuts down your working capital. Get freedom at any cost.
He who improves an opportunity sows a seed which will yield fruit in opportunity for himself and others.
Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
He has missed the finest lesson of culture and experience who has not learned how to enjoy without owning.
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.
The man who practises unselfishness, who is genuinely interested in the welfare of others, who feels it a privilege to have the power to do a fellow-creature a kindness - even though polished manners and a gracious presence may be absent - will be an elevating influence wherever he goes.
The man who would forge to the front in this competitive age must be a man of prompt and determined decision.