Quotes by: Orison Swett Marden
Golden opportunities are nothing to laziness, but industry makes the commonest chances golden.
The sort of man you will make of yourself, how you will be regarded by the world, whether people will admire and respect or despise you, whether you win the approval or the condemnation of your Maker - all this is in your own hands.
Put variety into your mental bill of fare as well as into your physical. It will pay you rich returns.
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.
Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.
Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us.
It is psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind.
A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.
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.
Whoever uplifts civilization is rich though he die penniless, and future generations will erect his monument.
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.
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.
Live in the very soul of expectation of better things, in the conviction that something large, grand, and beautiful will await you if your efforts are intelligent, if your mind is kept in a creative condition and you struggle upward to your goal.
If you would attract good fortune, you must get rid of doubt. As long as that stands between you and your ambition, it will be a bar that will cut you off. You must have faith. No man can make a fortune while he is convinced that he can't.
You are never to allow a shadow of doubt to enter your mind that the Creator intended you to win in life's battle.
It is the idle man, not the great worker, who is always complaining that he has no time or opportunity.
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.
The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world.
Regard every suggestion that your life may be a failure, that you are not made like those who succeed, and that success is not for you, as a traitor, and expel it from your mind as you would a thief from your house.
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.
There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in us.
Every man ultimately falls into the company with which he affiliates. And he is the strongest who draws men to himself, who creates the company; and this is through having a positive quality - courage and physical prowess.
Work faithfully, and you will put yourself in possession of a glorious and enlarging happiness.
Economize in other things if you must, wear threadbare clothes if necessary, but never cheat your body or brain by the quality and quantity of your food. Poor, cheap food which produces low vitality and inferior brain force is the worst kind of economy.