Quotes by: Orison Swett Marden
Every young man or woman should weigh the matter well before concluding that a college education is out of the question.
Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day.
It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest.
If you are ambitious to talk well, you must be as much as possible in the society of well-bred, cultured people. If you seclude yourself, though you are a college graduate, you will be a poor converser.
He is the richest man who enriches his country most; in whom the people feel richest and proudest; who gives himself with his money; who opens the doors of opportunity widest to those about him; who is ears to the deaf, eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame.
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.
A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work. Worry upsets our whole system; work keeps it in health and order.
The golden rule for every business man is this: 'Put yourself in your customer's place.'
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.
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.
Nearly all the great improvements, discoveries, inventions, and achievements which have elevated and blessed humanity have been the triumphs of enthusiasm.
The forthputting of willpower is a means of strengthening willpower. The will becomes strong by exercise. To stick to a thing till you are master is a test of intellectual discipline and power.
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.
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.
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.
There is not a single indication in man's wonderful mechanism that he was created for a life of poverty. There is something larger and grander for him in the divine plan than perpetual slavery to the bread-winning problem.
There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake.
Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.
Charm of personality is a divine gift that sways the strongest characters and sometimes even controls the destinies of nations.
Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.
There is no surer token of a little mind than to imagine that anything in the way of physical labor is dishonoring.
One of the greatest boons that can ever come to a human being is to be born on a farm and reared in the country. Self-reliance and grit are oftenest country-bred.