Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.
The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping .
Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism - and wars.
Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
Tell the audience what you're going to say, say it; then tell them what you've said.
Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.
People say I'm cocky, but am I supposed to sit here and be insecure and not know where my future's going or not realize that moviemaking is the greatest thing to happen to me.
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
Tell a child, a husband or an employee that he is stupid or dumb at a certain thing, that he has no gift for it, and that he is doing it all wrong and you have destroyed almost every incentive to try to improve. But use the opposite technique, be liberal with encouragement make the thing seem easy to do, let the other person know that you have faith in his ability to do it, that he has an undeveloped flair for it -- and he will practice until the dawn comes in at the window in order to excel.
I deal with the obvious. I present, reiterate and glorify the obvious because the obvious is what people need to be told.
Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.
If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Act as if you were already happy and that will tend to make you happy
When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make a lemonade
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
Remember that a man's name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in the English language.
Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago How did they work out Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them Didn't most of them turn out all right after all
It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.
Remember happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have it depends solely upon what you think
The best argument is that which seems merely an explanation.
Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.
Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
Voltaire - O. Henry - Thomas Kuhn - Paul Davies - Herbert Kaufman - Henry Drummond - Denis Waitley - Bill Bryson - Arthur C. Clarke - Antiphanes