Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.
Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.
Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.
Action is the real measure of intelligence.
The starting point of all achievement is desire.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.
Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.
The possibilities of creative effort connected with the subconscious mind are stupendous and imponderable. They inspire one with awe.
The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.
You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.
Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.
It is always your next move.
Definiteness of purpose with positive mental attitude is the starting point of all worthwhile achievement.
You give before you get.
No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
If the winds of fortune are temporarily blowing against you, remember that you can harness them and make them carry you toward your definite purpose, through the use of your imagination.
The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.
There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge.
If you're not learning while you're earning, you're cheating yourself of the better portion of your just compensation.
Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.
Man's brain may be compared to an electric battery...a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.
When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
There would be no advantage to be gained by sowing a field of wheat if the harvest did not return more than was sown.
It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served.
No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility.
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy unless you let him.
Understand this law and you will then know, beyond room for the slightest doubt, that you are constantly punishing yourself for every wrong you commit and rewarding yourself for every act of constructive conduct in which you indulge.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
Knowledge is only potential power.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.
The battle is all over except the "shouting" when one knows what is wanted and has made up his mind to get it, whatever the price may be.
Most misfortunes are the result of misused time.
Money without brains is always dangerous.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.
Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.
Every well built house started in the form of a definite purpose plus a definite plan in the nature of a set of blueprints.
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