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Orison Swett Marden Quotes

(1850-1924), American Author, Founder of Success Magazine

Be larger than your task.

Category: Courage

This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself?

Category: Courage

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.

Category: Destiny

It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well.

Category: Enjoyment

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.

Category: Enjoyment

The man who has no money is poor, but one who has nothing but money is poorer. He only is rich who can enjoy without owning; he is poor who though he has millions is covetous.

Category: Enjoyment

You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused, and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing.

Category: Enjoyment

You will never succeed while smarting under the drudgery of your occupation, if you are constantly haunted with the idea that you could succeed better in something else.

Category: Enjoyment

Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us.

Category: Environment

We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.

Category: Environment

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.

Category: Environment

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...

Category: Environment

People who have accomplished work worthwhile have had a very high sense of the way to do things. They have not been content with mediocrity. They have not confined themselves to the beaten tracks; they have never been satisfied to do things just as others so them, but always a little better. They always pushed things that came to their hands a little higher up, this little farther on, that counts in the quality of life's work. It is constant effort to be first-class in everything one attempts that conquers the heights of excellence.

Category: Excellence

There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority...

Category: Excellence

The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other.

Category: Excellence