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Orison Swett Marden Quotes

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

No young man starting in life could have better capital than plenty of friends. They will strengthen his credit, support him in every great effort, and make him what, unaided, he could never be. Friends of the right sort will help him more -- to be happy and successful -- than much money...

Category: Friends And Friendship

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.

Category: Fun

It is like the seed put in the soil -- the more one sows, the greater the harvest.

Category: Giving

We must give more in order to get more, It is the generous giving of ourselves that produce the generous harvest.

Category: Giving

Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us...

Category: Grief

The sculptor will chip off all unnecessary material to set free the angel. Nature will chip and pound us remorselessly to bring out our possibilities. She will strip us of wealth, humble our pride, humiliate our ambition, let us down from the ladder of fame, will discipline us in a thousand ways, if she can develop a little character, Everything must give way to that. Wealth is nothing, position is nothing, fame is nothing, manhood is everything.

Category: Growth

Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. What he at first chooses, at last compels.

Category: Habit

The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably thought and act.

Category: Habit

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe.

Category: Happiness

The glow of satisfaction which follows the consciousness of doing our level best never comes to a human being from any other experience.

Category: Happiness

There is something greater than wealth, grander even than fame -- manhood, character, stand for success... nothing else really does.

Category: Honesty

If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could throw us off our center, so that no matter what misfortune should overtake us, there would still be a whole magnificent man or woman left after being stripped of everything else.

Category: Honesty

To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success.

Category: Honesty

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.

Category: Hope

But how shall I get ideas? ''Keep your wits open! Observe! Observe! Study! Study! But above all, Think! Think! And when a noble image is indelibly impressed upon the mind -- Act!

Category: Ideas