Quotes by Orison Swett Marden

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Orison Swett Marden, founder of Success Magazine, is also considered to be the founder of the modern success movement in America. He certainly bridged the gap between the old, narrow notions of success and the new, more ...

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The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor.

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!
There is something greater than wealth, grander even than fame -- manhood, character, stand for success... nothing else really does.
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.
The glow of satisfaction which follows the consciousness of doing our level best never comes to a human being from any other experience.
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.
It is like the seed put in the soil -- the more one sows, the greater the harvest.
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...
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.
We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out.
Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes through your hands. Stamp it with your manhood. Let superiority be your trademark...
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.
Put the uncommon effort into the common task... make it large by doing it in a great way.
Superiority -- doing things a little better than anybody else can do them.
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.
Great men are but common men more fully developed and ripened.
There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority...
Doing common things uncommonly well.
Just make up your mind at the very outset that your work is going to stand for quality... that you are going to stamp a superior quality upon everything that goes out of your hands, that whatever you do shall bear the hall-mark of excellence.
It is those who have this imperative demand for the best in their natures, and who will accept nothing short of it, that holds the banners of progress, that set the standards, the ideals, for others.
It is just the little difference between the good and the best that makes the difference between the artist and the artisan. It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that makes the master's fame.
We make the world we live in and shape our own 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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself?
Be larger than your task.
No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.
We fail to see that we can control our own destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be.
Whatever our creed, we feel that no good deed can by any possibility go unrewarded, no evil deed unpunished.
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.
Concentration is the factor that causes the great discrepancy between men and the results they achieve... the difference in their power of calling together all the rays of their ability and concentrating on one point.
The giants of the race have been men of concentration, who have struck sledge-hammer blows in one place until they have accomplished their purpose. The successful men of today are men of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single and intense purpose.
The world is sad enough without your woe.
Resolve that whatever you do, you will bring the whole man to it; that you will fling the whole weight of your being into it.
The greatest trouble with most of us is that our demands upon ourselves are so feeble, the call upon the great within of us so weak and intermittent that it makes no impression upon the creative energies; it lacks the force that transmutes desires into realities.
You know from past experiences that whenever you have been driven to the wall, or thought you were, you have extricated yourself in a way which you never would have dreamed possible had you not been put to the test. The trouble is that in your everyday life you don't go deep enough to tap the divine mind within you.
The size of your accomplishments, the quality of your achievement, will depend very largely on how big a man you see in yourself, what sort of image you get of your possible self, yourself at your best.
The hand cannot reach higher than does the heart.
We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves.
Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being.
The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.
The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world.
Every youth owes it to himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him...