Sunday, February 11, 2007

Quote from Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill (1883 - 1970) American writer
See also: Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude (1960) Co-authored with W. Clement Stone

Knowledge has no value except that which can be gained by its application

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.

All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.

Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.

Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

Action is the real measure of intelligence.

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.

Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye, and you will be drawn toward it.

Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win - essential to success.

Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.

Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.

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.

Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.

Money without brains is always dangerous.

More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth.

Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.

One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life.

No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.

No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.

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.

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

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.

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.

The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.

The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.

The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.

Think and grow rich.

Through some strange and powerful principle of "mental chemistry" which she has never divulged, nature wraps up in the impulse of strong desire, "that something" which recognizes no such word as "impossible," and accepts no such reality as failure.

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.

There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.

When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.

You give before you get.

You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.

Who said it could not be done? And tell me what great victories does he have to his credit which qualifies him to judge what can and can't be accomplished.

One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man's familiarity with the word 'impossible.'

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

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