52 Insightful Quotes By Orison Swett Marden That Will Give You The Success Mantra
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Orison Swett Marden was an American author and businessman. He gained popularity as the author of inspirational books on achieving success and became a noted author of the time. His books garnered great popularity among the American public and Marden was also the founder of immensely popular magazine ‘SUCCESS’ that garnered a readership of around 500,000. Marden was also highly educated and had earned degrees in medicine, law, the arts and the natural sciences. Later on, he started working in a hotel and eventually went on to become a successful hotel entrepreneur. Marden decided to become a full time author and became a distinguished writer with his series of books on the secrets of success. His debut work titled ‘Pushing to the Front’ was published in 1894 and became a runaway success. Other noted works by him include ‘How to Succeed’, ‘The Optimistic Life’, ‘Architects of Fate’, ‘The Making of a Man’, ‘Be Good to Yourself’, ‘Every Man a King’ and ‘The Secret of Achievements’. His writings, thoughts, books and work will guide you towards the path of achieving what your heart aspires. We bring to you a collection of quotes, saying and thoughts by Orison Swett Marden that are sure to encourage and motivate you to strive hard.
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. Believe with all your heart that you will do what you were made to do. Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them. All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. 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. Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves. There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. 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. Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them. Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, hope for tomorrow. The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. A woman who is self-reliant, positive, optimistic, and undertakes her work with the assurance of success magnetizes her condition. She draws to herself the creative powers of the universe. What keeps so many people back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort. Opportunities? They are all around us ... There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it. Wanted, a man who will not lose his individuality in a crowd, a man who has the courage of his convictions, who is not afraid to say "No," though all the world say "Yes. Money, influence, and position are nothing compared with brains, principles, energy and perseverances. 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 desires You will find the whole world will change to you when you change your attitude toward it. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everyone around us. Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do. It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest. Love, like the sun, never sees the dark side of anything. The tonic of success is a marvelous producer as well as stimulant. By the law of mental magnetism one success attracts another, and after we begin to win it is comparatively easy to keep on winning. Let the adverse breath of criticism be to you only what the blast of the storm wind is to the eagle,—a force against him that lifts him higher. 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. Personal nobility is greater than any calling, or any reward that it can bring. Every discovery in science and art, is due to the trained power of seeing things ... Keep your eyes open, your ears open ... Trace difficulties. Like the sun, love radiates and warms into life all that it touches. The first part of success is "Get-to-it-iveness"; the second part of success is "Stick-to-it-iveness". The highest happiness is the feeling of wellbeing which comes to one who is actively employed in doing what he was made to do; carrying out the great life-purpose patterned in his individual bent. The power of material things, to bestow happiness, to bring joy into the life is tremendously exaggerated. The right mental attitude, the trained mind, will bring to us the best there is in the universe. Instead of worrying over unforeseen misfortune, set out with all your soul to rejoice in the unforeseen blessings of all your coming days. If you cannot at first control your anger, learn to control your tongue, which, like fire, is a good servant, but a hard master. Most of us do not prepare for a large career because we do not expect enough of ourselves. Don't think you have no chance in life because you have no capital to begin with. Most of the rich men of to-day began poor. The chances are you would be ruined if you had capital. Books make it possible for every person born into the world to begin where the previous generation left off. Character is power, and is the best advertisement in the world. The educated man ought to be able to do something better, something higher than merely to put money in his purse. Money-making can not compare with man-making. Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes, is but perseverance in disguise. And above all, study, study, study ! All the genius in the world will not help you along with any art unless you become a hard student. It Real happiness cannot be bribed by anything sordid or low. The college diploma has no more power to hold the knowledge you have gained in college than a piece of tissue paper over a gas jet can hold the gas in the pipe.
Worry clogs the brain and paralyzes the thought. A troubled brain can not think clearly, vigorously, locally.
Real happiness comes from the cultivation, the development, of the highest that is in us.
Genius unexecuted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.
It is not so much a question of how far you have traveled as which way you face. It is facing life the right way, with .the right spirit, that will push you forward.
Why do we allow the mirage of to-morrow to keep our eyes from the beauties of to-day?
Opportunity becomes invisible to those who are doing nothing, or looking somewhere else for it. One of the worst doctrines ever set afloat is that real happiness is in material things instead of in a condition of mind.