The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.

— Ben Stein

The most successful Ben Stein quotes that will add value to your life

If you can't stand the heat, don't go to Cancun in the summer.


It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.


I do all of the grocery shopping in my little family.

I buy cheese, of many different kinds, sliced packaged meats and poultry, bagels, immense quantities of eggs, pre-made fried chicken. Milk. Bacon. It is insane how much dairy, deli and bakery stuff I buy.


Every soul deserves a shot at a Cadillac, but not everyone should be guaranteed a Cadillac.


So many fail because they don't get started - they don't go.

They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.


Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.


Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... But not everyone must prove they are a citizen.


Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will.


Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child's tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It's not funny and it's not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn't the least bit funny.


The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.


Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.


Nothing happens by itself... it all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions.


About Ben Stein

Quotes 131 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

I don't consider an actor a star if he's paid $20 million and grimaces in front of the camera and has a stunt man stand in for him. They may be fine actors, but they're not role models. The real stars are wearing body armor in 130-degree heat . . . They're getting shot at and they don't have any stunt doubles standing in for them.


The successful people of this world take life as it comes.

They just go out and deal with the world as it is.


As Beverly Hills becomes more Iranian-Jewish, it is becoming politically conservative.


If we are just specks of dust hit by lightning, if we have no spark of God in us, why not just take whatever we can and devil take the hindmost? I mean, we are fools not to do that if there is no right or wrong.


It's really amazing that in the age of unbelief, as a smart man called it, there isn't even more fraud. After all, with no God, there's no one to ever call you to account, and no accounting at all if you can get away with it.


No one will do it for you.


Science leads you to killing people.


You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement.


I cannot tell you ... how to be rich. But I can tell you how to feel rich, which is far better, let me tell you firsthand, than being rich. Be grateful... It is the only totally reliable get rich quick scheme.


Darwinism doesn't explain where gravity comes from.

It doesn't explain where thermodynamics comes from. It doesn't explain where the laws of physics come from. It doesn't explain where matter comes from.


It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life.

The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders.


Darwinism is still very much alive, utterly dominating biology.

Despite the fact that no one has ever been able to prove the creation of a single distinct species by Darwinist means, Darwinism dominates the academy and the media.


I have always been very concerned that Darwinism gave the basic okay to terrible racism and to the idea of murder based upon race.


A corporation's responsibility is to the shareholders, not its retirees and employees. Companies are doing everything they can to get rid of pension plans and they will succeed.


I've never liked the idea of just having an office in a college somewhere and teaching classes and going to the library and doing research all day. I've never wanted that. The glamorous life is the life that appeals to me.


Somewhere there is a map of how it can be done.


Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.


I don't believe the most successful people are the ones who got the best grades, got into the best schools, or made the most money.


Being a Daddy is priority number one.

When you are old and facing oblivion in a nursing home or a hospital or on a golf course in winter, you are not going to wish you had spent more time at the office or making a sales call or watching a show. You will wish you had spent more time with your family.


Academic freedom is being lost by a great many people who dare to challenge Darwinism. That's a terrifying situation. That's contrary to the principles of science.


Sleep makes people calmer, more alert, less fearful - just plain happier, or so I see around me and in me. I am sure that if this great nation were to concentrate on getting more sleep, we would be a happier, more confident people, and that by itself would be a major achievement.


If we try to engineer outcomes, if we overturn tradition to make everyone the same, we ruin society. If we upset tradition to allow for an equal shot at the starting gate, everyone wins, except for the charlatans and would be dictators.


Neo-Darwinists ask us to believe in things not seen.

We're not supposed to have an established religion in America, but we do, and it's called Darwinism .


Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.


We are not supposed to be all equal. Let's just forget that. We are supposed to have equal rights under law. If we do that, we have done enough.


You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot


There is no sudden leap into the stratosphere.

There is only advancing step by step, slowly and tortuously, up the pyramid towards your goals.


My parents, products of the Great Depression, were successful people, but lived in a state of constant fear that my sister and I, and they, would sink into the kind of economic insecurity that their generation knew so well.


I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.

And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against.


If there are finer beings than German short hairs, I don't know what they are.

In their eyes is peace.


If there is no God, why bother to tell the truth? Why not steal?


Politics is a thankless occupation; I have no interest in it at all.


There's no evidence whatsoever that Darwin had anything useful to say or anything to say period about how life began or how the universe began or how gravity began or how physics began or fluid motion or how thermodynamics began. He had nothing to say about that whatsoever.


When are American Jews going to realize that the Republican Party is far better for Israel than the Democrats?


And there hasn't been much progress in Darwinism since [the life of Darwin].


I feel as if I'm in on a pass and am damn lucky to have whatever I have.

It could all be taken away in a second.


When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr.

Myers, talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed. That was horrifying beyond words, and that's where science - in my opinion, this is just an opinion - that's where science leads you.