Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.

— Orison Swett Marden

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Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, hope for tomorrow.


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


We must give more in order to get more.

It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.


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.


The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.


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


Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.


Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.


When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time.


We lift ourselves by our own thought; we climb upon our vision of ourselves.


Find your purpose and fling your life out to it.

Find a way or make one. Try with all your might. Self-made or never made.


The Universe is one great kindergarten for man.

Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.


About Orison Swett Marden

Quotes 228 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday 1850

If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself.


It is psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind.


Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young.

A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us.


One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is the small seed from which fortunes spring.


Anybody can work when everything goes smoothly, when there is nothing to trouble him; but a man must be made of the right kind of stuff who can rise above the things which harass and handicap the weak, and do his work in spite of them. Indeed, this is the test of greatness.


Most men fail, not through lack of education or agreeable personal qualities, but from lack of dogged determination, from lack of dauntless will.


Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers;

powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.


A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.


All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.


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


There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in us.


It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well.


Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day.


It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that make the master's fame.


Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small.


Aspiration lifts the life; groveling lowers it. When we are striving for excellence in everything we do the entire life grows and expands, but if we allow our standards to drop, there is a natural progression that follows, a tendency for a downward effort in all that we do thereafter.


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.


You will always have to live with yourself, and it is to your best interest to see that you have good company - a clean, pure, straight, honest, upright, generous, magnanimous companion.


Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.


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 desire.


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 the youth who sees a great opportunity hidden in just these simple services, who sees a very uncommon situation, a humble position, who gets on in the world.


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.


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


There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do.


The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer's place.


All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.


This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself?


Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.


Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being.


When you finish a thing you ought to be able to say to yourself: 'There, I am willing to stand for that piece of work. It is not pretty well done; it is done as well as I can do it; done to a complete finish. I will stand for that. I am willing to be judged by it.'


A good system shortens the road to the goal.


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.


There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.


Put the uncommon effort into the common task... make it large by doing it in a great way.


Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us.


There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King.