Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American self-help author. He is well known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937) which is among the top 10 best selling self-help books of all time. Hill's works insisted that fervid expectations are essential to improving one's life. 

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The starting point of all achievement is desire.

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

All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.

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.

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not to put this plan into action.

If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge.

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

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

Money without brains is always dangerous.

Action is the real measure of intelligence.

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

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

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.

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

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

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.

No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him.

Think and grow rich.

We begin to see therefore the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted.

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.

Wise men when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet give themselves the benefit of the doubt and remain silent.

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.

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

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

Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.

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

Edison failed 10 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.

There is one quality which one must possess to win and that is definiteness of purpose the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to possess it.

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

Before success comes in any man's life he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.

The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are with the very next question you face.

Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.

No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not at one time or other find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.

You give before you get.

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.

You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.

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

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

The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself.

When defeat comes accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound rebuild those plans and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.

First comes thought, then organization of that thought into ideas and plans, then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning as you will observe is in your imagination.

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

Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

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.

Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.

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.

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

Don't wait. The time will never be just right.

It is always your next move.

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

Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.

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

The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.

It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.

Happiness is found in doing not merely possessing.

The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.

Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend very largely upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.

Think twice before you speak because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.

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

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.

Every adversity every failure every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.

Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.

The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.

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

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

You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.

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.

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