Orison Swett Marden

Orison Swett Marden

Dr. Orison Swett Marden (1848–1924) was an American inspirational author who wrote about achieving success in life and founded SUCCESS magazine in 1897. His writings discuss common-sense principles and virtues that make for a well-rounded, successful life. Many of his ideas are based on New Thought philosophy.

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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.

Our destiny changes with our thought, we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to d,o when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.

We fail to see that we can control our destiny, make ourselves do whatever is possible, make ourselves become whatever we long to be.

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.

A will finds a way.

Our trials our sorrows and our grieves develop us.

The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.

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.

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

Unless you have prepared yourself to profit by your chance the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. A great occasion is valuable to you just in proportion as you have educated yourself to make use of it.

To many a man and sometimes to a youth there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success.

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

Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed, pay the price and it is yours.

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.

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.

There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake.

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

The influential man is the successful man whether he be rich or poor.

We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.

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

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