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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We advance on our journey only when we face our goal when we are confident and believe we are going to win out.

Achievement is not always success while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.

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

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.

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.

You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them.

There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right between fairly good and the best between mediocrity and superiority.

You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing.

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 good system shortens the road to the goal.

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.

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

The hand cannot reach higher than does the heart.

Be larger than your task.

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.

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.

Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.

We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.

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

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

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