Dale Carnegie (1888-1956)

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.”

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most do.”

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. ”

“If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want to be. ”

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”

“When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.”

“Knowledge isn’t power until it is applied.”

“One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.”

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.”

“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.”

“Even god doesn’t propose to judge a man till his last days, why should you and I?”

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do. But it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”

“Our thoughts make us what we are.”

“No matter what happens, always be yourself.”

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”

“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.”

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.”

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”

“One of the tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

“When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.”

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”

“Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember “Life is too short to be little”.”

“We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today”

“You’ll never achieve real success unless you like what you’re doing.”

“Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.”

“When fate hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, for your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

“The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do.”

“Today is our most precious possession. It is our only sure possession.”

“The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back.”

“…the best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.”

“You can sing only what you are. You can paint only what you are. You must be what your experiences, your environment, and your heredity have made you. For better or for worse, you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of life.”

“Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself.”

“Always have something to say. The man who has something to say and who is known never to speak unless he has, is sure to be listened to.”

“Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work in the world has been done against seeming impossibilities.”

“Everybody in the world is seeking happiness – and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.”

“Let’s find and remedy all our weaknesses before our enemies get a chance to say a word. That is what Charles Darwin did …. When Darwin completed the manuscript of his immortal book “The Origin Of Species” he realized that the publication of his revolutionary concept of creation would rock the intellectual and religious worlds. So he became his own critic and spent another 15 years checking his data, challenging his reasoning, and criticizing his conclusions.”

“There is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument – and that is to avoid it .”

“Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn’t you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn’t most of them turn out all right after all?”

“You can measure the size of a person by what makes him or her angry”

“You can make more friends in two months by being interested in other people than in two years of trying to get people interested in you.”

“Two men looked out from prison bars, one saw the mud, the other saw stars.”

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”

“Nobody kicks a dead dog”

“If you argue and rankle and contradict, you may achieve a victory sometimes; but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent’s good will.”

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. :)”

“A good deed, “said the prophet Mohammed, “is one that brings a smile of joy to the face of another.” Why will doing a good deed every day produce such astounding efforts on the doer? Because trying to please others will cause us to stop thinking of ourselves: the very thing that produces worry and fear and melancholia.”

“A barber lathers a man before he shaves him.”

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you’re doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It’s what you think of it. Two people may in the same place doing the same thing, and yet one may be miserable and the other happy. Why? Because of a different mental attitude.”

“Be the best of whatever you are!”

“You can dramatize your ideas in business or in any other aspect of your life. It’s easy”

“When the fierce, burning winds blow over our lives-and we cannot prevent them-let us, too, accept the inevitable. And then get busy and pick up the pieces.”

“Life is bigger than processes and overflows and dwarfs them.”

“Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”

“When two partners always agree, one of them is not necessary.” If there is some point you haven’t thought about, be thankful if it is brought to your attention.”

“Let’s never try to get even with our enemies, because if we do we will hurt ourselves far more than we hurt them. Let’s do as General Eisenhower does: let’s never waste a minute thinking about people we don’t like.”

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”

“The words “Think and Thank” are inscribed in many of the Cromwellian churches of England. These words ought to be inscribed in our hearts, too: “Think and Thank”. Think of all we have to be grateful for, and thank God for all our boons and bounties.”

“When I asked him -Mr.Henry Ford- if he ever worried, he replied: “No. I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe that every-thing will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?”
“Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, ‘I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.”

“Most of the important things in the world were accomplished by people who have kept trying when there seemed to be no hope at all”

“If You Want to Gather Honey, Don’t Kick Over the Beehive”

“If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”

“You are going to survive. And good things are going to start to happen again. And one day you are going to look back and this will not even be such a bad thing”

“In time, we lose our freshness and spontaneity of true conversation. These are areas in which everyone interested in self-improvement will seek to improve.”

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about”

“You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.”

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.”

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