Orison Swett Marden
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work
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
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.
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.
Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.
Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.
There are powers inside of you, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.
Unless you are prepared yourself to profit by your chance, the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. A great occasion is valuable to you in proportion as you have educated yourself to make use of it.
We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out.
We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always, everywhere - your ideal of what you long to attain - the ideal of health, efficiency, success.
When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, and all of his faculties say "amen" to what he is doing, and give their unqualified approval to his efforts, - this is happiness, this is success.
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.