All Time Famous Napoleon Hill Quotes

Napoleon Hill Quotes

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) was an American self-help author and motivational speaker, best known for his iconic work “Think and Grow Rich,” published in 1937. Born in Wise County, Virginia, Hill overcame numerous challenges throughout his life, including poverty and family instability. He began his career as a journalist before dedicating himself to the study of success principles. Commissioned by industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Hill spent over 20 years interviewing successful individuals, distilling their strategies into the principles outlined in his seminal book. “Think and Grow Rich” remains a classic in the self-help genre, emphasizing the power of positive thinking, goal-setting, and perseverance. Hill’s teachings have had a lasting impact on personal development and continue to inspire countless individuals seeking success and fulfillment.

Napoleon Hill Quotes

1. “Do not wait. The time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”
— Napoleon Hill

2. “If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.”
— Napoleon Hill

3. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
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4. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
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5. “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.”
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6. “Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.”
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7. “The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”
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8. “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct, and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
— Napoleon Hill

9. “Action is the real measure of intelligence.”
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10. “A genius is simply one who has taken full possession of his own mind and directed it toward objectives of his own choosing, without permitting outside influences to discourage or mislead him.”
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11. “When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”
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12. “The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.”
— Napoleon Hill

13. “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
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14. “Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it.”
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15. “Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.”
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16. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
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17. “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.”
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18. “Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”
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19. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
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20. “If you are not learning while you’re earning, you are cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation.”
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21. “Plan your work and work your plan.”
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22. “When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity – regardless of what others may do – you are destined for greatness.”
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23. “You either control your mind or it controls you.”
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24. “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”
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25. “Set your target and keep trying until you reach it.”
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26. “You can do it if you believe you can.”
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27. “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”
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28. “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
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29. “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.”
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30. “More gold had been mined from the mind of men than the earth itself.”
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31. “A positive mind finds a way it can be done; a negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done.”
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32. “Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing. ”
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33. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.”
— Napoleon Hill

34. “You may be hurt if you love too much, but you will live in misery if you love too little.”
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35. “Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.”
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36. “Focus on the possibilities for success, not on the potential for failure.”
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37. “Burn the boats as you enter the island and you will take the island.”
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38. “Start going the extra mile and opportunity will follow you.”
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39. “Life is a game board. Time is your opponent. If you procrastinate, you will lose the game. You must make a move to be victorious.”
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40. “Time is valuable, and when it is gone, it is gone. Time is wealth, and unlike money, when it is gone, you cannot replace it.”
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41. “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”
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42. “Control your own mind, and you may never be controlled by the mind of another.”
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43. “You can be anything you want to be if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
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44. “Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.”
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45. “Failure cannot cope with persistence.”
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46. “Life is a mirror of your consistent thoughts.”
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47. “Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.”
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48. “Achieve self-mastery over your thoughts, and constantly direct them toward your goals and objectives. Learn to focus your attention on the goals that you want to achieve and on finding ways to achieve those goals.”
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49. “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.”
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50. “Success is good at any age, but the sooner you find it, the longer you will enjoy it.”
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51. “You have a brain and mind of your own. Use it, and reach your own decisions.”
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52. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade and sell it to all of those who get thirsty from complaining.”
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53. “O Divine Providence, I ask not for more riches but more wisdom with which to make wiser use of the riches you gave me at birth, consisting in the power to control and direct my own mind to whatever ends I might desire.”
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54. “Willpower and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair.”
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55. “Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.”
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56. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”
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57. “A positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude.”
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58. “When you begin to think and grow rich, you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work.”
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59. “The persistent man with a poor plan stands a better chance of winning than the man with a perfect plan who hesitates and waivers in carrying it out.”
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60. “The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.”
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61. “Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.”
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62. “Remember that it is not the lawyer who knows the most law, but the one who best prepares his case, who wins.”
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63. “No person may enjoy outstanding success without good health.”
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64. “Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”
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65. “Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.”
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66. “Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.”
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67. “What is initiative? I’ll tell you: It is doing the right thing without being told.”
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68. “I am thankful for the adversities, which have crossed my pathway, for they taught me tolerance, sympathy, self-control, perseverance and some other virtues I might never have known.”
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69. “Nothing is impossible to the person who backs DESIRE with enduring FAITH.”
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70. “Life reflects your own thoughts back to you.”
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71. “You can always become the person you would have liked to be.”
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72. “Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.”
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73. “The worst of all human ailments: indecision.”
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74. “The great leaders of business, industry and finance, and the great artists, poets, musicians and writers all became great because they developed the power of self-motivation.”
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75. “Fear is faith in reverse gear.”
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76. “There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.”
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77. “One way to avoid criticism is to do nothing and to be a nobody. The world will then not bother you.”
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78. “The jack-of-all-trades seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim.”
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79. “Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching a decision not to worry about what other people think, do, or say.”
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80. “Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.”
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81. “Don’t be afraid of a little opposition. Remember that the ‘Kite’ of success generally rises AGAINST the wind of Adversity, not with it.”
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82. “Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life.”
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83. “What a different story men would have to tell if only they would adopt a DEFINITE PURPOSE, and stand by that purpose until it had time to become an all-consuming obsession!”
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84. “Every human brain is both a broadcasting and receiving station for the vibration of thought.”
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85. “Faith is the head chemist of the mind.”
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86. “Faith is the eternal elixir. It gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought.”
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87. “If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. Don’t wait for great opportunities. Seize common, everyday ones and make them great.”
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88. “If you must let someone down, be sure it isn’t the friend who helped you up when you were down.”
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89. “Every time a man rises from defeat, he becomes mentally and emotionally stronger. Thus, in time, one may actually find his self – his true, inner self – through temporary defeat.”
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90. “Enthusiasm is the steam that drives the engine.”
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91. “Within every setback or obstacle or disadvantage there is the seed of an equal or opposite or greater advantage or benefit.”
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92. “Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.”
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93. “Within every adversity is an equal and opposite benefit.”
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94. “Imagination is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known.”
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95. “Faith and Fear make poor bedfellows. Where one is found, the other cannot exist.”
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96. “Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.”
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97. “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.”
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98. “Success in life depends upon happiness, and happiness is found in no other way than through SERVICE that is rendered in a spirit of love.”
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99. “One who has loved truly can never lose entirely.”
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100. “The Master Mind principle: Two or more people actively engaged in the pursuit of a definite purpose with a positive mental attitude, constitute an unbeatable force.”
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101. “The habit of taking the line of least resistance makes all rivers and some men crooked.”
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102. “Through some strange and powerful principle of mental chemistry which she has never divulged, nature wraps up in the impulse of strong desire, that something which recognizes no such word as impossible, and accepts no such reality as failure.”
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103. “Every company has room for the man who has a definite plan of action which is to the advantage of that company.”
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104. “The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.”
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105. “If you have a strong belief in yourself, in what you are doing and what you want to do, no adversity is too difficult to overcome.”
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106. “Dreams come true when desire transforms into concrete actions.”
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107. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”
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108. “Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.”
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109. “Your deliberate Chief Aim in life should be selected with deliberate care.”
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110. “Happiness may be found only by helping others to find it.”
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111. “There is nothing that belief plus a burning desire cannot make real.”
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112. “Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat.”
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113. “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.”
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114. “It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.”
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115. “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”
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116. “The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.”
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117. “When riches begin to come they come so quickly, in such great abundance, that one wonders where they have been hiding during all those lean years.”
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118. “Success attracts success and failure attracts failure because of the law of harmonious attraction.”
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119. “Every problem comes with an equal or greater opportunity.”
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120. “Every failure is a blessing in disguise, providing it teaches some needed lesson one could not have learned without it. Most so-called Failures are only temporary defeats.”
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121. “Self-control is solely a matter of thought-control!”
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122. “Enthusiasm, if fueled by inspiration and perseverance, travels with passion and its destination is excellence.”
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123. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! Strong, deeply rooted desire is the starting point of all achievement.”
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124. “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.”
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125. “You have absolute control over just one thing, your thoughts. This divine gift is the sole means by which you may control your destiny. If you fail to control your mind, you will control nothing else.”
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126. “One of the most important principles of success is developing the habit of going the extra mile.”
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127. “Keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be.”
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128. “Remember, no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity than is required to accept misery and poverty.”
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129. “Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.”
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130. “Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”
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131. “The turning point in the life of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis.”
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132. “Sex energy is the creative energy of all geniuses. There never has been, and never will be a great leader, builder or artist lacking in the driving force of sex.”
— Napoleon Hill

133. “Success requires no explanations. Failure permits no alibis.”
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134. “It is strange, but true, that the most important turning points of life often come at the most unexpected times and in the most unexpected ways.”
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135. “The great master key to riches is nothing more or less than the self-discipline necessary to help you take full and complete possession of your own mind.”
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136. “The man of decision cannot be stopped! The man of indecision cannot be started! Take your own choice.”
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137. “Success comes to those who become success-conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.”
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138. “I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.”
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139. “If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.”
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140. “Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.”
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141. “The basis of persistence is the Power of Will.”
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142. “The subconscious mind is more susceptible to influence by impulses of thought mixed with ‘feeling’ or emotion, than by those originating solely in the reasoning portion of the mind.”
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143. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past or how lofty your aims and hopes may be.”
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144. “Practical dreamers do not quit.”
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145. “Are you waiting for success to arrive, or are you going out to find where it is hiding?”
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146. “Your greatness is here and now. Your happiness is here and now.”
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147. “The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.”
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148. “Keep your mind fixed on what you want in life: not on what you don’t want.”
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149. “What you think, so you will become.”
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150. “Deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to think and act on building the life you desire.”
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151. “Faith is a state of mind which may be induced, or created, by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind, through the principle of auto-suggestion .”
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152. “Desire backed by faith knows no such word as impossible.”
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153. “But sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.”
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154. “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.”
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155. “You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan, desire, or purpose which you wish transformed into concrete form.”
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156. “If you neglect to exercise self-control, you are not only likely to injure others, but you are sure to injure yourself!”
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157. “No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy. Unless you let him.”
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158. “You are the sum total of your dominating or most prominent thoughts.”
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159. “It is always your next move.”
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160. “Out of resistance comes strength.”
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161. “Every adversity contains, at the same time, a seed of equivalent opportunity!”
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162. “Celebrate your success and stand strong when adversity hits, for when the storm clouds come in, the eagles soar while the small birds take cover.”
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163. “If you truly want to succeed, be prepared to go the extra mile.”
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164. “You have within you all the power you need with which to get whatever you want or need in this world.”
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165. “Fear is a habit, so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can and I will.”
— Napoleon Hill

166. “Remember when your plans fail, that temporary defeat is not permanent failure.”
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167. “Positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude in all circumstances. Success attracts more success while failure attracts more failure.”
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168. “A man who can speak two languages is worth two men.”
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169. “If you can conceive something in your mind and believe it to be true, then you can achieve it.”
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170. “No one can keep you down but yourself.”
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171. “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.”
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172. “Both success and failure are largely the results of HABIT!”
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173. “If you fail to control your own mind, you may be sure you will control nothing else.”
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174. “Keep your mind focused on what you want and act accordingly. You will achieve success!”
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175. “Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time.”
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176. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”
— Napoleon Hill

177. “You give before you get.”
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178. “Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.”
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179. “No one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”
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180. “NOTHING which life has to offer is worth the price of worry.”
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181. “The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others.”
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182. “A resourceful person will always make an opportunity fit his or her needs.”
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183. “The Ability to influence people without irritating them is the most profitable art known to man.”
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184. “Every mind needs friendly contact with other minds, for food of expansion and growth.”
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185. “The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.”
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186. “Success comes to those who become success conscious.”
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187. “The one who tries to get something for nothing generally winds up getting nothing for something.”
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188. “If you are influenced by the opinions of others, you will have no DESIRE of your own.”
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189. “Persistence is nothing more than Concentrated Effort mixed with Determination and Faith.”
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190. “Indecision, doubt and fear. The members of this unholy trio are closely related; where one is found, the other two are close at hand.”
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191. “Our minds become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds and these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.”
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192. “No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.”
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193. “It takes more than a college degree to make one a person of education. Any person who is educated is one who has learned to get whatever he wants in life without violating the rights of others.”
— Napoleon Hill

194. “The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief.”
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195. “Good intentions are useless until they are expressed in appropriate action!”
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196. “The successful leader must plan his work and work his plan.”
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197. “No man ever achieved worthwhile success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.”
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198. “Successful people, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business, or profession.”
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199. “The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.”
— Napoleon Hill

200. “Render more service than you are paid for and eventually you will be paid more for less services rendered.”
— Napoleon Hill

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