60 Inspirational Quotes by Orison Swett Marden

Collection of famous quotes by American author Orison Swett Marden.

Dr. Orison Swett Marden 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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Best Quotes by Orison Swett Marden

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.

— Orison Swett Marden

No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

There is only one thing for us to do and that is to do our level best right where we are every day of our lives To use our best judgment and then to trust the rest to that Power which holds the forces of the universe in his hands.

— Orison Swett Marden

The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action.

— Orison Swett Marden

No man fails who does his best.

— Orison Swett Marden

No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.

— Orison Swett Marden

The golden rule for every business man is this: ‘Put yourself in your customer’s place.’

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us.

— Orison Swett Marden

There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

A constant struggle a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings is the price of all great achievements.

— Orison Swett Marden

There is no medicine like hope no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.

— Orison Swett Marden

No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart?

— Orison Swett Marden

There is no medicine like hope no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

The man who has no money is poor but one who has nothing but money is poorer. He only is rich who can enjoy without owning he is poor who though he has millions is covetous.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.

— Orison Swett Marden

There is only one thing for us to do and that is to do our level best right where we are every day of our lives To use our best judgment and then to trust the rest to that Power which holds the forces of the universe in his hands.

— Orison Swett Marden

What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart?

— Orison Swett Marden

Power gravitates to the man who knows how.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

A constant struggle a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings is the price of all great achievements.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success and there is no other.

— Orison Swett Marden

No one has a corner on success. It is his who pays the price.

— Orison Swett Marden

Our trials our sorrows and our grieves develop us.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

There is only one thing for us to do and that is to do our level best right where we are every day of our lives To use our best judgment and then to trust the rest to that Power which holds the forces of the universe in his hands.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Orison Swett Marden

The quality of your work in the long run is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world.

— Orison Swett Marden

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.

— Orison Swett Marden

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