Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great
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.
It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
There is but one dependable method of accumulating and legally holding riches, and that is by rendering useful service.
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
You can't make souffle rise twice.
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.
There is one weakness in people for which there is no remedy. It is the universal weakness of lack of ambition.
Either you run the day or the day runs you.
Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'
Tell the audience what you're going to say, say it; then tell them what you've said.
Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.