45 Motivational Orison Swett Marden Quotes For Success

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 the New Thought philosophy. These Orison Swett Marden Quotes will motivate you in life.

Best Orison Swett Marden Quotes

  1. 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
  2. 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 Quotes
  3. There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  4. Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small. ~ Orison Swett Marden

  5. What keeps so many people back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  6. We win half the battle when we make up our minds to take the world as we find it including the thorns. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  7. There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  8. The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably thought and act. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  9. The man who has not learned the secret of taking the drudgery out of his task by flinging his whole soul into it, has not learned the first principles of success or happiness. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  10. All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. ~ Orison Swett Marden

  11. Success is in the student, not in the university; greatness is in the individual, not in the library; power is in the man, not in his crutches. A great man will make opportunities, even out of the commonest and meanest situations. If a man is not superior to his education, is not larger than his crutches or his helps, if he is not greater than the means of his culture, which are but the sign-boards pointing the way to success, he will never reach greatness. Not learning, not culture alone, not helps and opportunities, but personal power and sterling integrity, make a man great. ~ Orison Swett Marden Quotes
  12. A lobster, when left high and dry among the rock, does not have the sense enough to work his way back to the sea, but waits for the sea to come to him. If it does not come, he remains where he is and dies, although the slightest effort would enable him to reach the waves, which are perhaps within a yard of him. The world is full of human lobsters; people stranded on the rocks of indecision and procrastination, who, instead of putting forth their own energies, are waiting for some grand billow of good fortune to set them afloat. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  13. 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
  14. Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  15. 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
  16. Our thoughts and imaginations are the only real limits to our possibilities. ~ Orison Swett Marden

  17. You will find the whole world will change to you when you change your attitude toward it. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  18. No one has a corner on success. It is his who pays the price. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  19. Your expectations opens or closes the doors of your supply, If you expect grand things, and work honestly for them, they will come to you, your supply will correspond with your expectation. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  20. Opportunities? They are all around us … There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  21. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  22. We lift ourselves by our own thought; we climb upon our vision of ourselves. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  23. Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, hope for tomorrow. ~ Orison Swett Marden

  24. Conquer yourself and you can conquer everything else. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  25. When you finish a thing you ought to be able to say to yourself: ‘There, I am willing to stand for that piece of work. It is not pretty well done; it is done as well as I can do it; done to a complete finish. I will stand for that. I am willing to be judged by it.’ ~ Orison Swett Marden
  26. Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  27. You will always have to live with yourself, and it is to your best interest to see that you have good company – a clean, pure, straight, honest, upright, generous, magnanimous companion. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  28. Most men fail, not through lack of education or agreeable personal qualities, but from lack of dogged determination, from lack of dauntless will. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  29. Worry clogs the brain and paralyzes the thought. A troubled brain can not think clearly, vigorously, locally. ~ Orison Swett Marden

  30. There can be no life which does not contain something to be grateful for, and the habit of gratitude is one of the most powerful assets of success and happiness which can be named. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  31. 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
  32. There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  33. The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  34. Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.
    Believe with all your heart that you will do what you were made to do. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  35. To think you can creates the force that can. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  36. Wanted, a man who will not lose his individuality in a crowd, a man who has the courage of his convictions, who is not afraid to say “No,” though all the world say “Yes. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  37. The best books are those which lift us to a higher plane where we breathe a purer atmosphere. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  38. Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours. ~ Orison Swett Marden

  39. What are stumbling blocks and defeat to the weak and vacillating are but stepping stones to victory to the determined soul ~ Orison Swett Marden
  40. We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest. ~ Orison Swett Marden
  41. “Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day.” ~ Orison Swett Marden
  42. “People do not realize the immense value of utilizing spare minutes.” ~ Orison Swett Marden
  43. “The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.” ~ Orison Swett Marden
  44. “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
  45. “It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well.” ~ Orison Swett Marden

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