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Quotes of the day: Dale Carnegie

Published Sunday, November 24, 2013 @ 7:20 AM EST
Nov 24 2013

Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (né Carnagey until c. 1922) (November 24, 1888 - November 1, 1955) was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Born into poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), a massive bestseller that remains popular today. He also wrote How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), Lincoln the Unknown (1932), and several other books. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, for your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

Don't be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.

Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.

Feeling sorry for yourself and your present condition is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.

First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.

I deal with the obvious. I present, reiterate and glorify the obvious- because the obvious is what people need to be told.

If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.

If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.

Knowledge isn't power until it is applied.

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.

Our thoughts make us what we are.

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours.

The essence of all art is to take pleasure in giving pleasure.

The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?

Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still.

Unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. It often means that you have aroused jealousy and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a dead dog.

When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.

When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

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