Orison Swett Marden Quotes

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Action is thought made visible.


All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
— Orison Swett Marden


Work, love, and play are the great balance wheels of man's being.

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There is something in defeat which puts new determination into a man of mettle.

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Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.


Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.


Self-control is at the root of all the virtues.  Let a man yield to his impulses and passions, and from that moment he gives up his moral freedom.


A good book often serves as a match to light the dormant powder within us.  There is explosive material enough in most of us if we can only reach it.


Defeats and failures are great developers of character. They have made the giants of our race by giving Titanic muscles, brawny sinews, and far-reaching intellects.

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Difficulties flee before absolute fearlessness, though they are very real and formidable to the timid and hesitating, and grow larger and larger and more formidable with vacillating contemplation.


The possibilities of thought training are infinite, its consequence eternal, and yet few take the pains to direct their thinking into channels that will do them good, but instead leave all to chance.
— Orison Swett Marden
Thousands of men of great native ability have been lost to the world because they have not had to wrestle with obstacles, and to struggle under difficulties sufficient to stimulate into activity their dormant powers.