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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.

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

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

A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

A will finds a way.

A will finds a way.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us.

Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us.

It is psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action. ---->>>

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

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

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

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Be larger than your task. ---->>>

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.

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.

We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest. ---->>>

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

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

We fail to see that we can control our destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be. ---->>>

A good system shortens the road to the goal. ---->>>

Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career. ---->>>

You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them. ---->>>

No man can be ideally successful until he has found his place. Like a locomotive he is strong on the track, but weak anywhere else. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in us. ---->>>

Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

You will never succeed while smarting under the drudgery of your occupation, if you are constantly haunted with the idea that you could succeed better in something else. ---->>>

The size of your accomplishments, the quality of your achievement, will depend very largely on how big a man you see in yourself, what sort of image you get of your possible self, yourself at your best. ---->>>

No man fails who does his best. ---->>>

Every youth owes it to himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him. ---->>>

We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out. ---->>>

The hand cannot reach higher than does the heart. ---->>>

It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Power gravitates to the man who knows how. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-21, 2015
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Die: 06-21, 2015
Occupation: Writer
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Dr. Orison Swett Marden (1848–1924) 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 (wikipedia)