"Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities strong men make them."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Orison Swett Marden on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Orison Swett Marden on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Orison Swett Marden on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Orison Swett Marden on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Orison Swett Marden on Ernest Hemingway
"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."
"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."
"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."
"There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority."
"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."