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Dale Carnegie Quotes

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Dale Carnegie quotes: here are the most powerful quotes by the late writer and lecturer, Dale Carnegie.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it.  Go out there and get busy.”

“Take a chance.  All life is a chance.  The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.”

“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 it.”

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

“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire?”

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”

“If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want to be.”

“Remember that unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment.”

“The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping.”

“Are you bored with life?  Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart.  Live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”

“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you.  Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.”

“Winning friends begins with friendliness.”

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

“Pay less attention to what men say.  Just watch what they do.”

“One of the most important means of developing power in public speaking is to pause either before or after, or both before and after, an important word or phrase.”

“There is only one way to get anybody to do anything.  And that is by making the other person want to do it.”

“If we think happy thoughts, we will be happy.  If we think miserable thoughts, we will be miserable.”

“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.”

“There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world.  We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: (1) what we do, (2) how we look, (3) what we say, and (4) how we say it.”

“Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.”

“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 could happen?’  Then prepare to accept it.  Then proceed to improve on the worst.”

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

“Find yourself and be yourself.  Remember, there is no one else on earth like you.”

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”

“I have come to the conclusion that there is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument – and that is to avoid it.  Avoid it as you would avoid rattlesnakes and earthquakes.”

“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.”

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

“The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”

“If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”

“Your self-confidence strengthens as you learn to speak to others, and your whole personality grows warmer and better.  This means that you are better off emotionally, and if you are better off emotionally, you are better off physically.”

“To be interesting, be interested.”

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.”

“Names are the sweetest and the most important sound in any language.”

“Would you sell both your eyes for a million dollars?  Or your two legs?  Or your hands?  Or your hearing?  Add up what you do have, and you’ll find you won’t sell them for all the gold in the world.  The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate them.”

“Fear doesn’t exist anywhere but in the mind.”

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

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

“Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment.”

“Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.”

“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.”

“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.”

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.”

“The person who has technical knowledge plus the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people?  That person is headed for higher earning power.”

“The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.”

“Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, ‘I like you.  You make me happy.  I am glad to see you.'”

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon… instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”

“Even God doesn’t propose to judge a man ’til his last days; why should you and I?”

“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.”

For more quotes, see what Seth Godin and Robert Kiyosaki say about success.

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