The Best Dale Carnegie Quotes

Dale Carnegie is probably best known for his best selling book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. The following are some of his best quotes.


“Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.”


“Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”


“Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.”


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


“You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.”


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


“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.”


“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”


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


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


“If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive. ”


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


“Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.”


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


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


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


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


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


“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: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.”


“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”


“Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.”


“Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism – and wars.”


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


“Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.”


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


“The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.”


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


“When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.”


“The expression a woman wears on her face is far more important than the clothes she wears on her back.”


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


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

“Applause is a receipt, not a bill.”


“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.”


“The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.”


“Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.”

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”


“Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”


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


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


“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.”


“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?”


“There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.”


“We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.”


“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”

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