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My Top 51 Mindset Quotes

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1. "Look at things as they can be, not as they are." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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2. "Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can't, cannot." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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3. "Most of us make two basic errors with respect to intelligence: 1. We underestimate our own brainpower. 2. We overestimate the other fellow’s brainpower." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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4. "The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you have." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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5. "Where there is a will, there is a way." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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6. "Hope is a start. But hope needs action to win victories." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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7. "Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn't stuck with the present" - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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8. "Action cures fear." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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9. "The mind is what the mind is fed." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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10. "Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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11. "Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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12. "A quitter never wins and a winner never quits." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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13. "Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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14. "Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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15. "You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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16. "The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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17. "Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”" - James Allen

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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18. "He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly." - James Allen

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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19. "Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns. His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions." - James Allen

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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20. "Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are." - James Allen

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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21. "Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself." - James Allen

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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22. "Action is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits." - James Allen

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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23. "A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances." - James Allen

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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24. "Happiness is a mental habit, a mental attitude, and if it is not learned and practiced in the present it is never experienced. It cannot be made contingent upon solving some external problem. When one problem is solved, another appears to take its place. Life is a series of problems. If you are to be happy at all, you must be happy – period! Not happy “because of”." - Maxwell Maltz

Maxwell Maltz was an American cosmetic surgeon and author of the best-selling and highly influential Psycho-Cybernetics (1960).

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25. "He must have a burning desire to solve the problem. But after he has defined the problem and sees in his imagination the desired end result secured all the information and facts that he can, then additional struggling fretting and worrying over it does not help but seems to hinder the solution." - Maxwell Maltz

Maxwell Maltz was an American cosmetic surgeon and author of the best-selling and highly influential Psycho-Cybernetics (1960).

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26. "It is no exaggeration to say that every human being is hypnotized to some extent either by ideas he has uncritically accepted from others or ideas he has repeated to himself or convinced himself are true. These negative ideas have exactly the same effect upon our behavior as the negative ideas implanted into the mind of a hypnotized subject by a professional hypnotist." - Maxwell Maltz

Maxwell Maltz was an American cosmetic surgeon and author of the best-selling and highly influential Psycho-Cybernetics (1960).

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27. "You will act like the sort of person you conceive yourself to be." - Maxwell Maltz

Maxwell Maltz was an American cosmetic surgeon and author of the best-selling and highly influential Psycho-Cybernetics (1960).

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28. "Our thoughts make us what we are." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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29. "By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it." - Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought writer whose writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

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30. "The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come; and the reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come." - Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought writer whose writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

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31. "A definite purpose, backed by absolute faith, is a form of wisdom and wisdom in action produces positive results." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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32. "Turn on the full powers of your will and take complete control of your own mind. It is your own mind! It was given to you as a servant to carry out your desires. And no one may enter it or influence it in the slightest degree without your consent and cooperation. What a profound fact this is!" - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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33. "Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture... Do not build up obstacles in your imagination." - Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister and author best known for his writing on positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking.

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34. "Stand up to an obstacle. Just stand up to it, that's all, and don't give way under it, and it will finally break. You will break it. Something has to break, and it won't be you, it will be the obstacle." - Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister and author best known for his writing on positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking.

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35. "Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate." - Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister and author best known for his writing on positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking.

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36. "When you expect the best, you release a magnetic force in your mind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you." - Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister and author best known for his writing on positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking.

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37. "You may not control life's circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them." - Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande is an American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher most widely known for his excellent books focussed on medicine and public health such as Being Mortal.

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38. "It’s not enough to dream. It’s not enough to try. It’s not enough to set goals or climb ladders. It’s not enough to value. The effort has to be based on practical realities that produce the result. Only then can we dream, set goals, and work to achieve them with confidence." - Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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39. "What we believe about ourselves and our purpose has a powerful impact on how we live, how we love, and what we learn." - Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

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40. "You become what you think about most of the time. Your outer world ultimately becomes a reflection of your inner world. Your outer world of experience mirrors back to you what you think about most of the time. Whatever you think about continuously emerges in your reality." - Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is a Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author who has written more than eighty self help books.

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41. "We can change the way that we think about external events, even where we cannot change them. And we can do something more. We can intelligently change our exposure to events that make us either happy or unhappy." - Richard Koch

Richard Koch is a British management consultant, venture capital investor and author of books on management, marketing and lifestyle (see e.g., The 80/20 Principle Summary)

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42. "All improvements in your outer life begin with improvements on the inside, in your mental pictures." - Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is a Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author who has written more than eighty self help books.

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43. "A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, and critic who is considered to be the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.

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44. "All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time." - James Clear

James Clear is a writer, who specialises in habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement, and the author of the international best-seller, Atomic Habits.

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45. "When you change what you believe, you change what you do." - Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson was an American physician and author, known for the ValueTales series of children's books, and for his 1998 self-help book Who Moved My Cheese?

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46. "You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think." - Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius 26 April 121 – 17 March 180) was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180, a Stoic philosopher and the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors.

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47. "You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." - Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius 26 April 121 – 17 March 180) was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180, a Stoic philosopher and the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors.

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48. "The reason that most people don’t possess these extraordinary physical capabilities isn’t because they don’t have the capacity for them, but rather because they’re satisfied to live in the comfortable rut of homeostasis and never do the work that is required to get out of it. They live in the world of “good enough.”" - Anders Ericsson

Anders Ericsson (October, 23, 1947 – June 17, 2020) was a Swedish psychologist and Professor of Psychology known for his research into and books about (e.g., ?Peak) the nature of expertise and human performance.

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49. "Our acts can be no wiser than our thoughts, Our thinking can be no wiser than our understanding." - George S. Clason

George S. Clason was an American soldier, businessman and author most often associated with his book The Richest Man in Babylon which was first published in 1926.

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50. "Preceding accomplishment must be desire. Thy desires must be strong and definite." - George S. Clason

George S. Clason was an American soldier, businessman and author most often associated with his book The Richest Man in Babylon which was first published in 1926.

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51. "If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires." - Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is an English-born Canadian journalist, best-selling author, and public speaker whose writing often deals with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences (see e.g., Outliers)

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Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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