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25 Life Changing Dale Carnegie Quotes

Carnegie’s work has inspired millions to become more effective and successful at work and life.

Dale Carnegie was born in 1888 into poverty on a farm in Missouri. Over time he overcame his humble beginnings, eventually becoming a globally recognized American writer and lecturer.

He developed a number of courses and wrote numerous books on self-improvement, sales, interpersonal relations, public speaking and corporate life. His seminal work was a book called “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, a bestseller that remains popular today.

His work has inspired millions to become more effective and successful at work and life. Below are 25 of his most influential quotes:

  1. “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.”
  1. “Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.”
  1. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “Success is getting what you want…Happiness is wanting what you get.”
  1. “Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
  1. “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. ”
  1. “Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.”
  1. “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. ”
  1. “Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.”
  1. “Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, ‘I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.”
  1. “Our thoughts make us what we are.”
  1. “Knowledge isn’t power until it is applied.”
  1. “The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.”
  1. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
  1. “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”
  1. “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, for your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
  1. “One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.”
  1. “One of the 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 that are blooming outside our windows today.”
  1. “You can’t win an argument. You can’t because if you lose it, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it.”

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