184 Best Ben Carson Quotes on Life and Success

American neurosurgeon-turned-politician, Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., known for the first successful separation of conjoined twins attached at the head, served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 2017-2021 under President Trump.

Carson’s academic pursuit, propelled by his mother, led to him becoming the youngest director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.

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Transitioning to politics in 2012 he became a conservative star after criticizing President Obama even running for president in 2016.

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He co-founded the Carson Scholars Fund and received the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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In this article, I have compiled the great quotes by Ben Carson.

Best Ben Carson Quotes


People all over the nation are starved for honesty and common sense. ~ Ben Carson.

We’ll always be safe in Jesus Christ if we place our faith in the Lord. ~ Ben Carson.

Do your best and let God do the rest. ~ Ben Carson.

Do what you have to do so that you can be what you want to be. ~ Ben Carson.

We should be concerned not only about the health of individual patients, but also the health of our entire society. ~ Ben Carson.

The outstanding doctor constantly emphasized the humanitarian aspect of medical care. ~ Ben Carson.

If you hear how wonderful you are often enough, you begin to believe it, no matter how you try to resist it. ~ Ben Carson.

Surrendering to fear and allowing ourselves to be paralyzed by peril isn’t something most of us can afford to do. ~ Ben Carson.

Successful people don’t have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward. ~ Ben Carson.

The more I learn about the human body, our environment, and the universe, the more it increases my faith. ~ Ben Carson.

My favorite subject was recess. Fortunately for me, I had a mother who believed I was smart. ~ Ben Carson.

Famous Ben Carson Quotes

I first wanted to be a psychiatrist. I decided against that in medical school when I discovered that psychiatrists didn’t, in reality, do what they did on TV. ~ Ben Carson.

Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give. ~ Ben Carson.

My experience has confirmed the wisdom of so much of what the Bible teaches. ~ Ben Carson.

There’s no question that as science, knowledge and technology advance, that we will attempt to do more significant things. And there’s no question that we will always have to temper those things with ethics. ~ Ben Carson.

I see the insurance issue, the coverage of people for healthcare in our country as a huge moral issue. The richest country in the world to have 47 million people without health insurance is ridiculous. ~ Ben Carson.

It’s very difficult to speak to a large group of people these days and not offend someone. ~ Ben Carson.

Right now, the United States of America is the patient. And the patient is in critical condition and will not be cured by political correctness and will not be cured by timidity. ~ Ben Carson.

Sometimes one has to be humble enough to start at the bottom with a minimum-wage job even if you have a college degree. Once you get your foot in the door, you can prove your worth and rapidly move up the ladder. If you never get in the door, it is unlikely that you will rise to the top. ~ Ben Carson.

There’s a false narrative that only the political class has the wisdom and the ability to be commander-in- chief. But if you go back and you study the design of our country, it was really designed for the citizen statesman. ~ Ben Carson.

The key is to cut out the middleman and empower both doctor and patient with information about what things cost. ~ Ben Carson.

Ultimate Ben Carson Quotes

Some people say you’re weak because, you know, you’re not loud and you’re not boisterous and you’re not rude. But the fact of the matter is, look and see what I’ve done. And that speaks volumes about strength. ~ Ben Carson.

It’s a failure only if you don’t get anything out of it, Thomas Edison said he knew 999 ways that a light bulb did not work; yet we have lights today. ~ Ben Carson.

Military action is never the first thing that you jump to. You always look at other possibilities, including economic sanctions, tightening the screws. ~ Ben Carson.

I struggled academically throughout elementary school. ~ Ben Carson.

Even if you’re Bill Gates, you’ve got problems. I’m sure he would probably easily give a few billion dollars to get rid of all the problems that he has. ~ Ben Carson.

I don’t believe that expressing your opinion, regardless of who is there, is being rude. And it’s a shame that we’ve reached a level in our country where we think that you don’t have the right to put your opinion out there. ~ Ben Carson.

There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave, There are souls that are pure and true; Then give the world the best you have, And the best will come back to you. Madeline Bridges. ~ Ben Carson.

A lot of people simply don’t realize their potential because they’re just so risk averse. They just don’t want to take the risk. ~ Ben Carson.

In our culture, security has become an obsession. ~ Ben Carson.

I could easily have decided that life was cruel, that being black meant everything was stacked against me. ~ Ben Carson.

If we recognize our talents and use them appropriately, and choose a field that uses those talents, we will rise to the top of our field. ~ Ben Carson.

When I treat other people with kindness and love, it is part of my way of paying my debt to God and the world for the privilege of living on this planet. ~ Ben Carson.

I don’t do a lot of talking. I do a lot of doing. And really, it says more about a person than how much they talk. ~ Ben Carson.


You pray for yourself and just ask God to give you strength. ~ Ben Carson.

Our strength as a nation comes in our unity. We are the United States of America, not the divided states. And those who want to divide us are trying to divide us, and we shouldn’t let them do it. ~ Ben Carson.

We need to start thinking about the needs of the American people before we go and solve everybody else’s problems. ~ Ben Carson.

The thing that is probably most important is having a brain, and to be able to figure things out and learn things very rapidly. ~ Ben Carson.

If you’re black and you oppose a progressive agenda, and you’re pro life, and you’re pro family, then they do not even know what to call you. You end up on some watch list for extremists. ~ Ben Carson.

Do you have a brain? Then you can think your way out of it. The reason we have brains is so we can figure out how to do things. ~ Ben Carson.

I think God’s a pretty fair guy. ~ Ben Carson.

Top Ben Carson Quotes

I believe that things are always going to work out, even if in the beginning it doesn’t look like they are working out. I know in the long run they are going to work out, and it’s going to be fine. ~ Ben Carson.

I hope we, the American people, can come to the understanding that we are not each other’s enemies. The enemies are those who are stoking the flames of division, trying to divide us into every category. ~ Ben Carson.

Uninformed people can be easily manipulated. ~ Ben Carson.

If we would spend on education half the amount of money that we currently lavish on sports and entertainment, we could provide complete and free education for every student in this country. ~ Ben Carson.

We’re not planning for the future. If we continue to spend ourselves into oblivion, we are going to destroy this nation. ~ Ben Carson.

When we are confronted by failure and mistakes, we can leave them behind and go on with our lives. ~ Ben Carson.

That’s the only way we’re going to get through these programs. That is true compassion. Having people become dependent on others is not compassion at all. ~ Ben Carson.

Maybe that is the best lesson I learned in my first semester at Yale, because if I had gone to a less-demanding school and continued to sail along on the top, I am sure I would never have attained the subsequent achievements in my life. ~ Ben Carson.

When I was 14, I tried to stab someone. ~ Ben Carson.

It doesn’t matter if you come from the inner city. People who fail in life are people who find lots of excuses. It’s never too late for a person to recognize that they have potential in themselves. ~ Ben Carson.

I came to realize that if people could make me angry they could could control me. Why should I give someone else such power over my life? ~ Ben Carson.

Over the years my mother’s steadfast faith in God has inspired me, particularly when I had to perform extremely difficult surgical procedures or when I found myself faced with my own medical scare. ~ Ben Carson.

In order to have good health care you need a patient and you need a health care provider. ~ Ben Carson.

Our children need to see and hear about more black role models in many fields so they can make better choices. ~ Ben Carson.

Resist this war on God, freedom of religion and freedom of speech. ~ Ben Carson.

Economics is not brain surgery. ~ Ben Carson.

You have to try, you have to try everything you can. ~ Ben Carson.

Reading is the way out of ignorance, and the road to achievement. ~ Ben Carson.

Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next. ~ Ben Carson.

Great Ben Carson Quotes

Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition. ~ Ben Carson.

You need an incredible amount of self-confidence to go digging around in someone’s brain. ~ Ben Carson.


There is no freedom without bravery. ~ Ben Carson.

I have sunshine in my heart regardless of conditions around me. ~ Ben Carson.

I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal. ~ Ben Carson.

What I agree with is that we need a significantly changed taxation system. And the one that I’ve advocated is based on tithing, because I think God is a pretty fair guy. ~ Ben Carson.

I wouldn’t go to war over Ukraine. ~ Ben Carson.

Anyone with a normal brain can do almost anything. ~ Ben Carson.

Nobody is starving on the streets. We’ve always taken care of them. We take care of our own; we always have. It is not the government’s responsibility. ~ Ben Carson.

Politics is corrupting the American judicial system in much the same way the judicial system was corrupted in Nazi Germany. ~ Ben Carson.

Everyone in the world is worth being nice to. Because God never creates inferior human beings, each person deserves respect and dignity. ~ Ben Carson.

I was perhaps the worst student you have ever seen. You know, I thought I was stupid, all my classmates thought I was stupid, so there was general agreement. ~ Ben Carson.

No knowledge is ever wasted. ~ Ben Carson.

Of course, no religious test for the presidency – every faith adds to our national character. ~ Ben Carson.

We don’t know the end from the beginning the way that God does. So when a child dies, sure that is incredibly difficult, and when you are the parent, there is almost nothing anybody can say to you that makes any sense. ~ Ben Carson.

Education is a fundamental principle of what made America a success. We can’t afford to throw any young people away. ~ Ben Carson.

White liberals are the most racist people there are, because they put blacks in a box and insist that they think one way – and if they don’t, they attack them as illegitimate, all the while denying that their policies destroy blacks. ~ Ben Carson.

There is no such thing as an average human being. If you have a normal brain, you are superior. ~ Ben Carson.

We need to be on a war footing. We need to understand that our nation is in grave danger. ~ Ben Carson.

Every person is endowed with God-given abilities, and we must cultivate every ounce of talent we have in order to maintain our pinnacle position in the world. ~ Ben Carson.

I serve God, and my purpose is to please Him, and if God be for you, who can be against you? ~ Ben Carson.

Always put first things first. ~ Ben Carson.

I’m convinced that we all harvest the fruits of our labors. ~ Ben Carson.

Wise Ben Carson Quotes

I am convinced that knowledge is power – to overcome the past, to change our own situations, to fight new obstacles, to make better decisions. ~ Ben Carson.

I do not want to get rid of the safety net, I want to get rid of dependency. ~ Ben Carson.

Law officials put their lives on the line every single day for us, and I think we also owe them a degree of respect. ~ Ben Carson.

Illogical thinkers throw names and slurs around because they have no arguments with which to rebut their opponents. Rational people have to keep hammering their points home. ~ Ben Carson.

What is important, what I consider success, is that we make a contribution to our world. ~ Ben Carson.

I came away with the idea that respect is really the solution. We need to teach young people to respect authority – particularly, respect the law. ~ Ben Carson.

Stop thinking of failing. ~ Ben Carson.

Why should I give someone else such power over my life? ~ Ben Carson.

We have to destroy their caliphate because that gives them legitimacy to go ahead with the global Jihad. We have to take their energy because they are – ISIS is the richest terrorist organization there is. ~ Ben Carson.

God would grant all of us wisdom, calm, and peace, that his presence would be in the operating room, and that his will might be done. ~ Ben Carson.

Do we have a brain? Then use it. It’s all you need to overcome a problem. That’s the secret. That’s my simple but powerful prescription for life, love, and success in a dangerous world. ~ Ben Carson.

I don’t want my kids to grow up with no father like I did. I came to the conclusion a while ago that you can work until midnight and not be finished or you can work until 6 or 7 and not be finished. I decided I’d rather work until 6 or 7. ~ Ben Carson.

The doors of the world are opened to people who can read. ~ Ben Carson.

The Roman Empire was very, very much like us. They lost their moral core, their sense of values in terms of who they were. And after all of those things converged together, they just went right down the tubes very quickly. ~ Ben Carson.

It’s not what you do but that kind of job you do that makes the difference. ~ Ben Carson.

I always pray before any of the operation. I think God help me know what to do. ~ Ben Carson.

There comes a time when people with values simply have to stand up. Think about Nazi, Germany. Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. ~ Ben Carson.

There is so much potential out there in young people and they aren’t getting the right information or being encouraged in the right ways. This is our duty as a society. ~ Ben Carson.

Our country since its inception has been at war, every 15 or 20 years. But the war that we are fighting against radical Islamist jihadists is one that we must win. Our very existence is dependent upon that. ~ Ben Carson.

I always say if God didn’t allow any bad things to happen we would already be in heaven, and we are not there. ~ Ben Carson.

It’s ridiculous that our solar system, not to mention the universe outside of that, is extraordinarily well organized, to the point where we can predict 70 years away when a comet is coming. ~ Ben Carson.

Our friends can’t trust us anymore. You know, Ukraine was a nuclear-armed state. They gave away their nuclear arms with the understanding that we would protect them. We won’t even give them offensive weapons. ~ Ben Carson.

A good surgeon doesn’t just concentrate on technical ability, but also on the appropriateness of what you’re doing. ~ Ben Carson.

Why should we be letting people smoke their cigars in their comfortable chairs in Raqqa? ~ Ben Carson.

Here is the treasure chest of the world – the public library, or a bookstore. ~ Ben Carson.

When I look at the human brain I’m still in awe of it. ~ Ben Carson.

Inspiring Ben Carson Quotes

Intelligent people tend to talk about the facts. They don’t sit around and call each other names. That’s what you can find on a third grade playground. ~ Ben Carson.

My strong belief is that God created human beings and therefore he knows about every aspect of the human body. So if I want to fix it, I just need to stay in harmony with Him. ~ Ben Carson.

We need to reorient people in terms of what real success is all about. ~ Ben Carson.

Always give your best and try to figure out how to do an even better job. ~ Ben Carson.

I got involved with classical music when I was in high school and it’s followed me throughout my entire life and probably had a profound effect on my life. ~ Ben Carson.

I consider myself a logical person and, you know, a lot of people try to categorize me in one way or another. ~ Ben Carson.

A great operation on the wrong patient is just as bad as a horrible operation on the right patient. So, you have to have all that together. ~ Ben Carson.

There’s no such thing as useless knowledge. You never know what doors it’s going to open up for you. ~ Ben Carson.

There is no job more important than parenting. This I believe. ~ Ben Carson.

Corporations are not in business to be social-welfare organizations; they are there to make money. ~ Ben Carson.

If we acknowledge our need for God, he will help us. ~ Ben Carson.


By thinking big, we can transform our world. ~ Ben Carson.

I think of success as reaching beyond ourselves and helping other people in specific ways. ~ Ben Carson.

Just because somebody happens to disagree with you about something doesn’t mean that they become your mortal enemy and that you should try to destroy them and destroy their life and destroy their family. ~ Ben Carson.

We get out of life what we put into it. The way we treat others is the way we ourselves get treated. ~ Ben Carson.

Unique Ben Carson Quotes

No matter how good you are at planning, the pressure never goes away. So I don’t fight it. I feed off it. I turn pressure into motivation to do my best. ~ Ben Carson.

Nobody can hinder you from doing what you want, if that’s what you set your mind to. You can always find a hook to hang excuses on, but they’re only excuses. You don’t have anyone to blame but yourself. Nobody else makes you fail. ~ Ben Carson.

Tell the truth. If you tell the truth all the time you don’t have to worry three months down the line about what you said three months earlier. Truth is always the truth. You won’t have to complicate your life by trying to cover up. ~ Ben Carson.

It does not matter where we come from or what we look like. If we recognize our abilities, are willing to learn and to use what we know in helping others, we will always have a place in the world. ~ Ben Carson.

We need to be willing to stand up and speak up for what we believe. ~ Ben Carson.

You have yourself to blame. ~ Ben Carson.

The point is, we can decry the dangers we face or ignore them or even allow ourselves to be paralyzed by fear. ~ Ben Carson.

If we don’t get the military right nothing else matters. ~ Ben Carson.

Say your prayers. And I’ll say mine. Because I really think it helps. ~ Ben Carson.

People are simply not willing to look at their problems honestly and admit that they have problems. ~ Ben Carson.

Education does not necessarily make one wise? ~ Ben Carson.

If we develop in-depth knowledge it will enable us to give our best to others and help to make a better world. ~ Ben Carson.

If we allow ourselves to dwell on negatives, on hurts, on mistreatments, we will be negative thinkers. So be open to positive thinking, THINK BIG! ~ Ben Carson.

God cares about every area of our lives, and God wants us to ask for help. ~ Ben Carson.

The culture in which we live stresses looking out for number one. Without adopting such a self-centered value system, we can demand the best of ourselves while we are extending our hands to help others. ~ Ben Carson.

People are starving for that coming out of Washington. And it’s not a Democrat thing or a Republican thing. I think it’s a politician thing. ~ Ben Carson.

Knowledge is the key that unlocks all the doors. You can be green-skinned with yellow polka dots and come from Mars, but if you have knowledge that people need instead of beating you, they’ll beat a path to your door. ~ Ben Carson.

Kids have what I call a built-in hypocrisy antenna that comes up and blocks out what you’re saying when you’re being a hypocrite. ~ Ben Carson.

Why I’ve advocated a proportional tax system. You make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You make $10, you pay one. And everybody gets treated the same way. And you get rid of the deductions, you get rid of all the loopholes. ~ Ben Carson.

By reading so much, my vocabulary automatically improved along with my comprehension. ~ Ben Carson.

If we make every attempt to increase our knowledge in order to use it for human good, it will make a difference in us and in our world. ~ Ben Carson.

Marriage is a very sacred institution and should not be degraded by allowing every other type of relationship to be made equivalent to it. ~ Ben Carson.

The reason that I proposed health savings accounts for everybody starting at birth, is because you very quickly accumulate an amount of money that you can use for your interactions with those health care providers. ~ Ben Carson.

People spending more of their own money on routine health care would make the system more competitive and transparent and restore the confidence between the patients and the doctors without government rationing. ~ Ben Carson.

We create our own destiny by the way we do things. We have to take advantage of opportunities and be responsible for our choices. ~ Ben Carson.

I have no problem whatsoever with allowing gay people to live as they please, as long as they don’t try to impose their lifestyle on everyone else. ~ Ben Carson.

Through the use of books I had the whole world at my fee: could travel anywhere, meet anyone, and do anything. ~ Ben Carson.

Creativity is just learning to do something with a different perspective. ~ Ben Carson.

We have much more in common with other people than we have apart. ~ Ben Carson.

What if someone hit us with an EMP, cyber-attack, and dirty bomb all at once? That would be pretty bad. ~ Ben Carson.

You can’t allow the forces of political correction to shut you up. I mean, why are people afraid to say, ‘Merry Christmas?’ Give me a break. If people don’t like it, yeah, they can go do something else. ~ Ben Carson.

Beware the abuse of Power. Both by those we disagree with, as well as those we may agree with. ~ Ben Carson.

Don’t let anyone turn you into a slave. You’re a slave if you let the media tell you that sports and entertainment are more important than developing your brain. ~ Ben Carson.

Freedom cannot last long without education, because an uneducated populace is likely to be duped by tyrants. An educated populace cannot be easily manipulated and is the foundation of a strong society. ~ Ben Carson.

Our problems are not ours alone – we share them with future generations – and we have a moral obligation to hand our nation over to our children and grandchildren in good shape. ~ Ben Carson.

We are more than just flesh and bones. There’s a certain spiritual nature and something of the mind that we can’t measure. We can’t find it. With all our sophisticated equipment, we cannot monitor or define it, and yet it’s there. ~ Ben Carson.

I feel very blessed to have been involved with some of the most complex surgical procedures in the history of the world. ~ Ben Carson.

I always pray for God’s guidance in my life and he always provides it. He opens the right doors he shuts the right doors. And I have tremendous faith in him. He just guided my career in an amazing way. ~ Ben Carson.

I’d like to be remembered as someone who got others to recognize the potential that was within them. ~ Ben Carson.

You have the ability to choose which way you want to go. You have to believe great things are going to happen in your life. Do everything you can – prepare, pray and achieve – to make it happen. ~ Ben Carson.

You can understand why I’m a believer. I have seen miracles. ~ Ben Carson.

If we commit ourselves to reading thus increasing our knowledge, only God limits how far we can go in this world. ~ Ben Carson.

I have to come to realize that God does not want to punish us, but rather, to fulfill our lives. God created us, loves us and wants to help us to realize our potential so that we can be useful to others. ~ Ben Carson.

The kind of job doesn’t matter. The length of time doesn’t matter. If you work hard and do your best, you’ll be recognized and move onward. ~ Ben Carson.

Knowledge makes people special. Knowledge enriches life itself. ~ Ben Carson.

Do not underestimate the importance of feeling special. ~ Ben Carson.

A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight – and when they come out, they’re gay. ~ Ben Carson.

You’ve promised that if we come to You and ask something in faith, that You’ll do it. ~ Ben Carson.


You are what you think. ~ Ben Carson.

The person who has the most to do what happens to you in life is you. Not somebody else and not the environment. ~ Ben Carson.

If you don’t accept excuses, then people will stop giving them and will start looking for solutions. ~ Ben Carson.

My mother told me if I work hard and I really believed in American principles and I believed in God, anything is possible. That’s why I’m not anxious to give away American values and principles for the sake of political correctness. ~ Ben Carson.

As a pediatric neurosurgeon, I frequently faced life and death situations, and had to come up with the right diagnosis, the right plan, and execute that plan frequently with other colleagues. ~ Ben Carson.

It’s very important for people to know themselves and understand what their value system is, because if you don’t know what your value system is, then you don’t know what risks are worth taking and which ones are worth avoiding. ~ Ben Carson.

Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams. ~ Ben Carson.

In my own personal life, God plays a great role in the risk, because I pray before I go into the operating room for every case, and I ask him to give me wisdom, to help me to know what to do – and not only for operating, but for everything. ~ Ben Carson.

Middle East has been in turmoil for thousands of years. For us to think that we’re going to in there and fix that with a couple of little bombs and a few little decorations is relatively foolish. ~ Ben Carson.

I don’t think really conservative or liberal; I think what makes sense. ~ Ben Carson.

Evolution and creationism both require faith. It’s just a matter of where you choose to place that faith. ~ Ben Carson.

The government is supposed to respond to the will of the people. Not dictate to the people what they are doing. ~ Ben Carson.

So these were the 184 top Ben Carson quotes and sayings on success, life and thinking big.

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