148 Napoleon Hill Quotes for Success and Big Thinking

Napoleon Hill was an American author known as the father of the personal success genre.

He was best recognized for his influential book “Think and Grow Rich”, Hill’s work centered on the role of personal belief in achieving success.

After a challenging childhood and youth, Hill’s breakthrough came in 1908 when he was assigned to write about successful individuals of his time, including Andrew Carnegie.

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This led to his development of “The Philosophy of Achievement”, a multi-volume study course on the formula of success.

Hill emphasized freedom, democracy, capitalism and harmony as foundations of success.

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His writings, still sought-after, have sold millions of copies worldwide and continue to motivate and inspire generations.

I have listed down some of the inspiring quotes from Napoleon Hill for you.

Best Napoleon Hill Quotes

1. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).


2. “Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

3. “The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

4. “The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

5. “Do not wait. The time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

6. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

7. “Action is the real measure of intelligence.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

8. “Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

9. “If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

10. “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).


11. “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

12. “A genius is simply one who has taken full possession of his own mind and directed it toward objectives of his own choosing, without permitting outside influences to discourage or mislead him.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

13. “When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

14. “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).

15. “Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

16. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

17. “Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

18. “If you are not learning while you’re earning, you are cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

19. “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

20. “When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity – regardless of what others may do – you are destined for greatness.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).


21. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

22. “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

23. “Plan your work and work your plan.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

24. “First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

25. “More gold had been mined from the mind of men than the earth itself.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

26. “You either control your mind or it controls you.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

27. “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

28. “Set your target and keep trying until you reach it.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

29. “Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing. ” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

30. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

31. “You may be hurt if you love too much, but you will live in misery if you love too little.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

32. “A positive mind finds a way it can be done; a negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

33. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

34. “Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

35. “Focus on the possibilities for success, not on the potential for failure.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).


36. “Burn the boats as you enter the island and you will take the island.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

37. “Start going the extra mile and opportunity will follow you.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

38. “Time is valuable, and when it is gone, it is gone. Time is wealth, and unlike money, when it is gone, you cannot replace it.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

39. “Control your own mind, and you may never be controlled by the mind of another.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

40. “Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

41. “Life is a game board. Time is your opponent. If you procrastinate, you will lose the game. You must make a move to be victorious.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

42. “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

43. “You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

44. “Failure cannot cope with persistence.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

45. “You can do it if you believe you can.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

46. “Life is a mirror of your consistent thoughts.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

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47. “Achieve self-mastery over your thoughts, and constantly direct them toward your goals and objectives. Learn to focus your attention on the goals that you want to achieve and on finding ways to achieve those goals.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

48. “Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

49. “Success is good at any age, but the sooner you find it, the longer you will enjoy it.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

50. “You have a brain and mind of your own. Use it, and reach your own decisions.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

51. “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

52. “Willpower and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

53. “Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

54. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

55. “O Divine Providence, I ask not for more riches but more wisdom with which to make wiser use of the riches you gave me at birth, consisting in the power to control and direct my own mind to whatever ends I might desire.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

56. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade and sell it to all of those who get thirsty from complaining.”  ~ (Napoleon Hill).

57. “The persistent man with a poor plan stands a better chance of winning than the man with a perfect plan who hesitates and wavers in carrying it out.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

58. “A positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

59. “Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

60. “No person may enjoy outstanding success without good health.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).


61. “The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

62. “Remember that it is not the lawyer who knows the most law, but the one who best prepares his case, who wins.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

63. “Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

64. “Nothing is impossible to the person who backs DESIRE with enduring FAITH.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

65. “Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

66. “Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

67. “When you begin to think and grow rich, you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

68. “I am thankful for the adversities, which have crossed my pathway, for they taught me tolerance, sympathy, self-control, perseverance and some other virtues I might never have known.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

69. “What is initiative? I’ll tell you: It is doing the right thing without being told.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

70. “You can always become the person you would have liked to be.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

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71. “The great leaders of business, industry and finance, and the great artists, poets, musicians and writers all became great because they developed the power of self-motivation.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

72. “Life reflects your own thoughts back to you.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

73. “Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

74. “The worst of all human ailments: indecision.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

75. “One way to avoid criticism is to do nothing and to be a nobody. The world will then not bother you.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

76. “Fear is faith in reverse gear.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

77. “There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

78. “Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching a decision not to worry about what other people think, do, or say.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

79. “Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

80. “Faith is the head chemist of the mind.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

81. “The jack-of-all-trades seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

82. “Don’t be afraid of a little opposition. Remember that the ‘Kite’ of success generally rises AGAINST the wind of Adversity, not with it.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

83. “Every human brain is both a broadcasting and receiving station for the vibration of thought.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

84. “Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

85. “Faith is the eternal elixir. It gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

86. “Every time a man rises from defeat, he becomes mentally and emotionally stronger. Thus, in time, one may actually find his self – his true, inner self – through temporary defeat.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

87. “Enthusiasm is the steam that drives the engine.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

88. “What a different story men would have to tell if only they would adopt a DEFINITE PURPOSE, and stand by that purpose until it had time to become an all-consuming obsession!” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

89. “If you must let someone down, be sure it isn’t the friend who helped you up when you were down.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

90. “Within every setback or obstacle or disadvantage there is the seed of an equal or opposite or greater advantage or benefit.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

91. “Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

92. “Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

93. “Within every adversity is an equal and opposite benefit.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

94. “Faith and Fear make poor bedfellows. Where one is found, the other cannot exist.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

95. “Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

96. “Success in life depends upon happiness, and happiness is found in no other way than through SERVICE that is rendered in a spirit of love.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

97. “Through some strange and powerful principle of mental chemistry which she has never divulged, nature wraps up in the impulse of strong desire, that something which recognizes no such word as impossible, and accepts no such reality as failure.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

98. “Every company has room for the man who has a definite plan of action which is to the advantage of that company.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

99. “If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. Don’t wait for great opportunities. Seize common, everyday ones and make them great.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

100. “One who has loved truly can never lose entirely.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

101. “The habit of taking the line of least resistance makes all rivers and some men crooked.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

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102. “Imagination is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

103. “The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

104. “Your deliberate Chief Aim in life should be selected with deliberate care.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

105. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

106. “Dreams come true when desire transforms into concrete actions.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

107. “Happiness may be found only by helping others to find it.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

108. “Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

109. “If you have a strong belief in yourself, in what you are doing and what you want to do, no adversity is too difficult to overcome.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

110. “Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

111. “The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

Powerful Napoleon Hill Quotes

112. “The Master Mind principle: Two or more people actively engaged in the pursuit of a definite purpose with a positive mental attitude, constitute an unbeatable force.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

113. “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

114. “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

115. “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

116. “There is nothing that belief plus a burning desire cannot make real.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

117. “Self-control is solely a matter of thought-control!” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

118. “When riches begin to come they come so quickly, in such great abundance, that one wonders where they have been hiding during all those lean years.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

119. “Enthusiasm, if fueled by inspiration and perseverance, travels with passion and its destination is excellence.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

120. “Remember, no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

121. “It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

122. “Every failure is a blessing in disguise, providing it teaches some needed lesson one could not have learned without it. Most so-called Failures are only temporary defeats.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

123. “The turning point in the life of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

124. “Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

125. “It is strange, but true, that the most important turning-points of life often come at the most unexpected times and in the most unexpected ways.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

126. “Success requires no explanations. Failure permits no alibis.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

127. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past or how lofty your aims and hopes may be.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

Great Napoleon Hill Quotes

128. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! Strong, deeply rooted desire is the starting point of all achievement.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

129. “You have absolute control over just one thing, your thoughts. This divine gift is the sole means by which you may control your destiny. If you fail to control your mind, you will control nothing else.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

130. “The great master key to riches is nothing more or less than the self-discipline necessary to help you take full and complete possession of your own mind.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

131. “One of the most important principles of success is developing the habit of going the extra mile.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

132. “Practical dreamers do not quit.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

133. “Every problem comes with an equal or greater opportunity.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

134. “The basis of persistence is the Power of Will.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

135. “If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

136. “Success attracts success and failure attracts failure because of the law of harmonious attraction.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

137. “The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

138. “The man of decision cannot be stopped! The man of indecision cannot be started! Take your own choice.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

139. “Keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

140. “The subconscious mind is more susceptible to influence by impulses of thought mixed with ‘feeling’ or emotion, than by those originating solely in the reasoning portion of the mind.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

141. “Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

142. “No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful or greedy. Unless you let him.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

143. “You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

144. “A man who can speak two languages is worth two men.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

145. “Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

146. “Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

147. “Deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to think and act on building the life you desire.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

148. “I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.” ~ (Napoleon Hill).

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