101 Motivational Og Mandino Quotes on Life and Love

Og Mandino, born on December 12, 1923 was a military officer and bombardier during World War II, flying alongside movie star James Stewart.

After the war, he struggled to find work, leading him to become an insurance salesman.

However, life took a dark turn as he spiraled into alcoholism, resulting in the loss of his job and family.

During a low point in his life, Mandino almost committed suicide but instead ended up in a library.

There, he found solace in self-help, success and motivation books, which ultimately led him on a path to recovery from alcoholism.


One particular book, W. Clement Stone’s “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude,” was transformative for Mandino.

This newfound passion for success literature spurred Mandino to visit libraries across the U.S., reading hundreds of books on the subject.

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Inspired by Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone and Emmet Fox, Mandino transformed his life.

He eventually became a successful writer and speaker, earning a spot in the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame.

His journey serves as an inspiring testament to the power of self-help literature and personal resilience.

Here is a compilation of the greatest quotes by Og Mandino.

Inspirational Og Mandino Quotes

1. “I will persist until I succeed!” ~ (Og Mandino).

2. “If I persist long enough I will win.” ~ (Og Mandino).


3. “Do all things with love.” ~ (Og Mandino).

4. “Success and rest don’t sleep together.” ~ (Og Mandino).

5. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” ~ (Og Mandino).

6. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” ~ (Og Mandino).

7. “Action will destroy your procrastination.” ~ (Og Mandino).

8. “Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure.” ~ (Og Mandino).

9. “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~ (Og Mandino).

10. “Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.” ~ (Og Mandino).

11. “Use wisely your power of choice.” ~ (Og Mandino).

12. “If I must be a slave to habit let me be a slave to good habits.” ~ (Og Mandino).

13. “My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.” ~ (Og Mandino).


14. “I will persist until I succeed. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.” ~ (Og Mandino).

15. “Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” ~ (Og Mandino).

16. “Today I begin a new life. Today I shed my old skin which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity. Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all.” ~ (Og Mandino).

17. “Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” ~ (Og Mandino).

18. “It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.” ~ (Og Mandino).

19. “I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.” ~ (Og Mandino).

20. “Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.” ~ (Og Mandino).

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21. “True happiness lies within you.” ~ (Og Mandino).

22. “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” ~ (Og Mandino).

23. “I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat; for they are the words of fools.” ~ (Og Mandino).

24. “I will form good habits and become their slaves.” ~ (Og Mandino).


25. “I will act now. I will act now. I will act now.” ~ (Og Mandino).

26. “Never settle for the crumbs of life.” ~ (Og Mandino).

27. “I will greet this day with love in my heart.” ~ (Og Mandino).

28. “The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.” ~ (Og Mandino).

29. “Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday.” ~ (Og Mandino).

30. “The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories.” ~ (Og Mandino).

31. “I am not a human being, I am a human becoming.” ~ (Og Mandino).

32. “Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.” ~ (Og Mandino).

33. “I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.” ~ (Og Mandino).

34. “Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.” ~ (Og Mandino).

35. “Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you.” ~ (Og Mandino).

36. “Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” ~ (Og Mandino).


37. “Today I will be the master of my emotions.” ~ (Og Mandino).

38. “I will keep a smile on my face and in my heart even when it hurts today.” ~ (Og Mandino).

39. “Realize how good you really are.” ~ (Og Mandino).

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40. “I shall live this day as if it is my last. And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.” ~ (Og Mandino).

41. “Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.” ~ (Og Mandino).

42. “In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits.” ~ (Og Mandino).

43. “Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future.” ~ (Og Mandino).

44. “I will greet this day with love in my heart. For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscles can split a shield and even destroy life itself but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of man.” ~ (Og Mandino).

45. “Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.” ~ (Og Mandino).

46. “Practice the art of patience for nature never acts in haste.” ~ (Og Mandino).

47. “If I persist, if I continue to try, if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed!” ~ (Og Mandino).

48. “I will waste not even a precious second today in anger or hate or jealousy or selfishness. I know that the seeds I sow I will harvest, because every action, good or bad, is always followed by an equal reaction. I will plant only good seeds this day.” ~ (Og Mandino).

49. “God will never give you any problems that he thinks you can’t solve.” ~ (Og Mandino).

50. “Never feel shame for trying and failing, for he who never failed is he who never tried.” ~ (Og Mandino).

51. “You can’t conquer reality by running away from it.” ~ (Og Mandino).

52. “What is past is past. You can do nothing about yesterday and last month and the failures of last year, but you can do everything toward making tomorrow and the rest of your life what you always dreamed it could be.” ~ (Og Mandino).

53. “So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist.” ~ (Og Mandino).

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54. “Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now.” ~ (Og Mandino).

55. “All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath – so what does that make today worth?” ~ (Og Mandino).

56. “The secret of success is to triple your rate of failure.” ~ (Og Mandino).

57. “I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success.” ~ (Og Mandino).

58. “You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity and the sour sound of whining.” ~ (Og Mandino).

59. “Take great comfort in knowing that ALL great feats are accomplished one small step at a time.” ~ (Og Mandino).

60. “Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.” ~ (Og Mandino).

61. “No, my son, do not aspire for wealth and labor not only to be rich. Strive instead for happiness, to be loved and to love, and most important to acquire peace of mind and serenity.” ~ (Og Mandino).

62. “You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home.” ~ (Og Mandino).

63. “Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.” ~ (Og Mandino).

64. “My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end. Nothing is easier than fault finding. All it will do is discolor my personality so that none will want to associate with me. That was my old life. No more.” ~ (Og Mandino).

65. “I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand.” ~ (Og Mandino).

66. “Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find “tomorrow” on the calendars of fools.” ~ (Og Mandino).

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67. “I need not wait for I have the power to choose my own destiny.” ~ (Og Mandino).

68. “Act now, for now is all you have.” ~ (Og Mandino).

69. “Each misfortune you encounter will carry in it the seed of tomorrow’s good luck.” ~ (Og Mandino).

70. “Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again.” ~ (Og Mandino).

71. “Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along.” ~ (Og Mandino).

72. “A day merely survived is no cause for celebration.” ~ (Og Mandino).

73. “I will commit not the terrible crime of aiming too low. I will do the work that a failure will not do. I will always let my reach exceed my grasp.” ~ (Og Mandino).


74. “Each problem has a positive side.” ~ (Og Mandino).

75. “Do the very best that you can, in the things you do best, and you will know in thy soul, that you are the greatest success in the world.” ~ (Og Mandino).

76. “Remind thyself, in the darkest moments, that every failure is only a step toward success, every detection of what is false directs you toward what is true, every trial exhausts some tempting form of error, and every adversity will only hide, for a time, your path to peace and fulfillment.” ~ (Og Mandino).

77. “Laugh and your life will be lengthened for this is the great secret of long life.” ~ (Og Mandino).

78. “Only a habit can subdue another habit.” ~ (Og Mandino).

79. “I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” ~ (Og Mandino).

80. “And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.” ~ (Og Mandino).

81. “Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile!” ~ (Og Mandino).

82. “You will move in the direction you are facing.” ~ (Og Mandino).

83. “There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.” ~ (Og Mandino).

84. “Green grass grows where dry desert ends.” ~ (Og Mandino).

Inspiring Og Mandino Quotes

85. “The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.” ~ (Og Mandino).

86. “I will work when failures seek rest.” ~ (Og Mandino).

87. “So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.” ~ (Og Mandino).

88. “In this world, the greatest rewards of success, wealth and happiness are usually obtained not through the exercise of special powers such a genius or intellect but through one’s energetic use of simple means and ordinary qualities.” ~ (Og Mandino).

89. “You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame and self-pity. There is a better way to live.” ~ (Og Mandino).

90. “Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.” ~ (Og Mandino).

91. “One of the great undiscovered joys of life comes from doing everything one attempts to the best of one’s ability. The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement.” ~ (Og Mandino).


92. “Don’t let your success of today lay you into complacency for tomorrow. For that is the worst form of failure.” ~ (Og Mandino).

93. “Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it.” ~ (Og Mandino).

94. “Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.” ~ (Og Mandino).

95. “We are unhappy because we no longer have our self esteem. We are unhappy, because we no longer believe we are a special miracle, a special creation of God. We have lost faith in ourselves.” ~ (Og Mandino).

96. “Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all.” ~ (Og Mandino).

97. “I’d rather learn how to prevent failure than how to gain success, because for what is success other than a state of mind?” ~ (Og Mandino).

98. “The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement.” ~ (Og Mandino).

99. “Cherish each hour of this day for it can NEVER return.” ~ (Og Mandino).

100. “Already, it is later than you think for your earthly life at best, is only a blink of an eye between two eternities.” ~ (Og Mandino).

101. “He who worries about calamities suffers them twice over.” ~ (Og Mandino).

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Short Biography of Og Mandino

Og Mandino, an American author born on December 12, 1923, in Natick, Massachusetts, became renowned for his bestseller “The Greatest Salesman in the World.”


His books, selling over 50 million copies worldwide, reflect a deep influence from self-help and success literature.

Mandino, originally aiming for a journalism career, shifted paths due to personal trials, including his mother’s death and his military service as a bomber in WWII.

Full Name Augustine “Og” Mandino II
Born December 12, 1923 Natick, Massachusetts, United States
Died September 3, 1996 (aged 72) Antrim, New Hampshire, United States
Occupation Author
Website ogmandino.com

Post-war, he overcame challenges including alcoholism by immersing himself in motivational reading, which eventually led him to a transformative career in sales and writing.

He later served as the president of Success Unlimited magazine and entered the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame.

Quick Facts about Og Mandino

  • Og Mandino was an American author known for his bestseller “The Greatest Salesman in the World,” with over 50 million copies of his books sold globally in more than 25 languages.
  • He served as president of Success Unlimited magazine until 1976 and was later inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame.
  • Born in Natick, Massachusetts, on December 12, 1923, Mandino was named after his Italian grandfather.
  • His early aspirations in journalism were interrupted by his mother’s death in 1940, leading him to work in a paper factory before joining the military.
  • During World War II, Mandino was a bomber pilot in the United States Army Air Corps, flying 30 missions over Germany in a B-24 Liberator alongside actor James Stewart.
  • Post-war, Mandino struggled with alcoholism and contemplated suicide, but a pivotal moment came when he discovered motivational books in a library, leading to a lifelong pursuit of reading and self-improvement.
  • His life was profoundly influenced by W. Clement Stone’s book “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude,” inspiring him to pursue a career in sales and eventually become a sales manager.
  • Mandino’s writings, which include works like “The Greatest Miracle in the World” and “The Christ Commission,” blend motivational philosophy with biblical themes and are influenced by figures like Napoleon Hill and Emmet Fox.
  • He contributed extensively to literature as an author and editor, including his role as Executive Editor for Success Unlimited and editing the anthology “A Treasury of Success Unlimited.”
  • Mandino’s philosophy emphasized the miracle of human potential and the importance of consciously directing one’s life toward abundance and success.

Top Questions about Og Mandino

Q: What book by Og Mandino became a bestseller, achieving global recognition?

A: “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino became a bestseller and was translated into more than 25 languages with over 50 million copies sold worldwide.

Q: What significant career did Og Mandino have during World War II?

A: During World War II, Og Mandino served as a bomber pilot in the United States Army Air Corps, flying 30 missions over Germany in a B-24 Liberator.

Q: What role did Og Mandino assume in the publishing industry, and what were some of his contributions?

A: Og Mandino served as president of Success Unlimited magazine until 1976 and later became the Executive Editor. He also edited the anthology “A Treasury of Success Unlimited.”

Q: How did Og Mandino’s life change after encountering motivational books post-World War II?

A: After struggling with alcoholism and personal challenges post-war, Og Mandino’s life changed when he found motivational books in a library, sparking his interest in reading and self-improvement, which eventually led him to a successful career in sales.

Q: What philosophical themes are prevalent in Og Mandino’s works, and who were some of his influences?

A: Og Mandino’s writings often blend motivational philosophy with biblical themes. His work was influenced by notable figures like Napoleon Hill, Emmet Fox, and particularly W. Clement Stone, whose book “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” had a significant impact on him.

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