81 Orison Swett Marden Quotes from American Inspirational Author

Orison Swett Marden (1848–1924), a famous American author, penned inspirational works on attaining life success, grounded in New Thought philosophy and launched SUCCESS magazine in 1897.

Born in New Hampshire and orphaned early, Marden overcame hardships, drawing inspiration from Samuel Smiles’ “Self-Help”.

His breakthrough book, “Pushing to the Front” (1894), enjoyed widespread acclaim, influencing notable figures including U.S. Presidents and industrial pioneers.

Marden’s resilience shone when he rewrote this masterpiece after a fire destroyed the original.

Orison Swett Marden

A prolific writer, hotelier and esteemed editor, Marden left an indelible mark with his motivational writings and extensive contributions to personal development literature.

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Here is my list of top quotes by Orison Swett Marden.

Best Orison Swett Marden Quotes


Without continuous effort there cannot be continuous achievement. ~ Dr. Orison Swett Marden.


Ambition is the incentive that makes purpose GREAT and ACHIEVEMENT greater! ~ Orison Swett Marden.


Every child should be taught to expect success. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Put yourself in your customer’s place. ~ Orison Swett Marden.


Self-confidence carries conviction; it makes other people believe in us. ~ Orison Swett Marden.


Be larger than your task. ~ Orison Swett Marden.


Doing common things uncommonly well. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Opportunity is often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be tuning in. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible. ~ Orison Swett Marden.


Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, hope for tomorrow. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself? ~ Orison Swett Marden.

There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in us. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Live and let live is not enough; live and help live is not too much. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

The man who has no money is poor, but one who has nothing but money is poorer. He only is rich who can enjoy without owning; he is poor who though he has millions is covetous. ~ Orison Swett Marden.


Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Famous Orison Swett Marden Quotes

Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes through your hands. Stamp it with your manhood. Let superiority be your trademark… ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Most men fail, not through lack of education, but from lack of dogged determination, from lack of dauntless will. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

The golden rule for every business man is this: ‘Put yourself in your customer’s place.’ ~ Orison Swett Marden.

We make the world we live in and shape our own environment. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Inspiring Orison Swett Marden Quotes

To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success. ~ Orison Swett Marden.


Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably thought and act. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Aspiration lifts the life; groveling lowers it. When we are striving for excellence in everything we do the entire life grows and expands, but if we allow our standards to drop, there is a natural progression that follows, a tendency for a downward effort in all that we do thereafter. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

The hopeful man sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storm. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Your expectations opens or closes the doors of your supply, If you expect grand things, and work honestly for them, they will come to you, your supply will correspond with your expectation. ~ Orison Swett Marden.


Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Find your purpose and fling your life out to it. Find a way or make one. Try with all your might. Self-made or never made. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Orison Swett Marden Quotes

We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Conquer yourself and you can conquer everything else. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Make every occasion a great occasion, for you can never tell who may be taking your measure for a higher place. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is the small seed from which fortunes spring. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

We lift ourselves by our own thoughts; we climb upon our vision of ourselves. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

What keeps so many people back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Opportunity always looks bigger going than coming. ~ Orison Swett Marden.


A good system shortens the road to the goal. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Inspirational Orison Swett Marden Quotes

Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

A woman who is self-reliant, positive, optimistic, and undertakes her work with the assurance of success magnetizes her condition. She draws to herself the creative powers of the universe. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, hope for tomorrow. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us. ~ Orison Swett Marden.


You will find the whole world will change to you when you change your attitude toward it. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Top Orison Swett Marden Quotes

If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

No one should voluntarily remain in an environment which prevents his development. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

You will always have to live with yourself, and it is to your best interest to see that you have good company – a clean, pure, straight, honest, upright, generous, magnanimous companion. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do. ~ Orison Swett Marden.


All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

The giants of the race have been men of concentration, who have struck sledge-hammer blows in one place until they have accomplished their purpose. The successful men of today are men of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single and intense purpose. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor; the unconquerable will. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Popular Orison Swett Marden Quotes

Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. What he at first chooses, at last compels. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, this is happiness, this is success. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

A man will remain a rag-picker as long as he has only the vision of a rag-picker. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Ultimate Orison Swett Marden Quotes

The trouble with us is that we expect too much from the great happenings, the unusual things, and we overlook the common flowers on the path of life, from which we might abstract sweets, comforts, delights. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Every great man has become great, every successful man has succeeded, in proportion as he has confined his powers to one particular channel. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

The first part of success is ‘Get-to-it-iveness’; the second part of success is ‘Stick-to-it-iveness’. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

Real happiness is so simple that most people do not recognize it. It is derived from the simplest, the quietest, the most unpretentious things in the world. ~ Orison Swett Marden.

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