150 Ben Carson Quotes

There’s no need to scour the world for the best collection of Ben Carson quotes anymore, as we’ve already collected his top 150 lines for you! From quotes about having faith, establishing clear goals, and choosing the right path, this list covers it all.

Awarded by the Library of Congress the ‘Living Legend’ award, there’s really no limit to what lessons you can pick up from one of the best neurosurgeons in the world.

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Best Ben Carson Quotes

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1. “You are what you think.”

2. “I serve God, and my purpose is to please Him; and if God be for you, who can be against you?”

3. “Successful people don’t have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.”

4. “If we develop in-depth knowledge, it will enable us to give our best to others and help to make a better world.”

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5. “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.”

6. “I came to realize that if people could make me angry, they could control me. Why should I give someone else such power over my life?”

7. “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.”

8. “We get out of life what we put into it. The way we treat others is the way we ourselves get treated.”

9. “Do your best and let God do the rest.”

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10. “Through hard work, perseverance, and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.”

11. “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.”

12. “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.”

13. “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.”

14. “I am convinced that knowledge is power—to overcome the past, to change our own situations, to fight new obstacles, to make better decisions.”

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15. “Everyone in the world is worth being nice to, because God never creates inferior human beings. Each person deserves respect and dignity.”

16. “Truth is always the truth. You won’t have to complicate your life by trying to cover up.”

17. “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”

18. “We create our own destiny by the way we do things. We have to take advantage of opportunities and be responsible for our choices.”

19. “The doors of the world are opened to people who can read.”

Ben Carson Quotes on Faith and Trust

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20. “If we acknowledge our need for God, He will help us.”

21. “God cares about every area of our lives, and God wants us to ask for help.”

22. “I have sunshine in my heart regardless of the conditions around me.”

23. “We’ll always be safe in Jesus Christ if we place our faith in the Lord.”

24. “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.”

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25. “There is no such thing as an average human being. If you have a normal brain, you are superior.”

26. “My mother told me if I worked 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.”

27. “God has given us more than fourteen billion cells and connections in our brain. Why would God give us such a complex organ system unless he expects us to use it?”

28. “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.”

29. “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.”

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30. “The more I learn about the human body, our environment, and the universe, the more it increases my faith.”

31. “If we commit ourselves to reading thus increasing our knowledge, only God limits how far we can go in this world.”

32. “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.”

33. “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.”

34. “Evolution and creationism both require faith. It’s just a matter of where you choose to place that faith.”

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35. “You pray for yourself and just ask God to give you strength.”

36. “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.”

37. “You can understand why I’m a believer. I have seen miracles.”

38. “You’ve promised that if we come to You and ask something in faith, that You’ll do it.”

39. “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.”

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40. “Of course, there is no religious test for the presidency—every faith adds to our national character.”

41. “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.”

42. “Marriage is a very sacred institution and should not be degraded by allowing every other type of relationship to be made equivalent to it.”

43. “Resist this war on God, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.”

44. “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.”

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45. “We have to destroy their caliphate because that gives them legitimacy to go ahead with global Jihad. We have to take their energy because ISIS is the richest terrorist organization there is.”

46. “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.”

47. “Creativity is just learning to do something with a different perspective.”

48. “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.”

49. “Say your prayers, and I’ll say mine, because I really think it helps.”

Ben Carson Quotes on Effort and Action

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50. “Always give your best and try to figure out how to do an even better job.”

51. “If you don’t accept excuses, then people will stop giving them and will start looking for solutions.”

52. “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.”

53. “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.”

54. “Here is the treasure chest of the world—the public library, or a bookstore.”

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55. “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.”

56. “You have yourself to blame.”

57. “Anyone with a normal brain can do almost anything.”

58. “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.”

59. “When I look at the human brain, I’m still in awe of it.”

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60. “Through the use of books I had the whole world at my feet—could travel anywhere, meet anyone, and do anything.”

61. “Do what you have to do so that you can be what you want to be.”

62. “What is important, what I consider success, is that we make a contribution to our world.”

63. “We need to be on a war footing. We need to understand that our nation is in grave danger.”

64. “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.”

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65. “We need to be willing to stand up and speak up for what we believe.”

66. “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.”

67. “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.”

68. “I’m convinced that we all harvest the fruits of our labors.”

69. “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 Quotes on Goals and Change

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70. “By thinking big, we can transform our world.”

71. “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!”

72. “A good surgeon doesn’t just concentrate on technical ability, but also on the appropriateness of what you’re doing.”

73. “There is no job more important than parenting. This I believe.”

74. “Stop thinking of failing.”

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75. “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.”

76. “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.”

77. “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.”

78. “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.”

79. “When we are confronted by failure and mistakes, we can leave them behind and go on with our lives.”

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80. “Beware the abuse of power both by those we disagree with, as well as those we may agree with.”

81. “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.”

82. “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.”

83. “When I was 14, I tried to stab someone.”

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

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85. “It’s not what you do, but what kind of job you do that makes the difference.”

86. “We need to reorient people in terms of what real success is all about.”

87. “If we set our priority as ‘the removal of all risk,’ we’ll soon have sterile, stagnant, and unstimulating learning environments.”

88. “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.”

89. “We’re not planning for the future. If we continue to spend ourselves into oblivion, we are going to destroy this nation.”

Ben Carson Quotes on Unity and Society

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90. “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.”

91. “Uninformed people can be easily manipulated.”

92. “I don’t think really conservative or liberal; I think what makes sense.”

93. “Do not underestimate the importance of feeling special.”

94. “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.”

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95. “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.”

96. “I do not want to get rid of the safety net. I want to get rid of dependency.”

97. “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.”

98. “And I’ve always said, ‘If two people think the same thing about everything, one of them isn’t necessary.’ We need to be able to understand that if we’re going to make real progress.”

99. “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.”

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100. “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.”

101. “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.”

102. “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.”

103. “The key is to cut out the middleman and empower both doctor and patient with information about what things cost.”

104. “A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay.”

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105. “The outstanding doctor constantly emphasized the humanitarian aspect of medical care.”

106. “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.”

107. “Corporations are not in business to be social-welfare organizations; they are there to make money.”

108. “We should be concerned not only about the health of individual patients, but also the health of our entire society.”

109. “In order to have good healthcare, you need a patient and you need a healthcare provider.”

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110. “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.”

111. “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.”

112. “If we don’t get the military, right nothing else matters.”

113. “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.”

114. “We have much more in common with other people than we have apart.”

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115. “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.”

116. “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.”

117. “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.”

118. “Economics is not brain surgery.”

119. “We need to start thinking about the needs of the American people before we go and solve everybody else’s problems.”

Ben Carson Quotes on Life and the Power of Choice

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120. “You have the ability to choose which way you want to go.”

121. “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.”

122. “There’s no such thing as useless knowledge. You never know what doors it’s going to open up for you.”

123. “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.”

124. “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.”

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125. “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.”

126. “Reading is the way out of ignorance, and the road to achievement.”

127. “Use PMA: Positive Mental Attitude.”

128. “By reading so much, my vocabulary automatically improved along with my comprehension.”

129. “I think of success as reaching beyond ourselves and helping other people in specific ways.”

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130. “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.”

131. “Nobody else makes you fail.”

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

133. “If you hear how wonderful you are often enough, you begin to believe it, no matter how you try to resist it.”

134. “My favorite subject was recess. Fortunately for me, I had a mother who believed I was smart.”

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135. “I said Ted Cruz has been lying because if you say something that isn’t true, and you say it over and over again, and you know that it’s not true, there’s no other word for it.”

136. “Our children need to see and hear about more black role models in many fields so they can make better choices.”

137. “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.”

138. “Education does not necessarily make one wise.”

139. “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.”

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140. “I never had money for anything. But I will tell you what really works—books.”

141. “You have to try, you have to try everything you can.”

142. “People are simply not willing to look at their problems honestly and admit that they have problems.”

143. “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.”

144. “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.”

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145. “The point is, we can decry the dangers we face or ignore them or even allow ourselves to be paralyzed by fear.”

146. “Education is a fundamental principle of what made America a success. We can’t afford to throw any young people away.”

147. “People all over the nation are starved for honesty and common sense.”

148. “In our culture, security has become an obsession.”

149. “The thing that is probably most important is having a brain, and to be able to figure things out and learn things very rapidly.”

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150. “I could easily have decided that life was cruel—that being black meant everything was stacked against me.”

What’s Stopping You From Being the Best Version of Yourself?

Ben Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who’s credited to be the first one to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head. He has also been appointed previously by Donald Trump as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Looking at it now, it feels like Ben Carson has really reached the peak of his career.

However, it wasn’t always rainbows and sunshine. Getting to where he is now wasn’t a breeze, but that didn’t stop him from doing what he needed to do to be successful. He’s a living proof and a reminder that anybody—no matter how handicapped and destitute—can reach the pinnacle of success. The only thing required of him is to believe he can, and always—no matter the situation—take active, conscious steps towards achieving victory.

Did these Ben Carson quotes inspire you to work harder to achieve your goals? What’s your next step moving forward? Share which quotes had the most impact on you in the comments below.

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