150 Dale Carnegie Quotes

This is the ultimate collection of Dale Carnegie quotes that will serve as your key pointers to success. That’s why if you’re needing a little nudge to take that next step forward—that next chance—this might be a good read for you.

This is a collection of 150 inspirational lines which are compiled from his lectures and best-selling books like How to Win Friends and Influence People, Lincoln the Unknown, and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.

Check out the full list below.

Best Dale Carnegie Quotes

1. “Our thoughts make us what we are.”

2. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

3. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”

4. “When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us—power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.”

5. “Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.”

6. “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.”

7. “Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, ‘I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.’”

8. “Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.”

9. “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

10. “Everybody in the world is seeking happiness, and there is one sure way to find it—that is by controlling your thoughts.”

11. “Even God doesn’t propose to judge a man till his last days, why should you and I?”

12. “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

13. “Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.”

14. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

15. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

16. “If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want to be.”

17. “Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”

18. “Knowledge isn’t power until it is applied.”

19. “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”

20. “Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.”

Dale Carnegie Quotes on Having a Positive Outlook on Life

21. “The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.”

22. “No matter what happens, always be yourself.”

23. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”

24. “One of the tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.”

25. “To be interesting, be interested.”

26. “Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember, life is too short to be little.”

27. “Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration, and resentment.”

28. “Today is our most precious possession. It is our only sure possession.”

29. “You can sing only what you are. You can paint only what you are. You must be what your experiences, your environment, and your heredity have made you. For better or for worse, you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of life.”

30. “By fighting, you never get enough; but by yielding, you get more than you expected.”

31. “Once I did bad, and that I heard ever. Twice I did good, but that I heard never.”

32. “When fate hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

33. “We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”

34. “The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.”

35. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.”

36. “If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

37. “Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”

38. “The world is full of people who are grabbing and self-seeking. So the rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage.”

39. “The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.”

40. “You are going to survive, and good things are going to start to happen again. And one day, you are going to look back and this will not even be such a bad thing.”

41. “First ask yourself, ‘What is the worst that can happen?’ Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.”

42. “If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”

43. “Today is life—the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”

44. “Had the blues because I had no shoes, until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.”

45. “The most relaxing recreating forces are a healthy religion, sleep, music, and laughter. Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love good music, see the funny side of life, and health and happiness will be yours.”

46. “To change somebody’s behavior, change the level of respect she receives by giving her a fine reputation to live up to. Act as though the trait you are trying to influence is already one of the person’s outstanding characteristics.”

47. “Think and thank—think of all we have to be grateful for, and thank God for all our boons and bounties.”

48. “Live an active life among people who are doing worthwhile things—keep eyes, and ears, and mind, and heart open to absorb truth; and then tell of the things you know, as if you know them. The world will listen, for the world loves nothing so much as real life.”

49. “The first sign of greatness is when a man does not attempt to look and act great.”

50. “You can dramatize your ideas in business or in any other aspect of your life. It’s easy.”

51. “By becoming interested in the cause, we are less likely to dislike the effect.”

52. “Always avoid the acute angle.”

53. “Action springs out of what we fundamentally desire.”

54. “Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.”

55. “The person who has technical knowledge plus the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people—that person is headed for higher earning power.”

56. “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”

57. “Encouragement is a much more effective teaching device than punishment.”

58. “Those who do not know how to fight worry die young.”

59. “Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart—live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”

60. “Every day is a new life to a wise man.”

61. “Never be bothered by what people say, as long as you know in your heart you are right.”

62. “When we have accepted the worst, we have nothing more to lose; and that automatically means we have everything to gain!”

63. “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

64. “Count your blessings—not your troubles!”

Dale Carnegie Quotes on Philosophy and the Importance of Things

65. “Two men looked out from prison bars—one saw the mud, the other saw stars.”

66. “If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.”

67. “One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.”

68. “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”

69. “You can’t win an argument. You can’t, because if you lose it, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it.”

70. “If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.”

71. “Why talk about what we want? That is childish—absurd. Of course, you are interested in what you want. You are eternally interested in it. But no one else is. The rest of us are just like you—we are interested in what we want.”

72. “Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one, it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”

73. “You’ll never achieve real success unless you like what you’re doing.”

74. “Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.”

75. “If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work in the world has been done against seeming impossibilities.”

76. “When the fierce, burning winds blow over our lives and we cannot prevent them, let us, too, accept the inevitable. And then, get busy and pick up the pieces.”

77. “If you tell me how you get your feeling of importance, I’ll tell you what you are.”

78. “Think of your life as an hourglass.”

79. “Feeling sorry for yourself and your present condition is not only a waste of energy, but the worst habit you could possibly have.”

80. “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.”

81. “We are gods in the chrysalis.”

82. “Action seems to follow feeling, but really, action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.”

83. “That is what every successful person loves—the game, the chance for self-expression, the chance to prove his or her worth, to excel, to win.”

84. “The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping.”

85. “If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.”

86. “The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don’t like their rules, whose would you use?”

87. “It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.”

88. “Happiness does not depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.”

89. “There are always three speeches for every one you actually gave—the one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.”

90. “Praise is like sunlight to the warm human spirit; we cannot flower and grow without it. And yet, while most of us are only too ready to apply to others the cold wind of criticism, we are somehow reluctant to give our fellow the warm sunshine of praise.”

91. “It was necessary to bait the hook to suit the fish.”

92. “For every ailment under the sun, there is a remedy, or there is none. If there is one, try to find it. If there be none, never mind it.”

93. “One of the worst features about worrying is that it destroys our ability to concentrate.”

94. “Confusion is the main cause of worry.”

95. “It has been said that nearly all of our worries and unhappiness come from our imagination, and not from reality.”

96. “Save someone’s face once and your influence with him rises. Save his face every time you can, and there is practically nothing he won’t do for you.”

97. “It is an interesting paradox that the more you surrender the credit for something you’ve done, the more memorable you become, and the more you actually end up receiving credit.”

98. “Give honest and sincere appreciation.”

99. “Don’t do the natural thing or the impulsive thing. That is usually wrong.”

100. “There you are, human nature in action—wrongdoers, blaming everybody but themselves. We are all like that.”

101. “If you believe you will fail, there is no hope for you. You will.”

102. “Very important people have told me that they prefer good listeners to good talkers, but the ability to listen seems rarer than almost any other good trait.”

103. “The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on your gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses. That requires intelligence; and it makes the difference between a man of sense and a fool.”

104. “Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit.”

Dale Carnegie Quotes on Building Relationships

105. “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, for your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

106. “Names are the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

107. “I have come to the conclusion that there is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument—and that is to avoid it. Avoid it as you would avoid rattlesnakes and earthquakes.”

108. “The next time we are tempted to admonish somebody, let’s pull a five-dollar bill out of our pocket, look at Lincoln’s picture on the bill, and ask, ‘How would Lincoln handle this problem if he had it?’”

109. “Always have something to say. The man who has something to say and who is known never to speak unless he has, is sure to be listened to.”

110. “All men have fears, but the brave put down their fears and go forward—sometimes to death, but always to victory.”

111. “You can measure the size of a person by what makes him or her angry.”

112. “Instead of condemning people, let’s try to understand them. Let’s try to figure out why they do what they do.”

113. “To know all is to forgive all.”

114. “Let’s never try to get even with our enemies because if we do, we will hurt ourselves far more than we hurt them.”

115. “Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment.”

116. “If you want to keep happiness, you have to share it!”

117. “If you argue, and rankle, and contradict, you may achieve a victory sometimes; but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent’s good will.”

118. “Arouse in the other person an eager want. He who can do this has the whole world with him. He who cannot walks a lonely way.”

119. “Winning friends begins with friendliness.”

120. “The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back.”

121. “We are interested in others when they are interested in us.”

122. “Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself.”

123. “People who can put themselves in the place of other people, who can understand the workings of their minds, need never worry about what the future has in store for them.”

124. “The only way I can get you to do anything is by giving you what you want.”

125. “I shall pass this way but once; any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

126.“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

127. “The secret of his success? ‘I will speak ill of no man,’ he said, ‘And speak all the good I know of everybody.’”

128. “Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself.”

129. “Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, ‘You’re wrong.’”

130. “Begin in a friendly way.”

131. “Get the other person saying, ‘yes,’ yes immediately.”

132. “Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.”

133. “If you want enemies, excel your friends; but if you want friends, let your friends excel you.”

134. “Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.”

135. “Remember that other people may be totally wrong, but they don’t think so.”

136. “Whenever you go out-of-doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every handclasp.”

137. “A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.”

138. “There is only one excuse for a speaker asking the attention of his audience—he must have either truth or entertainment for them.”

139. “To be genuinely interested in other people is a most important quality for a salesperson to possess—for any person, for that matter.”

140. “Hurting a man in his dignity is a crime.”

141. “Always make the other person feel important.”

142. “If we want to make friends, let’s put ourselves out to do things for other people—things that require time, energy, unselfishness, and thoughtfulness.”

143. “Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.”

144. “I judge people by their own principles—not by my own.”

145. “It never hurts a fool to appear before an audience, for his capacity is not a capacity for feeling.”

146. “Become meaningful in your interactions, and the path to success in any endeavor is simpler and far more sustainable.”

147. “Tomorrow, you may want to persuade somebody to do something. Before you speak, pause, and ask yourself, ‘How can I make this person want to do it?’”

148. “It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash, and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.”

149. “My mother always said two people can’t fight if one person doesn’t want to.”

150. “The average person is more interested in his or her own name than in all the other names on earth put together.”

Which of These Dale Carnegie Quotes Brought Out Your Personal Bests?

From humble beginnings, Dale Carnegie became one of the most famous self-help lecturers and writers in America. Carnegie’s keys to success were simple: conquer your worries, take a chance and always keep trying, and love your work. These lessons point us to the right direction—to the secrets of enjoying life, which in turn, will bring us to our personal victories.

Did these quotes help you have a more positive outlook on life? Which of these made you acknowledge your skills and abilities? Let us know in the comments section below.

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