140 Og Mandino Quotes to Improve Your Quality of Life

These Og Mandino quotes are the greatest life lessons you’ll get from someone considered as “The Greatest Writer in the World”.

With his books selling out more than 36 million copies worldwide, he’s no doubt someone we can look up to when it comes to inspiration, love, wisdom, and self-help.

Our collection brings you 140 quotes that will help you change your life for the better. So, be sure you don’t miss out.

Start reading the full collection below.

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Best Og Mandino Quotes

Og Mandino Quotes on True Happiness

1. “Realize that true happiness lies within you.”

2. “Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed—its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”

3. “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”

4. “I will live this day as if it is my last. I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart—for why should I throw good after bad?”

Og Mandino Quotes About Happiness

5. “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”

6. “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 so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

7. “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.”

8. “Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.”

9. “Most humans, to varying degrees, are already dead. In one way or another, they have lost their dreams, their ambitions, their desire for a better life.”

Og Mandino Quotes - I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand.

10. “I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth, will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”

11. “Waste no time and effort searching for peace, and contentment, and joy in the world outside.”

12. “Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.”

13. “Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug.”

14. “Never feel shame for trying and failing, for he who never failed is he who never tried.”

Og Mandino Quotes - I will greet this day with love in my heart.

15. “I will greet this day with love in my heart.”

16. “A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms.”

17. “I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids.”

18. “Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when failure will succeed. I am not a failure.”

19. “Wealth should never be your goal in life. True wealth is of the heart, not of the purse.”

Og Mandino Quotes - Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions.

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 Quotes on the Importance of Today

21. “Today, I begin a new life.”

22. “If I waste today, I will destroy the last page of my life.”

23. “If I feel depressed, I will sing. If I feel sad, I will laugh. If I feel ill, I will double my labor. If I feel fear, I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior, I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain, I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty, I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent, I will remember past success. If I feel insignificant, I will remember my goals. Today, I will be a master of my emotions.”

24. “Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile!”

Og Mandino Quotes - I will not allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency.

25. “I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.”

26. “Experience is comparable to fashion; an action that proved successful today will be unworkable and impractical tomorrow.”

27. “Today, I shall give myself in sacrifice and work, for tomorrow I will have nothing to give and there will be none to receive.”

28. “No longer will I judge a man on one meeting; no longer will I fail to call again tomorrow on he who meets me with hate today.”

29. “It does not matter what others think. It is of prime importance, however, what you think about you.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Laugh

30. “Laugh at yourself and at life, not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy—a miracle drug—that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat.”

31. “Never take yourself too seriously.”

32. “Welcome every morning with a smile.”

33. “Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator—another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday.”

34. “I determine to render more and better service each day, than I am being paid to render. Those that reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what is required of them.”

Og Mandino Quotes on New Life

35. “To be always intending to make a new and better life, but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating, and drinking, and sleeping from one day to the next until you’re dead.”

36. “There are two kinds of discontented in this world—the discontented that works, and the discontented that wrings its hands.”

37. “Cherish each hour of this day for it can never return.”

38. “They are the living dead, and we have many of those among us—spending their days whining and complaining, and never making any attempt to change their lives for the better.”

39. “Time teaches all things to those who live forever, but I have not the luxury of eternity.”

Og Mandino Quotes - I will consider each day's effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak.

40. “I will consider each day’s effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak.”

41. “This too shall pass.”

42. “I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins.”

43. “There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.”

44. “He who worries about calamities suffers them twice over.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Mistakes

45. “Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Love and Happiness

46. “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.”

47. “Sooner or later, all mankind will realize that the greatest cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrow and crimes of humanity rests solely in acts of love.”

48. “To each and every one of us, love gives us the power to work miracles with your own life and those we touch.”

49. “Do all things with love.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Being Happy

50. “So long as I have something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for, I shall be happy.”

51. “And most of all, I will love myself. For when I do, I will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart.”

52. “Love all manners of men for each has qualities to be admired even though they are hidden.”

53. “With love, I will tear down the wall of suspicion and hate which they have built round their hearts and in its place, will I build bridges so that my love may enter their souls.”

54. “I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Goals

55. “But be careful not to let yourself slip into the situation where your goals concern only your business or making money. Think of your marriage, your children, and your friends as important areas in which to improve your life.”

56. “Never neglect the little things.”

57. “I am convinced that the greatest legacy we can leave our children are happy memories.”

58. “It may be praiseworthy and noble to sacrifice your life to a cause or a business or the happiness of others, but if you are miserable and unfulfilled in that lifestyle and know it, then to remain in it is a hypocrisy, a lie, and a rejection of the faith placed in you by your creator.”

59. “Failure, like pain, is alien to my life. In the past, I accepted it as I accepted pain. Now I reject it and I am prepared for wisdom and principles which will guide me out of the shadows into the sunlight of wealth, position, and happiness.”

Og Mandino Quotes - A good many of our higher-bracket businessmen might have been just as rich, just as powerful.

60. “A good many of our higher-bracket businessmen might have been just as rich, just as powerful; but more respected and infinitely happier, if they had taken the slower and longer road of absolute ethical integrity and moral decency.”

61. “To have a happy family is to enjoy an earlier heaven.”

62. “Treasure the friendship you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.”

63. “Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy, and envy.”

64. “And so long as I can laugh, never will I be poor.”

Og Mandino Quotes About God

65. “Let us enjoy the smiling faces of as many children of God as we can, while we are able to see them.”

66. “So many of us think ourselves into smallness—into inferiority—by thinking downward. We are held back by too much caution. We are timid about venturing. We are not bold enough. Struck down by our own caution, our own lack of faith in ourselves and our abilities.”

67. “You may work grudgingly or you may work gratefully; you may work as a human or you may work as a robot.”

68. “There is no work so rude that you may not exalt in it; no work so demeaning that you cannot breathe soul into it; no work so dull that you may not enliven it.”

69. “God is not our navigator. It was never His intention to chart a course for each of us and thus place us all under His bondage. Instead, He bestowed each of us with intellect, and talent, and vision to map our own way—to write our own Book of Life in any manner we choose.”

Og Mandino Quotes - Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as by self-examination.

70. “Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.”

71. “Without enthusiasm, you are doomed to a life of mediocrity. But with it, you can accomplish miracles.”

72. “The thoughtless, the ignorant, and the indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of luck, of fortune, and chance.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Cultivating Good Habits

73. “Only a habit can subdue another habit.”

74. “The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.”

Og Mandino Quotes About Habits

75. “In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits.”

76. “Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus, the first law I will obey, which precedes all others— is I will form good habits and become their slave.”

77. “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

78. “For when an act becomes easy through constant repetition, it becomes a pleasure to perform; and if it is a pleasure to perform, it is man’s nature to perform it often. When I perform it often, it becomes a habit and I become its slave; and since it is a good habit, this is my will.”

79. “As a child, I was a slave to my impulses; now I am a slave to my habits, as are all grown men.”

Og Mandino Quotes About Actions

80. “My actions are ruled by appetite, passion, prejudice, greed, love, fear, environment, habit—and the worst of these tyrants is habit.”

81. “Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do.”

82. “Take the attitude of a student—never be too big to ask questions, never knows too much to learn something new.”

83. “Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals.”

84. “No one wins them all; and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth.”

Og Mandino Quotes - Even the most tedious chore will become endurable.

85. “Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your dreams.”

86. “My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.”

87. “Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day.”

88. “Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it.”

89. “It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality.”

Og Mandino Quotes - Only action determines my value in the marketplace, and to multiply my value, I will multiply my actions.

90. “Only action determines my value in the marketplace, and to multiply my value, I will multiply my actions.”

91. “Work is not your enemy, but your friend.”

92. “How you work, not what you do, determines the course of your life.”

93. “When we were given dominion over the world, we were also given dominion over ourselves.”

94. “Poverty may be a privilege and even a way of life for the monk in the desert for he has only himself to sustain and none but his god to please, but I consider poverty to be the mark of lack of ability or lack of ambition. I am not deficient in either of these qualities!”

95. “Competition will always place your life in the hands of others, while initiative gives you the freedom to choose your own destiny.”

96. “What you wish can only be accomplished by changing one person at a time.”

97. “Never will I overindulge the requests of my flesh. Rather, I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Victory and Achievements

98. “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.”

99. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Obstacles

100. “Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.”

101. “Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day.”

102. “The secret of success is to triple your rate of failure.”

103. “The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.”

104. “Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is the highway to success.”

Og Mandino Quotes - I will persist until I succeed.

105. “I will persist until I succeed. I will always take another step. If that is of no avail, I will take another, and yet another.”

106. “Often it is not the wrong start, but the wrong stop, that makes the difference between success and failure.”

107. “Success is not something that must be deserved or earned. It is more an inherent right—an inherent responsibility.”

108. “The only qualification for success is that you be you—that you utilize whatever combination of talent you possess to the fullest extent possible.”

109. “Very often, we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness.”

Og Mandino Quotes - I would rather try to succeed and fail.

110. “I would rather try to succeed and fail, than try to do nothing and succeed.”

111. “No one else can live your life for you. No one else can succeed for you!”

112. “A new book is very much like a child. Sooner or later, it must go out into the world and succeed or fail on its own; usually leaving behind one or two loving people filled with concern and guilt and wondering if they had truly done all they could have to prepare their issue for the cruel marketplace of life.”

113. “The rewards are great if one succeeds, but the rewards are great only because so few succeed.”

114. “You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities.”

Og Mandino Quotes - You are special. Act it.

115. “You are special. Act it.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Progress and Moving Forward

116. “Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.”

117. “Opportunities? There were many. But always there was risk. Do we dare? We vacillate. Time hurries by. Opportunity gone. We anguish. The years roll on. Finally, we convince ourselves that it’s too late and settle for cheap imitations of life.”

118. “Each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability, and your confidence; and thus, each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better or to quit.”

119. “Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.”

Og Mandino Quotes - Avoid with fury the killers of time.

120. “Avoid with fury the killers of time.”

121. “Writing, I am convinced, is the least appreciated of all the creative arts.”

122. “Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up a fault-finding business.”

123. “For he is not poor who has little; only he that desires much, and true security lies not in the things one has, but in the things one can do without.”

124. “Men don’t fail; they give up trying.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Keep Trying

125. “You live in a world making excuses for their failure because it is easier to quit than to keep trying.”

126. “Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm.”

127. “Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning.”

128. “Wealth, like a tree, grows from a tiny seed.”

129. “I am the end product of thousands of years of evolution; therefore, I am better equipped in both mind and body than all the emperors and wise men who preceded me.”

Og Mandino Quotes - The prizes of life are at the end of each journey.

130. “The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.”

131. “To have goals without a plan and a time limit was as useless as having no goals at all.”

132. “Within me burns a flame which has been passed from generations uncounted, and its heat is a constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am, and I will.”

133. “I will become a firefly; and even in the day, my glow will be seen in spite of the sun. Let others be as butterflies who preen their wings ,yet depend on the charity of a flower for life.”

134. “Women have their roots in the ground, and often those roots are starved and ravaged, yet there is not a human alive who cannot reach and touch, with her fingers, the very top of God’s rainbow.”

Og Mandino Quotes - Let others build a cave with their clay.

135. “Let others build a cave with their clay. I will build a castle with mine.”

136. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve.”

137. “Wealth is good when it brings joy to others.”

138. “Everyone should be wealthy, if only for a day, so that each might realize that being rich is not the ideal condition that most believe it is.”

139. “You have shown no knowledge or appreciation of your uniqueness. Yet, you are the rarest thing in the world.”

Og Mandino Quotes on Never Looking Back

140. “Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long.”

Are You Ready to Turn Your Life Around With These Og Mandino Quotes?

Even though he had already passed, Og Mandino is still the most widely-read inspirational and self-help author in the world. He told his own personal story about how he hit rock bottom and what he did to move forward from that and become the success that he was. Through his works and his speeches, Og Mandino touched the lives of millions across the globe—proving that everyone can succeed and start anew if he just pushes through.

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