Horatio Alger Jr. wrote more than 100 books targeting young, working class American men to help them learn how to lead exemplary lives. His first book, Ragged Dick, was published in 1867 and presented an honest young spendthrift named Dick who would go on to achieve the American Dream. In the 1930’s and ’40’s, Alger’s work was called propaganda for celebrating “capitalist markets.” Critics insisted that “in the United States, any poor boy with patience and an unwavering commitment to hard work can become a dazzling success.”
So, 150 years later and in honor of our preference to digest snack-sized media, we at WOAF have collected a few simple lines from successful people that may prove Alger’s critics correct. And if not, here’s to hoping that an action as small as reading a one-line quotation can propel us to wondrous things.
“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” –Dale Carnegie
“Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand.” –Bruce Barton
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”
– Thomas J. Watson
“The successful always has a number of projects planned, to which he looks forward. Anyone of them could change the course of his life overnight.” –Mark Caine
“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
Pity the man who inherits a million and isn’t a millionaire.Here’s what would be pitiful,if your income grew and you didn’t. — Jim Rohn
“The great successful men of the world have used their imagination…they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.” — Robert Collier
“Success doesn’t come to you…you go to it.”Marva Collins
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” — Mario Andretti – race car driver
“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.” — Charles Kendall Adams
“My list of ingredients for success is divided into four basic groups: Inward, Outward, Upward and Onward.” — David Thomas
“A stumble may prevent a fall.” — English Proverb
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