57 Best Dale Carnegie Quotes

By Angelo Sorbello | Quotes

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Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) was a writer, lecturer, and creator of famous self-improvement courses, corporate training, interpersonal relationship management, and public speaking skills.

Born in Missouri from an impoverished family, he is the author of the bestseller ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People,’ whose first edition got published in 1936, and subsequently reprinted all over the world.

In his books, which are always very current, Dale Carnegie teaches us that we must believe in our own potential if we really want to achieve something in life.

Its path is the example. As a boy, he had to wake up at dawn to take care of the animals and clean up the stable before going to school. His family was destitute and had many debts. Despite his sacrificed life, Dale managed to finish his studies with excellent results and also to attend college.

His first job was as a seller of courses for farmers; then he became a salesman for Armor & Company, a large Chicago slaughterhouse company; later he followed an acting class at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and returned to Missouri after its trial to become an actor.

Finally, he became a teacher, while in the meantime, he began writing his first books and in 1912 he founded an institution: Dale Carnegie Training.

Today this foundation counts among its clients 400 of the 500 largest American companies, classified by the magazine “Fortune.”

Best Dale Carnegie Quotes

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that we all tend to put life aside. We are all dreaming of the magical rose garden beyond the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. “

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“Criticism is like a carrier pigeon: it always returns where it started from.”

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“Act as if you were already happy and that will tend to make you happy”

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

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“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”

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

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“For better or worse, you must play your own instrument in the orchestra of life.”

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“For better or worse, you must play your own instrument in the orchestra of life.”

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“Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don’t put off being happy until some future date.”

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“If some people are so hungry for a feeling of importance that they actually go insane to get it, imagine what miracle you and I can achieve by giving people honest appreciation this side of insanity.”

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

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

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“Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.”

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“Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still.”

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“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.”

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“Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic”

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“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.”

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

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“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 the happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”

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“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.”

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“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude”

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

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“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

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

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“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.”

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“When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.”

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“To be interesting, be interested.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”

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

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

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“Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism – and wars.”

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“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire”

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“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.”

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“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed possible”

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“Tell the audience what you’re going to say, say it; then tell them what you’ve said.”

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“Remember happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think”

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“Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.”

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“There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.”

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“You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.”

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“You are merely not feeling equal to the tasks before you.”

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

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“Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”

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“Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.”

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“Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”

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

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“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.”

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“If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.”

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

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“The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.”

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

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“There is only one way… To get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.”

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“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.

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“The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.”

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“We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.”

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About the Author

Angelo Sorbello is an Entrepreneur and Growth Marketer. He started his first online business at 13 years old, and without any considerable marketing budget, he later sold it after having signed partnerships and contracts with companies such as Microsoft, DigitalBros, and 888. He now focuses on helping his other companies and budding entrepreneurs and marketers to grow their business and get results.

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