Napoleon Hill Quotes

65+ Napoleon Hill Quotes to Inspire Success and Purpose in Life

Napoleon Hill was an American writer, self-help author, and was best known for being the “Father of Personal Success” with his best-selling book, Think and Grow Rich. Although he is one of the earliest producers of self-help and the idea that our thoughts can become our reality, he is also considered to be the most famous conman in history. 

Born and raised in Virginia, Napoleon was a rebel and got in trouble with a pistol once. By the time he was 15 years old, he was writing and working for a newspaper in a small town. His writing was full of imagination and he mentioned once that when the news was slow, he would just make up stories. His big break came when he interviewed Andrew Carnegie, who commissioned him to meet with millionaires and figure out their success formula. He met with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Woodrow Wilson, John D. Rockefeller, Theodore Roosevelt, and so many more….or so he says. 

Thorough research has been done about Hill and not only did his claim about Carnegie not come to be until after Carnegie’s death, but Carnegie’s biographer found no evidence that he and Hill ever met. In fact, there is no evidence to support his claims of meeting these successful, wealthy men because his writings of these interviews were conveniently and suspiciously “burned” in a building fire. 

His study of success resulted in The Philosophy of Achievement, in which he emphasized freedom, democracy, capitalism, and harmony. He discussed his belief in that fear and selfishness were the reasons of failure. As his most influential book, Think and Grow Rich was a self-help book with the belief that if you think about and visualize the things you want most in life, these things will be delivered to you. He became a successful person through confidence and the habit and thought of visualization. Still, there was a weakness behind it all, with depression and loneliness. 

His personal life was a bit hasty too. He was married to Edith Whitman for five years and had two young children. Edith filed for divorce after he took their young daughter and threatened to leave her [Edith] alone with their newborn. She also claimed he treated her with disrespect, cruelty, the constant threat of violence, and infidelity with prostitutes. In 1910, he married Florence Elizabeth Horner, a high school student from a wealthy family, and she became the mother of three of his kids. They also divorced and then in 1936, he met a woman in Tennessee who–Rosa Lee Beeland–and they married in less than 48 hours of knowing each other. She helped him work on his most famous book, Think and Grow Rich. 

Despite his fraudulent behavior and whether or not everyone believed in him and what he claimed, the book was a huge success. With that being said, here are some inspirational quotes and ideas from Napoleon Hill and his writing on success, defeat, the power of our mind, and more.

Napoleon Hill Quotes

Napoleon Quotes on Success and Defeat 

“Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.”

“Most great people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”

Success comes to those who become success conscious.” 

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others succeed.”

Success is good at any age, but the sooner you find it, the longer you will enjoy it.” 

“Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.”

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”

“Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.” 

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

“Both success and failure are largely the results of habit!”

“A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.”

“Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”

“Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.”

“Successful men become successful only because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of success.”

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once again toward your coveted goal.”

“Everyone faces defeat. It may be a stepping-stone or a stumbling block, depending on the mental attitude with which it is faced.”

“The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and never the result of selfishness.”

Napoleon Quotes on Habit, Setting Goals, and Hard Work

“Tell me how you use your spare time, and how you spend your money, and I will tell you where and what you will be in ten years from now.”

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”

“The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.” 

“The more you give, the more comes back to you.”

“The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.”

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”

“When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”

“Action is the real measure of intelligence.”

“Plan your work and work your plan.”

“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done yesterday.”

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.”

“An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others.”

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.” 

“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.” 

“Deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to think and act on building the life you desire.”

“You give before you get.”

“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.” 

“I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself.”

“Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.”

“The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.”

“There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.”

Napoleon Quotes on Positivity and Thoughts

“Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” 

Life reflects your own thoughts back to you.” 

“Keep you mind fixed on what you want in life: not on what you don’t want.” 

“You can think your way into or out of almost any circumstance, good or bad.”

“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct, and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”

“A positive mind finds a way it can be done; A negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done.”

“If you do not see great riches in your imagination, you will never see them in your bank balance.”

“Remember that your dominating thoughts attract, through a definite law of nature, by the shortest and most convenient route, their physical counterpart. Be careful what your thoughts dwell upon.”

“Any ideas, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”

“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.”

“You become what you think about.”

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” 

“When you have talked yourself into what you want, right there is the place to stop talking and begin saying it with deeds.”

“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.”

“No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.”

“Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it.”

“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”

“There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief.”

“It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind.”

“Man may become the master of himself, and of his environment because he has the power to influence his own subconscious mind, and through it, gain the cooperation of Infinite Intelligence.”

“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”

“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.”

For Further Reading: 

Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

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