40 Transcending Og Mandino Quotes

Og Mandino, whose real name is Augustine, is the best selling author of The Greatest Salesman in the World. He served in the U.S Army during World War II and led over 25 bombing missions over Germany. After his time in the military he turned to insurance sales, where he learned some hard life lessons that inspired his best selling book. He sadly died in 1996 at the age of 72. Here is a collection of some of my favorite Og Mandino quotes for you to enjoy.

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

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

“Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.”

“Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.”

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

“Do all things with love.”


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

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

“I am convinced that the greatest legacy we can leave our children are happy memories: those precious moments so much like pebbles on the beach that are plucked from the white sand and placed in tiny boxes that lay undisturbed on tall shelves until one day they spill out and time repeats itself, with joy and sweet sadness, in the child now an adult.”

“I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.”

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

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

“I will persist until I succeed.”

“If I feel depressed I Will sing.”

“It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.”

“Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision of whining self pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease yor pain, cure your depression, and help you to put
in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat…Never take yourself too seriously.”

“Love is the greatest gift from God.”

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

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

“Never, in all of the seventy billion humans who have walked this planet since the beginning of time has there been anyone exactly like you.”

“Obstacles are necessary for success because victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Strive instead for happiness, to be loved and to love, and most important, to acquire peace of mind and serenity.”

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

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

“To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can.”

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

“Today I will be master of my emotions.”

“Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.”

“Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or not start at all.”

“Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.”

“True wealth is of the heart, not of the purse.”

“Victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.”

“Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.”

“Wealth, my son, should never be your goal in life. your words are eloquent but they are mere words.”

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

“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.”

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


In this Youtube video, Og Mandino is speaking about steps to success. It is a truly motivational and inspiring presentation by the late Mandino.

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