49 Terrific Dale Carnegie Quotes

Dale Carnegie is one of the most iconic and influential writers and speakers in American history. He wrote the wildly popular book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, in 1936 and the novel still remains as relevant and talked about as ever. Here are a few of his many great quotes.

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

“It takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain — and most fools do.”

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

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

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


“Don’t be afraid to give your bets 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 tend to
take care of themselves.”

“Even God doesn’t propose to judge a man till his last days, why should you and I?”

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

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

“Fist ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen?”

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

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

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.”

“If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Actions breeds confidence and courage.”

“Knowledge isn’t power until it is applied.”

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be help at all.”

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

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

“Only the prepared speakers deserves to be confident.”

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

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

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”

“Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.”

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

“Take a chance! All life is a chance.”

“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.”

“The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure thing boat never gets far from shore.”

“The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.”

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

“To be interesting is to be interested.”

“When dealing with people remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”

“Winning friends begins with friendliness.”

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so.”

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


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