Napoleon Hill Quotes
Here’s What You Will Find on This Page
- Four videos about success based on Napoleon Hill quotes.
- The quotes I used for each video.
- A collection of Napoleon Hill quotes.
- Some links with additional Napoleon Hill resources.
- A short bio about Napoleon Hill.
- A few personal observations about why I like Napoleon Hill, what I learned from him, and why I included his work in this website.
Who is Napoleon Hill?
Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) is one the most recognizable figures in self-help, self-improvement, and personal development. He is the author of “Think and Grow Rich,” the 1937 classic that remains at or near the top of any success seeker’s reading list.
Arguably, he is the “great granddaddy” of the success field. His work has sparked more success than any other author of success and personal development.
Virtually everyone who teaches principles of success owes a debt of gratitude and a tip of the hat to Napoleon Hill.
Oliver Napoleon Hill was born into poverty in Pound, Virginia. His mother, Sara, died when he was 9.
At the age of 13, he became a “mountain reporter” for small-town newspapers. Hill eventually became a lawyer, journalist, and America’s most beloved and revered success author.
In 1908, Hill interviewed Andrew Carnegie, the richest man of his era. Hill, a young journalist, was writing a series of articles about famous and successful achievers.
The young man impressed Carnegie. On the spot, the steel magnate offered Hill the opportunity to research and write a comprehensive success formula.
To this end, Carnegie introduced Hill to over 500 other successful men and women. Hill researched this project for 20 years before he made any money as a direct result of Carnegie’s commission.
Twenty-nine years after his fateful meeting with Andrew Carnegie, Hill published “Think and Grow Rich.” Although some of the passages are dated, it remains a cornerstone of self-help, self-improvement, and personal development.
Why? It is right on the mark.
And many, many millionaires in the last three generations attribute “Think and Grow Rich” as the book that launched their fortunes. W. Clement Stone, who read the book when it was first published, is one of these success stories.
In 1925, Hill published “Law of Success.” Hill also wrote a series of home study courses including the seventeen-volume “Mental Dynamite” published in 1941.
From 1952-1962, Hill taught his “Philosophy of Personal Achievement” with W. Clement Stone. The two co-authored “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” in 1960.
Publishing industry sources cite “Think and Grow Rich” as the sixth best-selling paperback in business book history. It remains the all-time bestseller of success and motivational literature and the 1937 edition is now in the public domain.
Why I Like Napoleon Hill, What I’ve Learned from Him, and Why I Included Him in this Website
I like Napoleon Hill because he was so thorough. He spent 29 years researching “Think and Grow Rich.”
I must admit, I did not know this until I attended a “sell-a-thon” of various speakers presenting their programs. A lady was promoting her “write an e-book in a weekend” consulting package.
She noted that Napoleon Hill took 29 years to write “Think and Grow Rich.” Then she exclaimed “Imagine all the money he would have made in those 29 years if he had not taken so long!”
And I thought “If he was in that kind of rush, it wouldn’t be ‘Think and Grow Rich.'” Quite likely, it would not be the classic it is today.
There is a time for speed and a time for thoroughness. Have the wisdom to know which is which.
Here’s what I learned from Napoleon Hill: A growing and evolving awareness of the principles upon which the motivated build a fortune.
I can’t point to one single thing because what I learn grows as I do. So the insight I gain today is different from what I will gain tomorrow.
However, here is the most recent at this writing:
- Your greatest success lies just beyond your most dismal failure. That’s why the faint of heart don’t make it big.
- What persistence really does is build money consciousness. That’s why the money arrives in bunches when it finally arrives.
- No one can short-circuit the Law of Economics. The beginning of financial ruin is when you try to get more and do less.
I read Napoleon Hill with the same expectation as I listen to Beethoven. You always get something you missed previously.
The reason I included Napoleon Hill is simple. If someone carved a “Mt. Rushmore” of success teachers, how could anyone not include Napoleon Hill?
Video #1 – Napoleon Hill Quotes: Burning Desire Attracts Success
In the first video, I use four Napoleon Hill quotes about “burning desire.” This term, well-known to three generations of wealth seekers, is the seminal idea of Hill’s writing.
A burning desire is the seed that grows into success and money.
Here are the quotes in this video:
- The starting point of all achievement is desire.
- When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
- 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.
- Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
- Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win – essential to success.
Video #2 – Napoleon Hill Quotes: Overcome Failure and Succeed
If you’ve ever experienced what some call “failure,” Napoleon Hill points out that we can’t reach success except through failure. And that failure is actually the harbinger of success.
In this video, I outline a reality of your success journey and why what some call “failure” is not really failure at all.
Here are the quotes in this video:
- Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.
- No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
- Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
- Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.
Video #3 – Napoleon Hill Quotes: Achieve Your Goals
You have heard about the power of persistence. In this video, I outline some of Napoleon Hill’s thoughts on the subject.
Here’s what persistence really does for you and why persistence is necessary to achieve and maintain success.
Here are the quotes in this video:
- The battle is all over except the “shouting” when one knows what is wanted and has made up his mind to get it, whatever the price may be.
- Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
- Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
- It is always your next move.
Video #4 – Napoleon Hill Quotes: Attract Lucky Breaks
In this final video, I compile four Napoleon Hill quotes about “lucky breaks.” Hill really did know that you can “think and grow rich.” As a result, his writings reveal how to make your own good luck.
Here are the quotes in this video:
- There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.
- 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.
- Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it.
- All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.
- 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.
Napoleon Hill Quotes
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.
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.
Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.
Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win – essential to success.
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.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it.
It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served.
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.
One must marry one’s feelings to one’s beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one’s life.
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.
The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.
The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.
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.
Understand this law and you will then know, beyond room for the slightest doubt, that you are constantly punishing yourself for every wrong you commit and rewarding yourself for every act of constructive conduct in which you indulge.
We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted.
You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.
Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.
You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.
Action is the real measure of intelligence.
Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.
Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.
Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.
Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.
Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water’s edge.
It is always your next move.
It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.
It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.
Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.
Money without brains is always dangerous.
More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth.
Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.
No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person’s enemies say about him.
No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.
Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
The battle is all over except the shouting when one knows what is wanted and has made up his mind to get it, whatever the price may be.
The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself.
The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.
The starting point of all achievement is desire.
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.
Think and grow rich.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.
War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
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.
When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.
You give before you get.
Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.
Temporary defeat should mean only one thing, the certain knowledge that there is something wrong with your plan.
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