Pessimism has never done anything but tear down and destroy what optimism has built up.
Other Orison Swett Marden quotes:
Nothing that the mind of man can conceive is impossible.
Find your purpose and fling your life out to it. Find a way or make one. Try with all your might. Self-made or never made.
Most men fail, not through lack of education or agreeable personal qualities, but from lack of dogged determination, from lack of dauntless will.
We lend power to the things we fear by the inexorable law that like attracts like.
Laughter brightens the eye, increases the perspiration, expands the chest, forces the poisoned air from the least- used lung cells, and tends to restore that exquisite poise or balance which we call health.
The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably thought and act.
Let your air be that of a winner, of a man who is resolved to make his way in the world - to make himself stand for something.
Don't be afraid to think too highly of yourself. If the Creator made you and is not ashamed of the job, certainly you should not be. He pronounced His work good, and you should respect it.
The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action.
Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.