It is the ship at the wharf, not the ship at sea, that rots fastest.
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 of us are at war with ourselves, are our own worst enemies. We expect a great deal of ourselves, yet we do not put ourselves in a condition to achieve great things. We are either too indulgent to our bodies, or we are not indulgent enough.
We lend power to the things we fear by the inexorable law that like attracts like.
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.
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.
Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes through your hands. Stamp it with your manhood. Let superiority be your trademark, let it characterize everything you touch.
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.