139+ Best Earl Nightingale Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Earl Nightingale was an American radio speaker and author, dealing mostly with the subjects of human character development, motivation, and meaningful existence. Profoundly inspirational Earl Nightingale quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Earl Nightingale Quotes

We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret. – Earl Nightingale

All you have to do is know where you’re going. The answers will come to you of their own accord. – Earl Nightingale

Don’t concern yourself with the money. Be of service build work dream create! Do this and you’ll find there is no limit to the prosperity and abundance that will come to you. – Earl Nightingale

As in all successful ventures, the foundation of a good retirement is planning. – Earl Nightingale

Never compete, create. – Earl Nightingale

People are where they are because that is exactly where they really want to be – whether they will admit that or not. – Earl Nightingale

Do each day all that can be done that day. You don’t need to overwork or to rush blindly into your work trying to do the greatest possible number of things in the shortest possible time. Don’t try to do tomorrow’s or next week’s work today. It’s not the number of things you do, but the quality, the efficiency of each separate action that count. To achieve this habit of success, you need only to focus on the most important tasks and succeed in each small task of each day. – Earl Nightingale

Now, if you want to get rich, you have only to produce a product or service that will give people greater use value than the price you charge for it. How rich you get will be determined by the number of people to whom you can sell the product or service. – Earl Nightingale

The paradox is that exactly the reverse is true. Everything that’s really worthwhile in life came to us free, our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends and country. All these priceless possessions are free. But the things that cost us money are actually very cheap and can be replaced at any time. A good man can be completely wiped out and make another fortune. He can do that several times. Even if our home burns down, we can rebuild it. But the things we got for nothing; we can never replace. – Earl Nightingale

No man can get rich himself unless he enriches others. – Earl Nightingale

Remember: Jobs are owned by the company; you own your #‎ career! – Earl Nightingale

Getting rich or becoming outstanding at anything is all a matter of attitude. You must make up your mind once and for all – you commit yourself – and then just stay with it until you finally have what you set out to get. – Earl Nightingale

Picture yourself in your mind’s eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you’ll be doing when you’ve reached your goal. – Earl Nightingale

Everything that’s really worthwhile in life comes to us free – our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our intelligence, our love of family and friends and country. All of these priceless possessions are free. – Earl Nightingale

Achievement requires more than a vision – it takes courage, resolve and tenacity. All you have got to do is plant that seed in your mind, care for it, work steadily toward your goal, and it will become a reality – Earl Nightingale

To become successful and outstanding at something, we don’t have to come up with something new; we need only find ways of doing it better. – Earl Nightingale

A single thought can revolutionize your life as it did mine. A single thought can make you rich or it can land you in prison for the rest of your life. – Earl Nightingale

The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment. – Earl Nightingale

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. – Earl Nightingale

Most very successful people can remember that their success was discovered and built out of adversity of some kind. It’s not the problems that beset us-problems are surprisingly pretty much the same for millions of others-it’s how we react to problems that determines not only our degree of growth and maturity but our future success-and, perhaps, much of our health. – Earl Nightingale

People don’t have great attitudes because of great success, they have great success largely because of great attitudes. – Earl Nightingale

If we can augment our gift giving by giving more of ourselves to those we love, all the time and in various ways, we will have a good chance of helping them and ourselves live happier, better lives. – Earl Nightingale

The picture you have of yourself, your self-esteem, will have a profound effect on the way you see the world and the way your world sees you. – Earl Nightingale

Self-pity is an acid which eats holes in happiness. – Earl Nightingale

Everything begins with an idea. – Earl Nightingale

One hour per day of study in your chosen field is all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do. – Earl Nightingale

Your rewards will be determined by the extent of your contribution, that is your service to others. – Earl Nightingale

Your world and everything in it is a reflection of your own mental attitude toward yourself. – Earl Nightingale

Most people tiptoe their way through life, hoping they make it safely to death. – Earl Nightingale

Problems are challenges to creative minds. Without problems, there would be little reason to think at all. – Earl Nightingale

We must radiate success before it will come to us. We must first become mentally, from an attitude standpoint, the people we wish to become. – Earl Nightingale

Preparation for life is so important. Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity. Opportunity is all around us. Are you prepared? – Earl Nightingale

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. – Earl Nightingale

Even if our home burns down we can rebuild it. But the things that we got for nothing, we can never replace. – Earl Nightingale

Visualization is the human being’s vehicle to the future – good, bad, or indifferent. It’s strictly in our control. – Earl Nightingale

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. – Earl Nightingale

Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. – Earl Nightingale

Getting along well with other people is still the world’s most needed skill. With it…there is no limit to what person can do. We need people, we need the cooperation of others. There is very little we can do alone – Earl Nightingale

Strange and marvelous things will happen with constant regularity as you alter your life and begin living in harmony with the laws of the universe. – Earl Nightingale

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality. – Earl Nightingale

Luck is when preparedness meets opportunity. – Earl Nightingale

Open your ears before you open your mouth, it may surprise your eyes! – Earl Nightingale

Successful people are not people without problems. They are people who have learned to solve their problems. – Earl Nightingale

We can help others in the world more by making the most of yourself than in any other way. – Earl Nightingale

We tend to minimize the things we can do, the goals we can accomplish, and for some equally strange reason we think other people can accomplish things that we cannot. I want you to understand that that is not true. You have deep reservoirs of talent and ability within you that you can bring to the surface and achieve all that you desire – Earl Nightingale

Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. They go together. – Earl Nightingale

Control your thoughts. Decide about that which you will think and concentrate upon. You are in charge of your life to the degree you take charge of your thoughts. – Earl Nightingale

If you don’t have a good model for success, just look at what everybody else is doing and do the opposite. – Earl Nightingale

Whatever the majority of people is doing, under any given circumstances, if you do the exact opposite, you will probably never make another mistake as long as you live. – Earl Nightingale

To achieve happiness, we should make certain that we are never without an important goal. – Earl Nightingale

Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with and through people. Every dollar we will ever earn must come from people. The person we love, and with whom we want to spend the rest of our life, is a human being with whom we must interact. Our children are individuals, each different from any other person who ever lived. And what affects them most is our attitude-the loving kindness they see and feel whenever we are around them. If you’ll begin to develop and maintain an attitude that says yes to life and the world, you’ll be astonished at the changes you’ll see. – Earl Nightingale

The only person who succeeds is the person who is progressively realizing a worthy ideal. That’s the person who says, ‘I’m going to become this’ and then begins to work toward that goal – Earl Nightingale

It’s difficult for people to come to the understanding that only a small minority of people ever really get the word about life, about living abundantly and successfully. Success in the important departments of life seldom comes naturally, no more naturally than success at anything – a musical instrument, sports, fly-fishing, tennis, golf, business, marriage, parenthood. But for some reason most people wait passively for success to come to them …, living as other people are living in the unspoken, tacit assumption that other people know how to live successfully. – Earl Nightingale

Goals reflect your choice of destination. – Earl Nightingale

We tend to live up to our expectations. – Earl Nightingale

A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude. – Earl Nightingale

About 95% of people can be compared to ships without rudders. Subject to every shift of wind and tide, they’re helplessly adrift. And while they fondly hope that they’ll one day drift into a rich and successful port, you and I know that for every narrow harbor entrance, there are a 1,000 miles of rocky coastline. The chances against their drifting into port are 1,000 to one. – Earl Nightingale

If you’ll begin to develop and maintain an attitude that says yes to life and the world, you’ll be astonished at the changes you’ll see. – Earl Nightingale

But the 3% who have taken the time and exercised the discipline to decide on a destination and to chart a course sail straight and far across the deep oceans of life, reaching one port after another and accomplishing more in just a few years than the rest accomplish in a lifetime. – Earl Nightingale

One thing a goal must do is fill us with positive emotion when we think about it. The more intensely we feel about a goal the more progressively we’ll move toward it. – Earl Nightingale

Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us. – Earl Nightingale

We’ve got to be of service first before we can expect money. – Earl Nightingale

Always keep that happy attitude. Pretend that you are holding a beautiful fragrant bouquet. – Earl Nightingale

I’m grateful for the opportunity to live on this beautiful and astonishing planet Earth. In the morning, I wake up with a sense of gratitude. – Earl Nightingale

In doing that which we most enjoy, we will probably make our most significant contribution to society, and the contribution we make to society determines our rewards. – Earl Nightingale

Courage changes things for the better…[With courage you can] stay with something long enough to succeed at it, realizing that it usually takes two, three or four times as long to succeed as you thought or hoped. – Earl Nightingale

A success is anyone who is doing deliberately a pre-determined job, because that’s what he decided to do deliberately. But only one out of twenty does that. – Earl Nightingale

These people get to the top because they have to, because inside them burns a dream too big, too ever present, too demanding to be denied. – Earl Nightingale

You can predict a person’s future and divine his bank balance if you know two things: the books he reads, the people he associates with. – Earl Nightingale

People can and do change. – Earl Nightingale

There are times for all of us when all the laughter seems to be gone, but we should not permit these periods to last too long. When we’ve lost our sense of humor, there isn’t very much left. We become ridiculous. We must then go to war against the whole world, and that’s a war we cannot win. – Earl Nightingale

Watch what everyone else does–do the opposite. The majority is always wrong. – Earl Nightingale

The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts. – Earl Nightingale

The greatest thing on earth is a good idea! – Earl Nightingale

If the average person realized the power he wields over his life and destiny, he would live in a perpetual state of wonder and thanksgiving. – Earl Nightingale

Security isn’t what the wise person looks for – it’s opportunity. – Earl Nightingale

Our rewards in life will always be in exact proportion to the amount of consideration we show toward others. – Earl Nightingale

Dream what you dare to dream. Go where you want to go. Be what you want to be. – Earl Nightingale

You can measure opportunity with the same yardstick that measures the risk involved. They go together. – Earl Nightingale

You are now, and you do become, what you think about. – Earl Nightingale

Success is not the result of making money; earning money is the result of success — and success is in direct proportion to our service. – Earl Nightingale

If honesty did not exist, it would have to be invented, as it is the surest way of getting rich. – Earl Nightingale

We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it. – Earl Nightingale

Each of us creates his or her own life largely by our attitude. – Earl Nightingale

It is our attitude toward life that determines life’s attitude toward us. We get back what we put out. – Earl Nightingale

Successful people form the habit of doing what failures don’t like to do. They like the results they get by doing what they don’t necessarily enjoy. – Earl Nightingale

You can control your attitude. Set it each morning. – Earl Nightingale

Everything you and I will ever have will come to us as the result of the way we use our minds, the one thing we possess that makes us different from all other creatures. – Earl Nightingale

On Christmas morning, our joy or our happiness can be at a very high level, not because of our anticipation of what we might receive but, rather, in anticipation of watching our loved ones open our gifts to them. In fact, if we’re not careful, we can fail to register sufficient excitement and joy upon opening the gifts we receive from others. We must remember that they are happiest at that time and to give them top billing, to stretch their happiness to its full length. – Earl Nightingale

Get into a line that you will find to be a deep personal interest, something you really enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day working at, and the rest of the time thinking about. – Earl Nightingale

Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. – Earl Nightingale

To give oneself is the only way of becoming oneself. – Earl Nightingale

There is no limit on earnings. – Earl Nightingale

Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations. – Earl Nightingale

That’s the secret: be interesting. If you can’t be interesting, shut up. There’s nothing wrong with silence. – Earl Nightingale

We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service. – Earl Nightingale

You are responsible for how your life turns out, and your attitude shapes that life for better or worse. – Earl Nightingale

The person with just one good idea is a thousand times better off than the person with no good ideas. – Earl Nightingale

If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years, that person will be an expert on that subject. – Earl Nightingale

Shooting for the top will bring out the best that’s in you. – Earl Nightingale

Don’t concern yourself too much with how you are going to achieve your goal – leave that completely to a power greater than yourself. All you have to do is know where you’re going. The answers will come to you of their own accord, and at the right time. – Earl Nightingale

How can I be of the greatest service doing that which I most enjoy doing? – Earl Nightingale

Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. – Earl Nightingale

Happiness comes to those who are moving toward something they want very much to happen. And it almost always involves making someone else happy. – Earl Nightingale

We are all creatures of habit. We can do most things without even thinking about them; our bodies take charge and do them for us. – Earl Nightingale

All you have to do is hold your goal before you and everything else will take care of itself. – Earl Nightingale

Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away. – Earl Nightingale

A rut is a grave with the ends kicked out. – Earl Nightingale

Don’t catch the bad and infectious attitudes of others. – Earl Nightingale

Every one of us is the sum total of his own thoughts – Earl Nightingale

Ask yourself every morning, ‘how can I increase my service today?’ – Earl Nightingale

Every great accomplishment of mankind has been preceded by an extended period, often over many years, of concentrated effort. – Earl Nightingale

If your attitude toward the world is good, you will obtain good results. If your attitude is excellent, excellent will your results. – Earl Nightingale

It’s never too late, for with a purpose, a worthy goal and a motivation to reach those upper layers on the pyramid, a person can travel further in a few years than he might otherwise travel in a lifetime. – Earl Nightingale

It’s the courage to stay with something long enough to succeed at it. – Earl Nightingale

Be positive, cheerful, grateful and expectant. – Earl Nightingale

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. – Earl Nightingale

The key that unlocks energy is desire. – Earl Nightingale

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. – Earl Nightingale

Most people think they want more money than they really do, and they settle for a lot less than they could get – Earl Nightingale

Perseverance is another word for faith! – Earl Nightingale

Money is the harvest of our production and service. We in turn use it to obtain the production and service of others. – Earl Nightingale

Just one great idea can completely revolutionize your life. – Earl Nightingale

What happens inside always appears outside. – Earl Nightingale

Whenever we’re afraid, it’s because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid. – Earl Nightingale

Don’t take the attitude of waiting for people to be nice to you – be nice to them. Don’t sit in front of a cold stove waiting for the heat. Put in the fuel. Act first. – Earl Nightingale

Every-time we use a product or service, someone is serving us. – Earl Nightingale

It is in the expectations of happiness that much of happiness itself is found. And it takes courage to expect happiness. – Earl Nightingale

What’s going on in the inside shows on the outside. – Earl Nightingale

The amount of money we receive will always be in direct ratio to the demand for what we do; our ability to do it; and the difficulty in replacing us. – Earl Nightingale

We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work, we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. – Earl Nightingale

Any person who contributes to prosperity must prosper in turn. – Earl Nightingale

People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. – Earl Nightingale

Each of us must live off the fruit of his thoughts in the future, because what you think today and tomorrow, next month and next year, you will mold your life and determine your future. You are guided by your mind. – Earl Nightingale

The big thing is that you know what you want. – Earl Nightingale

The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company; you own your career! – Earl Nightingale

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light. [so we can see the bright side of everything] – Earl Nightingale

Do what experts since the dawn of recorded history have told you you must do: pay the price by becoming the person you want to become. It’s not nearly as difficult as living unsuccessfully. – Earl Nightingale

Successful people are dreamers who have found a dream too exciting, too important, to remain in the realm of fantasy. Day by day, hour by hour, they toil in the service of their dream until they can see it with their eyes and touch it with their hands. – Earl Nightingale

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