147+ Best Napoleon Hill Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Oliver Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is known best for his book Think and Grow Rich which is among the 10 best selling self-help books of all time. Hill’s works insisted that fervid expectations are essential to improving one’s life. Profoundly inspirational Napoleon Hill quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Napoleon Hill Quotes

You have within you all the power you need with which to get whatever you want or need in this world. – Napoleon Hill

You must master the habit of procrastination and eliminate it from your wake-up. This habit of putting off until tomorrow that which you should have done last week or last year or a score of years ago is gnawing at the very vitals of your being and you can accomplish nothing until you throw it off. – Napoleon Hill

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire. – Napoleon Hill

Fear is a habit, so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can and I will. – Napoleon Hill

The vast majority of people are born, grow up, struggle and go through life in misery and failure, not realizing that it would be just as easy to switch over and get exactly what they want out of life, not recognizing that the mind attracts the thing it dwells upon. – Napoleon Hill

The person who stops studying merely because he has finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what may be his calling. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge. – Napoleon Hill

Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself. – Napoleon Hill

Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true. – Napoleon Hill

From Christ on down to Edison, the men who have achieved most have been those who met with the most stubborn forms of temporary defeat. This would seem to justify the conclusion that Infinite Intelligence has a plan, or a law, by which it hurdles men over many obstacles before giving them the privilege of leadership or the opportunity to render useful service in a noteworthy fashion. – Napoleon Hill

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. – Napoleon Hill

When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve. – Napoleon Hill

It is now a documented principle of psychology that human beings subconsciously move in the direction of their most dominant thought. – Napoleon Hill

The person who sows a single beautiful thought in the mind of another, renders the world a greater service than that rendered by all the faultfinders combined. – Napoleon Hill

Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by opinions when you reach DECISIONS, you will not succeed in any undertaking. – Napoleon Hill

Every negative event contains within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. – Napoleon Hill

The great master key to riches is nothing more or less than the self-discipline necessary to help you take full and complete possession of your own mind. – Napoleon Hill

Most illness begins with a negative mind. – Napoleon Hill

It is always better to imitate a successful man than to envy him. – Napoleon Hill

Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times. – Napoleon Hill

Many successful people have found opportunities in failure and adversity that they could not recognize in more favorable circumstances. – Napoleon Hill

If the first plan which you adopt does not work successfully, replace it with a new plan; if this new plan fails to work, replace it in turn with still another, and so on, until you find a plan which does work. Right here is the point at which 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. – Napoleon Hill

First you fuel the desire, then the desire will fuel you. – Napoleon Hill

You either control your mind or it controls you. – Napoleon Hill

Live each day as if it were your last, and you’ll develop a keen respect for opportunity. – Napoleon Hill

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. – Napoleon Hill

Waste no words on a man who dislikes you. Actions will impress him more. – Napoleon Hill

Deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to think and act on building the life you desire. – Napoleon Hill

Success is good at any age, but the sooner you find it, the longer you will enjoy it. – Napoleon Hill

Money is either a good or bad influence, according to the character of the person who possesses it. – Napoleon Hill

Whatever your mind feeds upon your mind attracts to you. – Napoleon Hill

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday. – Napoleon Hill

A goal is a dream with a deadline. – Napoleon Hill

Love attracts only one thing and that thing is love. – Napoleon Hill

A genius is simply one who has taken full possession of his own mind and directed it toward objectives of his own choosing, without permitting outside influences to discourage or mislead him. – Napoleon Hill

Your only limitation is the one you set up in your own mind! – Napoleon Hill

We see men who have accumulated great fortunes, but we often recognize only their triumph, overlooking the temporary defeats which they had to surmount before arriving. – Napoleon Hill

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill

What you think, so you will become. – Napoleon Hill

Winners never quit, quitters never win. – Napoleon Hill

Work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along. – Napoleon Hill

Charles Chaplin makes a million dollars a year out of a funny, shuffling walk and a pair of baggy trousers, because he does something different. Take the hint and individualize yourself with some distinctive idea. – Napoleon Hill

If you want riches, you must refuse to accept any circumstance that leads toward poverty. – Napoleon Hill

Fear is the tool of a man-made devil. Self-confident faith in one’s self is both the man-made weapon which defeats this devil and the man-made tool which builds a triumphant life. And it is more than that. It is a link to the irresistible forces of the universe which stand behind a man who does not believe in failure and defeat as being anything but temporary experiences. – Napoleon Hill

Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent. – Napoleon Hill

Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds – Napoleon Hill

Worry is a state of mind based upon fear. It works slowly, but persistently. It is insidious and subtle. Step by step it digs itself in until it paralyzes ones reasoning faculty, destroys self-confidence and initiative. Worry is a form of sustained fear caused by indecision therefore it is a state of mind which can be controlled. – Napoleon Hill

The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun. – Napoleon Hill

You are fortunate if you have learned the difference between temporary defeat and failure, more fortunate still if you have learned the truth that the very seed of success is dormant in every defeat that you experience. – Napoleon Hill

Keep your mind fixed on what you want in life: not on what you don’t want. – Napoleon Hill

It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind. – Napoleon Hill

Remember that it is not the lawyer who knows the most law, but the one who best prepares his case, who wins. – Napoleon Hill

One thing we all know, if one does not possess PERSISTENCE, one does not achieve noteworthy success in any calling. – Napoleon Hill

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. – Napoleon Hill

Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price. – Napoleon Hill

The world does not pay men for that which they know. It pays them for what they do, or induce others to do. – Napoleon Hill

If you do a job another’s way, he or she must take the responsibility. If you do it your way, you must take the responsibility. – Napoleon Hill

Failure cannot cope with persistence. – Napoleon Hill

The person who takes no chances generally has to take whatever is left when others are through choosing. – Napoleon Hill

Desire backed by faith knows no such word as impossible. – Napoleon Hill

If you are one of those people who believe that hard work and honesty alone will bring riches-perish the thought; because it’s not true. Riches, when they come in huge quantities, are never the result of hard work. Riches come if they come at all, in response to definite demands, based upon the application of definite principles, and not by chance or luck. – Napoleon Hill

People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often. – Napoleon Hill

Every human brain is both a broadcasting and receiving station for the vibration of thought. – Napoleon Hill

If you can conceive something in your mind and believe it to be true, then you can achieve it. – Napoleon Hill

If you have a strong belief in yourself, in what you are doing and what you want to do, no adversity is too difficult to overcome. – Napoleon Hill

Taking possession of your positive self will put you on the success beam that you may ride triumphantly to whatever heights of achievement you desire. – Napoleon Hill

Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass. – Napoleon Hill

You know, it’s not more knowledge, it’s not more education, it’s not more facts that we need. It’s a better use of what we already have that we need to have. You have each and every one of you, within your potential power right now to do a wonderful job in your chosen field – if you would only embrace it and use it. – Napoleon Hill

When you have talked yourself into what you want, right there is the place to stop talking and begin saying it with deeds. – Napoleon Hill

Keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be. – Napoleon Hill

A positive mind finds a way it can be done; a negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done. – Napoleon Hill

The development of self-confidence starts with the elimination of this demon called fear. – Napoleon Hill

You wouldn’t desire something if you didn’t have the talent to carry it out. – Napoleon Hill

Discipline comes through self control. This means that you must control all negative qualities. Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself. Self-mastery is the hardest job you will ever tackle. If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. – Napoleon Hill

Indecision, doubt and fear. The members of this unholy trio are closely related; where one is found, the other two are close at hand. – Napoleon Hill

If you do not see great riches in your imagination, you will never see them in your bank balance. – Napoleon Hill

Memorize the selfstarter DO IT NOW! DO IT NOW! can affect every phase of your life. It can help you do the things you should do but don’t feel like doing. It can keep you from procrastinating when an unpleasant duty faces you. But it can also help you do those things that you want to do. It helps you seize those precious moments that, if lost, may never be retrieved. – Napoleon Hill

No one is so good that he has no bad in him, & no one is so bad that he has no good in him – Napoleon Hill

You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill

No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be BELIEF, not mere hope or wish. – Napoleon Hill

The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors. – Napoleon Hill

Life is a game board. Time is your opponent. If you procrastinate, you will lose the game. You must make a move to be victorious. – Napoleon Hill

If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water’s edge. – Napoleon Hill

Genius is merely the capacity for taking infinite pains. – Napoleon Hill

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. – Napoleon Hill

You have absolute control over just one thing, your thoughts. This divine gift is the sole means by which you may control your destiny. If you fail to control your mind, you will control nothing else. – Napoleon Hill

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. – Napoleon Hill

No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person’s enemies say about him. – Napoleon Hill

There is one weakness in people for which there is no remedy. It is the universal weakness of LACK OF AMBITION! – Napoleon Hill

A man is as big as the measure of his thinking. – Napoleon Hill

If you try and fail, make another effort, and still another…until you succeed. – Napoleon Hill

When you close the door of your mind to negative thoughts, the door of opportunity opens to you. – Napoleon Hill

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Are you satisfied with where you are and the direction you are going? If not, take control of your life and change whatever needs to be changed. You and only you have the power to do this. You can change your world! – Napoleon Hill

Both success and failure are largely the results of HABIT! – Napoleon Hill

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man. – Napoleon Hill

You may be hurt if you love too much, but you will live in misery if you love too little. – Napoleon Hill

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. – Napoleon Hill

Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end. – Napoleon Hill

No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful or greedy. Unless you let him. – Napoleon Hill

Watch the one ahead of you, and you’ll learn why he is ahead. Then emulate him. – Napoleon Hill

Riches don’t respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence. – Napoleon Hill

Action is the real measure of intelligence. – Napoleon Hill

If you think your lot in life has been hard read Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington, and you may see how fortunate you have been. – Napoleon Hill

Men take on the nature and the habits and the power of thought of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony. – Napoleon Hill

Set your target and keep trying until you reach it. – Napoleon Hill

If the thing you wish to do is right, and YOU BELIEVE IN IT, go ahead and do it! Put your dreams across, and never mind what ‘they’ say if you meet with temporary defeat, for ‘they’ perhaps, do not know that every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success. – Napoleon Hill

If you do not believe in co-operation, look what happens to a wagon that loses a wheel. – Napoleon Hill

I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action. – Napoleon Hill

Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting. – Napoleon Hill

You become what you think about – Napoleon Hill

Remember that your dominating focus attracts, through a definite law of nature, by the shortest and most convenient route, their physical counterpart. Be careful of what you focus on. – Napoleon Hill

No person with a grievance can be also a person with an attractive personality! – Napoleon Hill

If it isn’t your job to do it, perhaps it is your opportunity – Napoleon Hill

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill

Your real wealth can be measured not by what you have but by who you are. – Napoleon Hill

Understand that the only way to get happiness is by giving it away to others. – Napoleon Hill

Whatever you think today becomes what you are tomorrow. – Napoleon Hill

All you are or ever shall become is the result of the use to which you put your mind. – Napoleon Hill

If you fail to control your own mind, you may be sure you will control nothing else. – Napoleon Hill

Successful people, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business, or profession. – Napoleon Hill

Capability means imagination. – Napoleon Hill

Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you stand & work with whatever tools you may have. – Napoleon Hill

The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going. – Napoleon Hill

Burn the boats as you enter the island and you will take the island. – Napoleon Hill

If you don’t have a plan, you will fail, and you can quote me. You need a definite plan, it should be written down, and it should dictate, with military precision, the moves that you will be taking. Napoleon Hill said, First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. – Napoleon Hill

Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious. – Napoleon Hill

Riches, when they come in huge quantities, are never the result of HARD work! – Napoleon Hill

Remember, the thoughts that you think and the statements you make regarding yourself determine your mental attitude. If you have a worthwhile objective, find the one reason why you can achieve it rather than hundreds of reasons why you can’t. – Napoleon Hill

Focus on the possibilities for success, not on the potential for failure – Napoleon Hill

The happiest people are those who have learned to mix play with their work and to bind the two together with enthusiasm. – Napoleon Hill

A closed mind stumbles over the blessings of life without recognizing them. – Napoleon Hill

Your greatness is here and now. Your happiness is here and now. – Napoleon Hill

Your attitude towards problems, difficulties, and adversities is the most important factor in overcoming them. – Napoleon Hill

Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it, and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action. – Napoleon Hill

I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action and gradually transform themselves into physical reality, therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person. – Napoleon Hill

We are the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts. – Napoleon Hill

Self-control is solely a matter of thought-control! – Napoleon Hill

If your imagination leads you to understand how quickly people grant your requests when those requests appeal to their self- interest, you can have practically anything you go after. – Napoleon Hill

No man [or woman] is free until he learns to do his own thinking and gains the courage to act on his own personal initiative. – Napoleon Hill

Our minds become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds and these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts. – Napoleon Hill

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past or how lofty your aims and hopes may be. – Napoleon Hill

You can be absolutely certain that when you feel you are being most unfairly tested, you are being prepared for great achievement. – Napoleon Hill

The greatest failure in life is to stop trying. – Napoleon Hill

Decide where you are going and how you are to get there. Then make a start from where you now stand. – Napoleon Hill

Do not look for a miracle, because you will not find it. You will find only the eternal laws of nature. These laws are available to every person who has the faith and the courage to use them. – Napoleon Hill

You don’t have to be very brilliant. You don’t have to have such a wonderful education. You can be an outstanding success if you will only take what little you have, whether it’s little or much, and start using it, putting it into operation, doing something about it, and doing something with it. And, of course, that calls for initiative. – Napoleon Hill

Drifting, without aim or purpose, is the first cause of failure. – Napoleon Hill

There is a vast difference between failure and temporary defeat. – Napoleon Hill

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