55 Powerful Dale Carnegie Quotes to Live By

Which are your favorite Dale Carnegie Quotes? 

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, sales, corporate training, and public speaking.

Carnegie lived from 1888 – 1955, and is best remembered for his best selling personal-development books. Including ‘[easyazon_link identifier=”0671027034″ locale=”US” tag=”w0f8f-20″]How to Win Friends & Influence People[/easyazon_link]’, which was listed by Tai Lopez as one of his most recommended books to read!

We’ve put together this great collection for the 55 best Dale Carnegie quotes:


55 Powerful Dale Carnegie Quotes

1. “Act as if you were already happy and that will tend to make you happy” – Dale Carnegie

2. “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie

3. “Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurt his sense of importance and arouses resentment.” – Dale Carnegie

4. “Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.” – Dale Carnegie

5. “Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.” – Dale Carnegie

6. “For better or worse, you must play your own instrument in the orchestra of life.” – Dale Carnegie

7. “If some people are so hungry for a feeling of importance that they actually go insane to get it, imagine what miracle you and I can achieve by giving people honest appreciation this side of insanity.” – Dale Carnegie

8. “Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don’t put off being happy until some future date.” – Dale Carnegie

9. “Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.” – Dale Carnegie


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10. “Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.” – Dale Carnegie


11. “The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping .” – Dale Carnegie

12. “Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still.” – Dale Carnegie

13. “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.” – Dale Carnegie

14. “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie

15. “Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic” – Dale Carnegie

16. “Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” – Dale Carnegie

17. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

18. “Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie

19. “Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.” – Dale Carnegie


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20. “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude” – Dale Carnegie


21. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

22. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

23. “Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment” – Dale Carnegie

24. “Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.” – Dale Carnegie

25. “There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.” – Dale Carnegie

26. “To be interesting, be interested.” – Dale Carnegie

27. “When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” – Dale Carnegie


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28. “You can’t win an argument. You can’t because if you lose it, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it.” – Dale Carnegie


29. “Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.” – Dale Carnegie

30. “Arouse in the other person an eager want. He who can do this has the whole world with him. He who cannot walks a lonely way.” – Dale Carnegie

31. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie

32. “Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism – and wars.” – Dale Carnegie

33. “First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.” – Dale Carnegie

34. “I have come to the conclusion that there is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument – and that is to avoid it. Avoid it as you would avoid rattlesnakes and earthquakes.” – Dale Carnegie

35. “Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire” – Dale Carnegie

36. “Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed possible” – Dale Carnegie


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37. “Remember happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think” – Dale Carnegie


38. “Tell the audience what you’re going to say, say it; then tell them what you’ve said.” – Dale Carnegie

39. “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.” – Dale Carnegie

40. “Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.” – Dale Carnegie

41. “You are merely not feeling equal to the tasks before you.” – Dale Carnegie

42. “You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

43. “Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, ‘I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.’” – Dale Carnegie

44. “Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.” – Dale Carnegie

45. “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.” – Dale Carnegie

46. “Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” – Dale Carnegie

47. “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale Carnegie


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48. “If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.” – Dale Carnegie


49. “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” – Dale Carnegie

50. “Names are the sweetest, most important sound in any language.” – Dale Carnegie

51. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie

52. “The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.” – Dale Carnegie

53. “There is only one way… to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.” – Dale Carnegie

54. “We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.” – Dale Carnegie

55. “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” – Dale Carnegie



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