There are some people who with just a few words can inspire and motivate you to achieve success.  Dale Carnegie was such a person.  A great believer in self-growth and self-improvement, his books have inspired many people to change their lives for the better.  Dale Carnegie’s quotes are amongst the most inspirational quotes and sayings of recent times.

Dale Carnegie’s wikipedia entry reads:

“Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (originally Carnagey until 1922 and possibly somewhat later) (November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955) was an American writer, lecturer, and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Born into poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), a massive bestseller that remains popular today. He also wrote How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), Lincoln the Unknown (1932), and several other books.

One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other people’s behavior by changing one’s reaction to them.

dale carnegie personal development quotes

At the Personal Development Cafe we strongly believe in the power of word.  We hope that the Dale Carnegie quotes below may provide the spark you need to change your life and achieve the success you deserve.

Dale Carnegie personal development quotes and sayings

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.

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.

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

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



If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.

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.

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.

I’ve found that worry and irritation vanish into thin air the moment I open my mind to the many blessings I possess.

Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions; it is governed by our mental attitude.

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

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.

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.

Dale Carnegie personal development quotes

Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.

“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.”

Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.

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.

First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.

Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.



We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do. But it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain–and most do.”

“If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want to be.”

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

“Flattery is telling the other person precisely what he thinks about himself.”

“Two men looked out from prison bars,
One saw the mud, the other saw stars.”

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.

Dale Carnegie inspired many with his words and has left a legacy that will continue to do so for many years.  He was one of the great believers personal development and self-growth.

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