The Magic of Thinking Big Quotes – David J. Schwartz

Book – The Magic of Thinking Big (Quotes)the magic of thinking big book cover photo

Author – David J. Schwartz PhD

Genre – Self- Help

Originally Published – 1959

The book is full of useful insights and open up minds to great ideas. The book is equally filled with great quotes and one liners that will inspire you to take control of your life and start thinking big, and achieve big.

Here are my favorites quotes from the book.

1. “Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn’t stuck with the present”

2. “Success is determined not so much by the size of one’s brain, as it is by the size of one’s thinking”

3. “All of us, more than we recognize, are products of the surrounding thinking. And much of this thinking is little, not big ”

4. “There is nothing either good or bad except that thinking makes it so” – Shakespeare

5. “Believe, really believe, you can move a mountain, and you can. Not many people believe that they can move mountains. So, as a result, not many people do”

6. “Belief works this way. Belief, the “I’m-positive-I-can” attitude, generates the power, skill, and energy needed to do. When you believe I-can-do-it, the how-to-do-it develops”

7. “The how-to-do-it always comes to the person who believes he can do it”

8. “The “Okay-I’ll-give-it-a-try-but-I-don’t-think-it-will-work” attitude produces failures”

9. “Production in your thought factory is under the charge of two foremen, one of whom we will call Mr. Triumph and the other Mr. Defeat”

“Both Mr. Triumph and Mr. Defeat are intensely obedient. They snap to attention immediately. All you need do to signal either foreman is to give the slightest mental beck and call. If the signal is positive, Mr. Triumph will step forward and go to work. Likewise, a negative signal brings Mr. Defeat forward”

10. “The right attitude and one arm will beat the wrong attitude and two arms every time”

11. “One may (and let me emphasize the word may) get a little sympathy, but one doesn’t get respect and loyalty by being a chronic complainer”

12. “The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you may have ”

13. “It is more important to use your mind to think than to use it as a warehouse for facts”

14. “The ability to know how to get information is more important than using the mind as a garage for facts”

15. “Never underestimate your own intelligence, and never overestimate the intelligence of others”

16. “Action cures fear. Indecision, postponement, on the other hand, fertilize fear”

17. “Doing what’s right keeps your conscience satisfied. And this builds self-confidence. When we do what is known to be wrong, two negative things happen. First, we feel guilt and this guilt eats away confidence. Second, other people sooner or later find out and lose confidence in us”

18. “Think big, we must use words and phrases that produce big, positive mental images”

19. “All the successful public speakers have one thing in common: They have something to say and they feel a burning desire for other people to hear it”

20. “Before complaining or accusing or reprimanding someone or launching a counterattack in self- defense, ask yourself, “Is it really important?” In most cases, it isn’t and you avoid conflict”

21. “Don’t sell yourself short. Conquer the crime of self-deprecation. Concentrate on your assets. You’re better than you think you are”

22. “Use the big thinker’s vocabulary. Use big, bright, cheerful words. Use words that promise victory, hope, happiness, pleasure; avoid words that create unpleasant images of failure, defeat, and grief”

23. “Stretch your vision. See what can be, not just what is. Practice adding value to things, to people, and to yourself”

24. “Get the big view of your job. Think, really think your present job is important. That next promotion depends mostly on how you think toward your present job”

25. “Think above trivial things. Focus your attention on big objectives. Before getting involved in a petty matter, ask yourself, “Is it really important?”

26. “When you believe something is impossible, your mind goes to work for you to prove why. But when you believe, really believe, something can be done, your mind goes to work for you and helps you find the ways to do it”

27. “The successful person doesn’t ask, “Can I do it better?” He knows he can. So he phrases the question: “How can I do it better?”

28. “Capacity is a state of mind. How much we can do depends on how much we think we can do. When you really believe you can do more, your mind thinks creatively and shows you the way”

29. “Big people monopolize the listening. Small people monopolize the talking”

30. “Your appearance talks to you and it talks to others. Make certain it says, “Here is a person who has self-respect. He’s important. Treat him that way.”

31. “The body is what the body is fed. By the same token, the mind is what the mind is fed”

32. “People who tell you it cannot be done almost always are unsuccessful people, are strictly average or mediocre at best in terms of accomplishment”

33. “How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking”

34. “In at least nine cases out of ten, the “likability” factor is the first thing mentioned. And in an overwhelmingly large number of cases, the “likability” factor is given far more weight than the technical factor”

35. “Bear in mind that the longer you stay tuned to either Channel P (Positive) or Channel N (Negative), the more interested you become and the harder it is to switch channels. This is true because one thought, positive or negative, sets off a whole chain reaction of similar thought”

36. “The person who does the most talking and the person who is the most successful are rarely the same person”

37. “Action feeds and strengthens confidence; inaction in all forms feeds fear. To fight fear, act. To increase fear—wait, put off, postpone”

38. “Commit this question to memory and use it to evaluate everything you do: “Will this help take me where I want to go?” If the answer is no, back off; if yes, press ahead”

Hope these quotes and lines inspire you in some way. Feel free to share these post with everyone you feel be benefited or inspired in some way. You can read The Magic of Thinking Big book review here

Please share your favorite quote in the comment from this post or any other quote that you resonate with most. I would love to hear from you.

Wish you a life of big thoughts, goals, action and accomplishment.



As A Man Thinketh James Allen Quotes

Book – As A Man Thinkethas a man thinketh book cover photo

Author – James Allen

Genre – Classic Self- help Book

Published in – 1903

As a man thinketh, so is he; written on the basis of Biblical verse (Prov. 23: 7) “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he is a book of merely 68 pages and yet became highly popular and recommend book by most self – help authors.

Here are best quotes lines and thoughts from the book.

1. “All that we are, is the result of what we have thought”

2. “Action are, is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits; thus do we garner in the sweet and bitter harvest of our own plantings”

3. “We are what we think we are. If our mind has evil thoughts, we will suffer pain; if our thoughts are pure; joy will follow”

4. “We are the masters of thoughts, the molders of character, and the makers and shapers of conditions, environment, and destiny”

5. “We do not attract that which we want but that which we are. Our wishes and prayers are gratified and answered only when they harmonize with our thoughts and actions”

6. “In the light of truth, what, then, are, is the meaning of “fighting against circumstances”? It means that we are continually revolting against an effect without, while all the time we are nourishing and preserving its cause in our heart”

7. “All of us are anxious to improve our circumstances but are willing to improve ourselves. We therefore remain bound. People who do not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the objects upon which their hearts are set”

8. “Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles”

9. “Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that we are out of harmony with ourselves, with law of life. The sole and supreme use of suffering is to purify, to burn out all that is useless and impure”

10. “We cannot directly choose our circumstances, but we can choose our thoughts and so, indirectly yet surely, shape our circumstances”

11. “Change of diet will not help us if we will not change our thoughts. When thoughts are made pure, impure food is no longer desired”

12. : To put away aimlessness and weakness and to begin to think with purpose is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who recognize failure only as one of the pathways to attainment, who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully”

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13. “All that we achieve and all that we fail to achieve are, is the direct result of our own thoughts. Our weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are our own and not other’s. As we think, so we are; as we continue to think, so we remain”

14. “They who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; they who would achieve much must sacrifice much; they who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly”

15. “Your circumstances may be uncongenial, but they shall not long remain so if you will but perceive an ideal and strive to reach it. You cannot travel within and stand still without”

16. “Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is result of long and patient effort in self-control”

17. “Strong, calm people are always loved and revered. They are like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land or a sheltering rock in a storm”

18. “Tempest-tossed souls, Wherever you will may be, under whatsoever conditions you will may live, know this – In the ocean of life the isles of blessedness are smiling, and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought. In the bark of your soul reclines the commanding master; He does but sleep; wake him”

19. “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”

I have also written review of the book As A Man Thinketh.

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