The 50+ Most Inspiring Napoleon Hill Quotes

Napoleon Hill was an American author and is widely consider to be the grandfather of the self- help movement. The gist of his books, and the reason they have become so popular is they tell you that you can become successful and wealthy if you set your mind and actions on a course to achieve your goals. He is a very inspiring writer and his simple idea was quite popular with the masses. And Mr. Hill was an inspiring speaking who shared plenty of nuggets of wisdom and inspiring stories.

Hill’s Most famous book is Think and Grow Rich – a timeless classic. Mr. Hill was a journalist and was given an assignment to interview Andrew Carnegie, the famous American Steel magnate. During the course of their time together, Mr. Carnegie commissioned Napoleon Hill to interview over 500 millionaires to find a success formula to share with the world.

Some of the famous people he interviewed included:  Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Elmer Gates, Charles M. Schwab, Theodore Roosevelt, William Wrigley Jr, William Jennings Bryan, George Eastman, Woodrow Wilson, William H. Taft, John D. Rockefeller, and F. W. Woolworth.

Napoleon Hill eventually became an advisor to Andrew Carnegie and with Carnegie help he formulated a philosophy for success, drawing on the materials and conversations with these famous millionaires. It took Hill 20 years to write the book. The book has been an ongoing bestseller for many decades with sales in excess of 100 Million copies!

Napoleon Hill Quotes

Here are the best and most inspiring quotes from Napoleon Hill:

  1. “Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.” –Napoleon Hill
  2. “The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.” — Napoleon Hill
  3. “Action is the real measure of intelligence.” — Napoleon Hill
  4. “Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.” –Napoleon Hill
  5. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” — Napoleon Hill
  6. “Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” –Napoleon Hill
  7. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” –Napoleon Hill
  8. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill
  9. “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be. –Napoleon Hill
  10. “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” –Napoleon Hill
  11. “If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.” –Napoleon Hill
  12. “If you are not learning while you’re earning, you are cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation.” –Napoleon Hill
  13. “Neglecting to broaden their view has kept some people doing one thing all their lives.” –Napoleon Hill
  14. “Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.” – Napoleon Hill
  15. “Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.” –Napoleon Hill
  16. “Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.”        — Napoleon Hill
  17. “When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” –Napoleon Hill
  18. “The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.” –Napoleon Hill
  19. “You may be hurt if you love too much, but you will live in misery if you love too little.” — Napoleon Hill
  20. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”   -Napoleon Hill
  21. “The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.” –Napoleon Hill
  22. “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.” –Napoleon Hill
  23. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” –Napoleon Hill
  24. “More gold had been mined from the mind of men than the earth it self.” –Napoleon Hill
  25. “If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it . . .” –Napoleon Hill
  26. “When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity – regardless of what others may do – you are destined for greatness.” –Napoleon Hill
  27. “Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.” —-Napoleon Hill
  28. “Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it.” –Napoleon Hill
  29. “We refuse to believe that which we don’t understand.” –Napoleon Hill
  30. “Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching a decision not to worry about what other people think, do, or say.” –Napoleon Hill
  31. “Those who succeed in an outstanding way seldom do so before the age of 40. More often, they do not strike their real pace until they are well beyond the age of 50.” –Napoleon Hill
  32. “Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it. This is the equivalent of saying “deeds, and not words, are what count most.”Napoleon Hill
  33. “You’ve got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize.” –Napoleon Hill
  34. “Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire brings a small amount of heat.” –Napoleon Hill
  35. “If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water’s edge.” –Napoleon Hill
  36. “Perhaps we shall learn, as we pass through this age, that the ‘other self” is more powerful than the physical self we see when we look into a mirror.” –Napoleon Hill
  37. “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
  38. “Any ideas, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” –Napoleon Hill
  39. “If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.” –Napoleon Hill
  40. “First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” –Napoleon Hill
  41. “Desire is the starting point of all achievement,not a hope,not a wish,but a keen pulsating desire which trancends everything.” –Napoleon Hill
  42. “Adversity will do something too you or for you.” –Napoleon HillEffort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” –Napoleon Hill
  43. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” –Napoleon Hill
  44. “Remember that it is not the lawyer who knows the most law, but the one who best prepares his case, who wins.” –Napoleon Hill
  45. “Most so called FAILURES are only temporary defeats.” — Napoleon Hill
  46. “Awake,arise,and assert yourself,you dreamers of the world. Your star is now in ascendancy.” –Napoleon Hill
  47. “If you believe yourself unfortunate because you have loved and lost, perish the thought. One who has loved truly, can never lose entirely.” –Napoleon Hill
  48. “Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” –Napoleon Hill
  49. “Successful men become successful only because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of success.” –Napoleon Hill
  50. “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – –Napoleon Hill
  51. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” –Napoleon Hill
  52. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” –Napoleon Hill
  53. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” –Napoleon Hill
  54. “When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” –Napoleon Hill
  55. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” –Napoleon Hill
  56. “It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.” –Napoleon Hill
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Napoleon Hill Video – Think & Grow Rich Summary

If you don’t want to read his book, or don’t have the time, or just want a quick refresh, be sure to check out this summary of his classic book. He reviews the 5 main takeaways:

  1. It’s what you do that matters
  2. A burning desire
  3. Become an Unstoppable Force
  4. Sexual Energy
  5. The 6 Ghosts of Fear



Napoleon Hill basically pioneered the idea of self help – that you could help yourself to raise up from a bad childhood or bad circumstance to success, no matter what. His books focus on improving your mindset so you take action that will move you toward your goals. We hope these quotes lift your mood and inspire you to pursuit success and happiness.

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