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Wikipedia Summary for Og Mandino

Augustine "Og" Mandino II (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996) was an American author. He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over 25 languages. He was the president of Success Unlimited magazine until 1976 and was inducted into the National Speakers Association's Hall of Fame.

You are not the momentary whim of a careless creator experimenting in the laboratory of life... You were made with a purpose.

--Og Mandino

For now you know one of the greatest principles of success; if you persist long enough you will win.

--Og Mandino

Don't waste it with a false start of no start at all. You were not born to fail.

--Og Mandino

The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement.

--Og Mandino

AI will make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force.

--Og Mandino

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

--Og Mandino

My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end. Nothing is easier than fault-finding. All it will do is discolor my personality so that none will want to associate with me. That was my old life. No more.

--Og Mandino

Cherish each hour of this day for it can never return.

--Og Mandino

Failure is a man's inability to reach his goals in life, whatever they may be.

--Og Mandino

Do that which you dread and cherish those victories with pride.

--Og Mandino

Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today.

--Og Mandino

Longer Version:

Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile!


Don't let your success of today lay you into complacency for tomorrow. For that is the worst form of failure.

--Og Mandino

Only a habit can subdue another habit.

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He who worries about calamities suffers them twice over.

--Og Mandino

A field of clay touched by the genius of man becomes a castle.

--Og Mandino

Always will I dig for reasons to applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip. When I am tempted to criticize I will bite on my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs.

--Og Mandino

Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity, but with it you can accomplish miracles.

--Og Mandino

Today I will be the master of my emotions.

--Og Mandino

Failure is... the highway to success.

--Og Mandino

One of the things is we tend to give up too soon. We get knocked down a couple of times, and we stay down. It's so important to get back up again.

--Og Mandino

Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you.

--Og Mandino

I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; Yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; Yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.

--Og Mandino

If the ingredients for happiness are not within a person, no material success or entertainment or platinum credit cards can make that person smile.

--Og Mandino

Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now.

--Og Mandino

You can't conquer reality by running away from it.

--Og Mandino

Many years ago, when I was just about as complete a failure as one can become, I began to spend a good deal of time in libraries, looking for some answers. I found all the answers I needed in that golden vein of ore that every library has.

--Og Mandino

Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure.

--Og Mandino

If I must be a slave to habit let me be a slave to good habits.

--Og Mandino

Already, it is later than you think for your earthly life at best, is only a blink of an eye between two eternities.

--Og Mandino

All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath -- so what does that make today worth?

--Og Mandino

My procrastination which has held me back was born of fear ... now I know that to conquer fear I must always act without hesitation and the flutters in my heart will vanish. Now I know that action reduces the lion of terror.... I will walk where the failure fears to walk.

--Og Mandino

I will embrace today's difficult tasks, take off my coat, and make dust in the world.

--Og Mandino

Who is of so little faith that in a moment of great disaster or heartbreak has not called to his God?

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I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.

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Do the very best that you can, in the things you do best, and you will know in thy soul, that you are the greatest success in the world.

--Og Mandino

I will laugh at the world. And most of all, I will laugh at myself for man is most comical when he takes himself too seriously.

--Og Mandino

And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.

--Og Mandino

Take great comfort in knowing that ALL great feats are accomplished one small step at a time.

--Og Mandino

I will persist until I succeed. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.

--Og Mandino

Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all.

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Wealth, my son, should never be your goal in life. Your words are eloquent but they are mere words. True wealth is of the heart, not of the purse.

--Og Mandino

You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame and self-pity. There is a better way to live.

--Og Mandino

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along.

--Og Mandino

Longer Version:

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!


The great difference between those who succeed and those who fail does not consist in the amount of work done by each but in the amount of intelligent work.

--Og Mandino


Few things are necessary to make the wise man happy while no amount of material wealth would satisfy a fool. I am not a fool.

--Og Mandino

I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat; for they are the words of fools.

--Og Mandino

Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find tomorrow on the calendars of fools.

--Og Mandino

The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish good results while the strongest, by dispersing his effort over many chores, may fail to accomplish anything.

--Og Mandino

I am rare, and there is value in all rarity; therefore, I am valuable.

--Og Mandino

Why do we continue to breed little minds who can find no recompense for their own failures other than to belittle and mock the talents, even the dress, of others? When will everyone realize that we are all equal in the eyes of God?

--Og Mandino

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.

--Og Mandino

Longer Version:

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your dreams.


Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it.

--Og Mandino

Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat... Never take yourself too seriously.

--Og Mandino

The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

--Og Mandino

You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity and the sour sound of whining.

--Og Mandino

Each day will be triumphant only when your smiles bring forth smiles from others.

--Og Mandino

A smile remains the most inexpensiv gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms.

--Og Mandino

Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.

--Og Mandino

I will become a firefly and even in the day my glow will be seen in spite of the sun. Let others be as butterflies who preen their wings yet depend on the charity of a flower for life.

--Og Mandino

Remember that the most difficult tasks are consummated, not by a single explosive burst of energy or effort, but by the constant daily application of the best you have within you.

--Og Mandino

Success and rest don't sleep together.

--Og Mandino

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.

--Og Mandino

Longer Version:

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.


Victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.

--Og Mandino

We are unhappy because we no longer have our self esteem. We are unhappy, because we no longer believe we are a special miracle, a special creation of God. We have lost faith in ourselves.

--Og Mandino

Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.

--Og Mandino

Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.

--Og Mandino

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist.

--Og Mandino

Longer Version:

So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.


Each misfortune you encounter will carry in it the seed of tomorrow's good luck.

--Og Mandino

Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity.

--Og Mandino

Longer Version:

Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday.


Action will destroy your procrastination.

--Og Mandino

Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.

--Og Mandino

If I persist long enough I will win.

--Og Mandino

It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.

--Og Mandino

Longer Version:

It is those who concentrates on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality.


Love doesn't sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread: remade all the time, made new.

--Og Mandino

You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home.

--Og Mandino

There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.

--Og Mandino

I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.

--Og Mandino

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

--Og Mandino

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.

--Og Mandino

The person who knows one thing and does it better than anyone else, even if it only be the art of raising lentils, receives the crown he merits. If he raises all his energy to that end, he is a benefactor of mankind and its rewarded as such.

--Og Mandino

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.

--Og Mandino

Longer Version:

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better... or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.


Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.

--Og Mandino

Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished.

--Og Mandino

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