Earl Nightingale Quotes

1921 - 1989

Earl Nightingale was a motivational writer and author. He visited his local library in Long Beach Public Library in California searching for the answer to the question, "How can a person, starting from scratch, who has no particular advantage in the world, reach the goals that he feels are important to him, and by so doing, make a major contribution to others?"

His career started in the Marine Corps. His volunteer work at a local radio station paid off in later years when he and his wife moved first to Phoenix then Chicago to build what was to be a very successful career in network radio. He retired from radio and bought his own insurance company where he spent many hours motivating the sales agents to greater accomplishments. Before going on an extended vacation, his sales manager convinced him to put his inspirational words on record. This resulted in the recording entitled The Strangest Secret, which became a Gold Record - it sold over a million copies. As Steve King said, "Earl Nightingale never let a day go by that he didn't learn something new and, in turn, pass it on to others. It was his consuming passion."


To achieve happiness, we should make certain that we are never without an important goal.
Earl Nightingale
Happiness   |  


The key that unlocks energy is ''Desire". It's also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited.
Earl Nightingale
Passion   |  


Perseverance is another word for faith!
Earl Nightingale
Perseverance   |  


Now it stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because that's what he's thinking about - and we become what we think about. Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety, fear, and worry will become what he thinks about.
Earl Nightingale, How to Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds
Inspirational Quotes  |


You have only one and every working person, from the president of the largest corporation to the shoeshine boy, has the same boss. He is simply the customer.
Earl Nightingale, How to Please The Boss: Business Sales & Income
Customer Service   |  


For any problem, no matter how big or complex it may be, there is a solution. Earl Nightingale
For any problem, no matter how big or complex it may be, there is a solution.
Earl Nightingale, Business Life - 2 Amazing Ways to Solve Your Problems
Problem   |  


People can and do change.
Earl Nightingale
Words of Encouragement   |  


Without a goal we are much like the man with a boat and nowhere to go. Goals give us the drive and energy we need to remain on track long enough for their accomplishment.
Earl Nightingale
Accomplishment   |  


Don't take the attitude of waiting for people to be nice to you - be nice to them. Donít sit in front of a cold stove waiting for the heat. Put in the fuel. Act first
Earl Nightingale
Attitude   |  


Visualization is the human being's vehicle to the future - good, bad, or indifferent. It's strictly in our control.
Earl Nightingale
Future   |  


You are, at this moment, the sum total-of all your thoughts up to this point in your life.
Earl Nightingale
Positive Thinking   |  


In doing that which we most enjoy, we will probably make our most significant contribution to society, and the contribution we make to society determines our rewards.
Earl Nightingale
Joy   |  


Chance does not work. Only choice will work. Your choice!
Earl Nightingale
Choices   |  


If the grass is greener on the other side it's probably getting better care. Earl Nightingale
If the grass is greener on the other side it's probably getting better care.
Earl Nightingale
Funny Quotes about Life   |  


Success is a matter of sticking to a set of common sense principles anyone can master.
Earl Nightingale
Success   |  


Ideas are like slippery fish. They seem to have a peculiar knack of getting away from us. Because of this, the creative person always has a pad and a pencil handy. When he gets an idea, he writes it down. He knows that many people have found their whole lives changed by a single great thought. By capturing ideas immediately, he doesn't risk forgetting them.
Earl Nightingale, Creative People Win: How to Problem Solve by Mind
Change   |  


People often behave in a similar way. Habit patterns and ways of thinking become deeply established, and it seems easier and more comforting to follow them than to cope with change, even when that change may represent freedom, achievement, and success.
Earl Nightingale, Why Ninety-Five Fail, Only Five Succeed: Business Career Choices
Comfort Zone   |  


You see, the human mind is the last, great unexplored continent on Earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.
Earl Nightingale, How to Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds
Dream   |  


If a person is working toward a predetermined goal and knows where to go, then that person is successful. If a person does not know which direction they want to go in life, then that person is a failure.
Earl Nightingale
Failure   |  


Your rewards, all the years of your life, will be in precise proportion to your service. You are here to serve others, just as they serve you.
Earl Nightingale
Helping Others   |  


Luck is what happens 
when preparedness meets opportunity.  Earl Nightingale
Preparation for life is so important. Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity. Opportunity is all around us. Are you prepared?
Earl Nightingale
Opportunity   |  


Success is not the result of making money; making money is the result of success and success is in direct proportion to our service.
Earl Nightingale
Meaning of Wealth   |  


You are responsible for how your life turns out, and your attitude shapes that life for better or worse.
Earl Nightingale
Attitude   |  


The person with just one good idea is a thousand times better off than the person with no good ideas.
Earl Nightingale
The Birth of Ideas   |  

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