Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude

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Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude (1960) by W. Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill


  • This book is dedicated to Andrew Carnegie whose motto was "Anything in life worth having is worth working for!" and to THE MOST IMPORTANT LIVING PERSON.
    • Dedication Page
  • "Don't ever let me hear you say that it is God's Will that we are poor. We are poor — not because of God."
    • Quoting the mother of Samuel B. Fuller, in Ch. 1 : Meet the Most Important Living Person.
  • There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference! The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
    • Ch. 18 : Can You Attract Happiness?
  • One of the surest ways to find happiness for yourself is to devote your energies toward making someone else happy. Happiness is an elusive, transitory thing. And if you set out for it, you willl find it evasive. But if you try to bring happiness to someone else, then it comes to you.
    • Ch. 18 : Can You Attract Happiness?

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  • If you know what you want you are more apt to recognize it when you see it.
  • Unless your goal is against the laws of God or society , you can achieve it. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by trying. Success is attained and maintained by those who keep trying with PMA.
    • PMA was an abbreviation of Postive Mental Attitude used throughout the book. Chapter one
  • What you try for is up to you.
  • Every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
  • You can change your world.
  • Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.
  • I feel healthy! I feel happy! I feel terrific!
    • A daily mantra Stone recommended for positive self-suggestion.
  • No matter who you are you can have a Magnificent Obsession.
  • Be a part of a great cause!
  • A Magnificent Obsession will conquer despite the obstacles that stand in its way!
  • You live longer with a Magnificent Obsession!
  • The price of ignorance is sin, sickness and death.
  • You are what you think.