42 of The Most Powerful Quotes By Earl Nightingale

Who Is Earl Nightingale?

Earl Nightingale was an American author, radio broadcaster and motivational speaker. He is best known for the inspirational quote “We become what we think about” and for reminding people about just how powerful their thoughts and beliefs are.

Some of the most famous quotes by Earl Nightingale touch on the topics of the enormous power that lies within us, the importance of having a solid goal, taking action, serving others and doing what you love.

Below you will find a list of quotes by Earl Nightingale that have inspired us over time. Be sure to check out the final quote we have listed as we think it sums it all up very  nicely and inspires action!


Earl Nightingale Quotes


“We become what we think about.” Earl Nightingale


“Everything you and I will ever have will come to us as the result of the way we use our minds, the one thing we possess that makes us different from all other creatures.” Earl Nightingale


“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become reality.” Earl Nightingale


“It is not what happens to you in life that makes the difference. It is how you react to each circumstance you encounter that determines the result. Every human being in the same situation has the possibilities of choosing how he will react – either positively or negatively.” Earl Nightingale


“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” Earl Nightingale


“Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity, and opportunity is there all the time.” Earl Nightingale


“Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.” Earl Nightingale


“Every one of us is the sum total of his own thoughts.” Earl Nightingale


“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.” Earl Nightingale


“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


“We tend to live up to our expectations.” Earl Nightingale


“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightingale


“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” Earl Nightingale


“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.” Earl Nightingale


“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” Earl Nightingale


“People who have goals succeed because they know where they’re going. It’s that simple.” Earl Nightingale


“When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.” Earl Nightingale


“We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it.” Earl Nightingale


“You are now, and you do become, what you think about.” Earl Nightingale


“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” Earl Nightingale


“A person who does not read is no better than one who cannot read.” Earl Nightingale


“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice… it is conformity.” Earl Nightingale


“Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; wherever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable.” Earl Nightingale


“No man can get rich himself unless he enriches others.” Earl Nightingale


“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.” Earl Nightingale


Earl Nightingale on The Importance of Having a Goal (& Acting On It)


“The only person who succeeds is the person who is progressively realizing a worthy ideal. It’s the person who says, “I’m going to become this and then progressively works toward that goal.” Earl Nightingale


“1. Give yourself a definite goal. 2. Quit running yourself down. 3. Stop thinking of all the reasons you cannot be successful and instead, think of all the reasons why you can. 4. Trace your attitudes back through your childhood and try to discover where you first got the idea you couldn’t be successful – if that’s the way you’ve been thinking. 5. Change the attitude you have of yourself by writing out the description of the person you’d like to be. 6. Act the part of the successful person you have decided to become.” Earl Nightingale


“Work never killed anyone. It’s worry that does the damage. And the worry would disappear if we’d just settle down and do the work.” Earl Nightingale


“There is a time when one must decide either to risk everything to fulfill one’s dreams or sit for the rest of one’s life in the backyard.” Earl Nightingale


“Think about your goal in a relaxed, positive way. Picture yourself in your mind’s eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you will be doing when you have reached your goal.” Earl Nightingale


“But most people live a life of quiet mediocrity and never achieve the success they truly desire because they get impatient. They want easy success or none at all. They see the path to success as a frustration, an impediment. Each day spent short of the ultimate goal is viewed as a time of failure and as an annoyance. As such, they get distracted by hundreds of little things that each day try to get us off our course. Yet the successful among us know the truth.” Earl Nightingale


“Ideas are worthless unless we act on them.” Earl Nightingale


Earl Nightingale on What’s Most Important


“Even if our home burns down we can rebuild it. But the things that we got for nothing, we can never replace.” Earl Nightingale


“Everything that’s really worthwhile in life came to us free; our mind, our soul, our body, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends. All these priceless possessions are free, but the things that cost us money are actually very cheap and can be replaced at any time.” Earl Nightingale


“One, you will become what you think about. Two, remember the word imagination. Let your mind soar. Three, courage. Concentrate on your goal everyday. Four, save 10 percent of what you earn and action. Ideas are worthless unless we act on them.” Earl Nightingale


“And the greatest teacher of them all, the carpenter from the plains of Galilee, gave us the Secret time and time again, “As ye believe, so shall it be done, unto you.” Earl Nightingale


Earl Nightingale on Success & Serving Others


“A success is anyone who is doing deliberately a worthy predetermined job, because that’s what he decided to do … deliberately.” Earl Nightingale


“Prosperity is founded upon a law of mutual exchange. Any person who contributes to prosperity must prosper, in turn, himself. Sometimes the return will not come from those you serve, but it must come to you from someplace, for that is the law.” Earl Nightingale


“We’ve got to put the fuel in before we can expect heat. Likewise, we’ve got to be of service first before we can expect money. Don’t concern yourself with the money. Be of service. Build. Work. Dream. Create. Do this and you’ll find that there is no limit to the prosperity and abundance that will come to you.” Earl Nightingale


“Ask, and it shall be given you. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, recieveth. And he that seeketh, findeth. And to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.” Earl Nightingale


“Successful people are not without problems. They’re simply people who’ve learned to solve their problems.” Earl Nightingale


One of the last quotes I wanted to leave you on today is one that sums up the beliefs of Earl Nightingale and the impact it can have on your life. All the best:


“Live this new way and the flood gates of abundance will open and pour over you more riches than you may have dreamed existed. Money, yes, lots of it, but what’s more important you’ll have peace. You’ll be in that wonderful minority who lead calm, cheerful successful lives. Start today. You have nothing to lose. But you have a life to win.” Earl Nightingale


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  1. EARL NIGHTINGALE WAS A GREAT TEACHER! I bought well over a thousand dollars of motivational material (cassette tapes) produced by Nightingale-Connant and still have most of them. The thoughts expressed in “The Strangest Secret” and “Acres of Diamonds” plus the speeches by Dr. Ken McFarland are still serving me well at age 86.

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