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How to Succeed

Orison Swett Marden

Book Overview: 

In this volume, Orison Swett Marden explains the road to success in simple terms for the benefit of anyone, who wishes to follow in his footsteps.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .they have risen from the depths of truth, and formed their broad surfaces above the ocean by the minutest accretions of persevering labor. The conceptions of Michael Angelo would have perished like a night's phantasy, had not his industry given them permanence."

Salvini contributes the following to the Century as to his habits of study before he had established himself as a past master of tragedy: "I imposed upon myself a new method of study. While I was busying myself with the part of Saul, I read and reread the Bible, so as to become impregnated with the appropriate sentiments, manners and local color. When I took up Othello, I pored over the history of the Venetian Republic and that of the Moorish invasion of Spain. I studied the passions of the Moors, their art of war, their religious beliefs, nor did I overlook the romance of Giraldi Cinthio, in order the better to master that sublime character. I did not concern myself about a superficial study of the words. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"Chalk yer bobbins." ;) You'll have to read the book to find out the significance of that statement. A simple secret so profound it saved a company millions.
Finish what you start. Follow through. Pay attention to the little details that affect the major things (the things other people ignore). Do w

Outdated, for sure, with a bit too much moral compass built in, but worth reading just for the great quotes. Also, it's always great to go back to basics now and then, in terms of how to be a better person, and this book is great for that.

Love Mr. Marden, again and again he points out how little things can build great things.
How Poor boys and girls by grit and determination, made the most of themselves.
Reading by Candles--Walking in the snow using newspaper for shoes to get books.
Industry, and Ingenuity are your bestfriends

A great book by Swett Marden

"First of all," replied the boy James A. Garfield, when asked what he meant to be, "I must make myself a man; if I do not succeed in that, I can succeed in nothing."

There is power lying latent everywhere, waiting for the observant eye to discover it.

The gods sell anything

When I first started reading this book I could not get by the first couple of pages when I had to check as to when it was written because Marden once again describes America as it is today or at least almost as it is today but it WAS WRITTEN IN 1896. This just proves that HISTORY DOES REPEAT ITSELF

This book shocked me.

I wasn't seeking wisdom exactly. I was merely curious. Is today's advice the same as yesterday? Would authors from a century ago agree with the new breed, or do they proffer other ideas?

The pages contain many quotes and historical examples from all over the world. There's not mu

It seemed to me that this book consists of mainly other people's quotes. It wasn't a bad book and I can see how it motivates, I just wanted more from the author.

Very uplifting book and worths every single second spent on it

I will add a full review this weekend. For now I will say that overall I enjoyed reading this book and there was a great deal of beneficial information.

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