The man who is believed to have influenced more people into success than anyone in history, Napoleon Hill, was an outstanding American author who wrote the groundbreaking self-help book Think and Grow Rich.

Hill is widely known as the father of personal success. His ideas and books have helped millions of people achieve their goals for decades. Napoleon Hill has dedicated twenty five years of his life exploring the reason behind people’s failure. Through his studies, he concluded that it is often our fear and selfishness that holds us back from chasing what we want.

From the thoughts and research of one of America’s most beloved motivational authors, here are 17 Napoleon Hill quotes to motivate you to think big and redefine your life:


The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.

Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.

Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.

The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.

When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity – regardless of what others may do – you are destined for greatness.

A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.

Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.


Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.

Most so called failures are only temporary defeats.

Awake, arise, and assert yourself, you dreamers of the world. Your star is now in ascendancy.

It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind.

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.

Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrive.”