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The purpose of this book—a purpose to which I have faithfully devoted over a quarter of a century—is to presents to all who want the knowledge, the most dependable philosophy through which individuals may accumulate riches in whatever amounts they desire.

I have here analyzed the economic advantages of the capitalistic system for the two-fold purpose of showing:

  1. That all who seek riches must recognize and adapt themselves to the system that controls all approaches to fortunes, large or small, and
  2. to present the side of the picture opposite to that being shown by politicians and demagogues who deliberately becloud the issues they bring up, by referring to organized capital as if it were something poisonous.

This is a capitalistic country, it was developed through the use of capital, and we who claim the right to partake of the blessings of freedom and opportunity, we who seek to accumulate riches here, may as well know that neither riches nor opportunity would be available to us if organized capital had not provided these benefits.

~ Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich (1937)


The principles of control for a large force are the same as for a small one; the essential factor is how they are divided up. Deploying a large army in battle is just like deploying a small one; it is a matter of formation and communication. To hold an entire army unbroken in the face of enemy attack is achieved by use of both the oblique and the direct. To make the force of your army’s attack like a grindstone crushing an egg, you must master the substantial and the insubstantial.

~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Man is always the master, even in his weaker and most abandoned state: but in his weakness and degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns his “household.” When he begins to reflect upon his condition, and to search diligently for the Law upon which his being is established, he then becomes the wise master, directing his energies with intelligence, and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. Such is the conscious master, and man can only thus become by discovering within himself the laws of thought; which discovery is totally a matter of application, self-analysis, and experience.

~ James Allen – As A Man Thinketh (1903)


Strong, deeply rooted desire is the starting point of all achievement. Just as the electron is the last unit of matter discernable to the scientist, DESIRE is the seed of all achievement: the starting place, back of which there is nothing, or at least there is nothing of which we have any knowledge.

A definite chief aim, which is only another name for DESIRE, would be meaningless unless based upon a deeply seated, strong desire for the object of the chief aim. Many people “wish” for many things, but a wish is not the equivalent of a strong DESIRE, and therefore wishes are of little or no value unless they are crystallized into the more definite form of DESIRE.

~ Napoleon Hill, The Law of Success (1928)

Christ promoted peace by giving us assurance that a line of communication can be established between the Father above and the child below. And who will measure the consolation that has been brought to troubled hearts by the hour of prayer?

~ William Curtis Stiles, Excuse Me (1898)

The small man flies into a rage over the slightest criticism, but the wise man is eager to learn from those who have censured him and reproved him and “disputed the passage with him.” Walt Whitman put it this way: “Have you learned lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who rejected you, and braced themselves against you, or disputed the passage with you?”

~ James F. Bender, The Technique of Executive Leadership (1950)

The Art of Staying Young.

The art of staying young depends upon staying youthful on the inside, in mind, heart and spirit, in defiance of wrinkles and gray hairs on the outside. The Fountain of Youth is within you!

Staying young is an inside matter. Your body grows old, but your body is not you. “We do not count a man’s years,” wrote Emerson, “until he has nothing else to count.”

Stay young by continuing to grow. You do not grow old, you become old by not growing.

Stay young by hanging on to your dreams. A philosopher writes: “There is not much to do but bury a man when the last of his dreams is dead.”

~ Wilferd A. Peterson, The Art of Living (1961)

How can I handle a sensitive executive who needs improvement in his personal appearances?

This is relatively easy. I find that people accept criticism of material things easier than they’ll accept criticism of their personalities.

One of the best ways to handle the problem is through the process of what we psychologists call “identification.” If your executive can identify himself with you—by being seen with you, by doing the things you do, by wearing the kind of clothes you wear—he can lift his sights and change his self-image and the image he presents to associates and subordinates.

~ Mortimer R. Feinberg, Ph.D., Effective Psychology For Mangers, (1965)

When you are right, let’s try to win people gently and tactfully to our way of thinking, and when we are wrong—and that will be surprisingly often, if we are honest with ourselves—let’s admit our mistakes quickly and with enthusiasm. Not only will that technique produce astonishing results; but, believe it or not, it is a lot more fun, under the circumstances, than trying to defend oneself.

Remember the old proverb: “By fighting you never get enough, but by yielding you get more than you expected.”

Principle 3: If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.

~ Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People, (1936)

The leader, because he is ordinarily an extrovert, needs to be particularly versed in the temperament pattern of the introvert. Being opposites in so many characteristics, introverts and extroverts often understand each other too easily.

Understanding ourselves and our opposites in temperament certainly makes for better human relations.

~ James F. Bender, The Technique of Executive Leadership (1950)