Quotes from “How to Stop Worrying and start Living” by Dale Carnegie

Seven Ways To Cultivate A Mental Attitude That Will Bring You Peace And Happiness

RULE 1: Let’s fill our minds with thoughts of peace, courage, health, and hope, for “our life is what our thoughts make it”.

RULE 2: Let’s never try to get even with our enemies, because if we do we will hurt ourselves far more than we hurt them. Let’s do as General Eisenhower does: let’s never waste a minute thinking about people we don’t like.

A. Instead of worrying about ingratitude, let’s expect it. Let’s remember that Jesus healed ten lepers in one day—and only one thanked Him. Why should we expect more gratitude than Jesus got?
B. Let’s remember that the only way to find happiness is not to expect gratitude—but to give for the joy of giving.
C. Let’s remember that gratitude is a “cultivated” trait; so if we want our children to be grateful, we must train them to be grateful.

RULE 4: Count your blessings—not your troubles!

RULE 5: Let’s not imitate others. Let’s find ourselves and be ourselves, for “envy is ignorance” and “imitation is suicide”.

RULE 6: When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make a lemonade.

RULE 7: Let’s forget our own unhappiness—
When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make a lemonade.
Let’s remember that the only way to find happiness is not to expect gratitude, but to give
“You can be cured in fourteen days if you follow this prescription. Try to think every day how you can please someone.”
wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. “Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means
lose by giving up the job I despised. I wasn’t interested in making a lot of money, but I was interested in making a lot of living
RULE 1: If you want to avoid worry, do what Sir William Osier did: Live in “day-tight compartments”. Don’t stew about the future. Just live each day until bedtime.

RULE 2: The next time Trouble—with a capital T—comes gunning for you and backs you up in a corner, try the magic formula of Willis H. Carrier:
1. Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can’t solve my problem?”
2. Prepare yourself mentally to accept the worst—if necessary.
3. Then calmly try to improve upon the worst—which you have already mentally agreed to accept.

RULE 3: Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health. “Business men who do not know how to fight worry die young.”

The most relaxing recreating forces are a healthy religion, sleep, music, and laughter.
Have faith in God—learn to sleep well—
Love good music—see the funny side of life—
And health and happiness will be yours.
By all means take thought for the tomorrow, yes, careful thought and planning and preparation.
Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.
To break the worry habit, here is Rule 1:

Keep busy. The worried person must lose himself in action, lest he wither in despair.
4. What solution do you suggest?
1. What is the problem?

2. What is the CAUSE of the problem?

3. What are all possible solutions to the problem?
(“In the old days, one man in the conference would suggest one solution. Someone else would argue with him. Tempers would flare. We would often get clear off the subject, and at the end of the conference no one would have written down all the various things we could do to attack the problem.)

Question 4: What solution do you suggest?
Question 3: What are all possible solutions of the problem?
Question 2: What is the cause of the problem?
Question 1: What is the problem?
Alexis Carrel as saying: “Business men who do not know how to fight worry die young.”
hey even reach forty-five. What price success! And they aren’t even buying success! Can any man possibly be a success who is paying for business advancement with stomach ulcers and heart trouble? What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world—and loses his health? Even if he owned the whole world, he could sleep in only one bed at a time and eat only three meals a day. Even a ditch-digger can do that—and probably sleep more soundly and enjoy his food more than a high-powered executive. Frankly, I would rather be a share-cropper down in Alabama with a banjo on my knee than wreck my health at forty-five by trying to run a railroad or a cigarette company.
was being driven half mad not by today’s problems but by the bitterness and anxiety over something that had happened yesterday or that I feared might happen tomorrow
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