Conrad Hilton quotes
1887-1979, American hotelier, founder of the Hilton Hotels
Don't ever quit. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep
moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
Enthusiasm is a vital element toward the individual success of every man or woman.
There's a vastness here and I believe that the people who are born here breathe that
vastness into their soul. They dream big dreams and think big thoughts, because there is
nothing to hem them in.
I know when I have a problem and have done all I can: thinking, figuring, planning, I keep
listening in a sort of inside silence until something clicks and I feel a right answer.
There is a natural law, a Divine law, that obliges you and me to relieve the suffering, the
distressed and the destitute.
Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.
The practice of charity will bind us... will bind all men in one great brotherhood.
As the funds you will expend have come from many places in the world, so let there be no
territorial, religious, or color restrictions on your benefactions, but beware of organized,
professional charities with high-salaried executives and a heavy ratio of expense.
The type of dreaming that appeals to me has nothing to do with reverie, an idle daydream. It
isn't wishful thinking. Nor is it the type of revelation reserved for the great ones and rightly
called vision. What I speak of is a brand of imaginative thinking backed up by enthusiasm,
vitality, expectation, to which all men may aspire.
The whole of America went through that great Depression. And on each of us it left a mark.
For me the heights had bred vision and confidence. But it was in the valley that I learned true
humility - found that when everything material failed faith remained the only gilt-edged
Think big. Act big. Dream big.
In my Bible it doesn't say that money is the root of all evil, but the "love of" money. I believe
that to be true and I believe the exact same to be true about possessions.
I suppose I have been asked a hundred times how it feels to reach a high spot on one's
chosen mountain. Each time I have to pause and think, savor some of the pleasures and some
of the responsibilities. How does it feel? Well, for myself, I am sometimes completely surprised.
At others I am tickled. And then I find that under it all, and constantly, I am deeply humble
and tremendously grateful.
My hotel philosophy agrees with that of Boswell as expressed in his Life of Dr. Johnson:
"There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is
produced as by a good tavern or inn."
The yardstick for measuring success would seem to be not how much a man gets as how
much he has to give away.
To accomplish big things I am convinced you must first dream big dreams. True, it must be in
line with progress, human and divine, or you are wasting your prayer. It has to be backed by
work and faith, or it has no hands and feet. Maybe there's even an element of luck mixed in.
But I am sure now that, without this master plan, you have nothing.
There is no such thing as being "a little bit enthusiastic." You either are or aren't. If you
aren't you face failure and boredom. You can't take it by the spoonful.
What is this thing - success?
It cannot be measured by the accumulation of money. Too many rich men are failures and
too many poor men masters at the art of living to make this the criterion.
Did you ever think what can happen to a plain bar of iron, worth about $5.00? The same iron
when made into horseshoes is worth $10.50. If made into needles, it is worth $3,250.85, and
if turned into balance springs for watches its value jumps to $250,000.
To be haunted by past failures or satisfied with past successes is to arrest forward motion.
Everyone faces hardships along their chosen path. What carries them through? Makes them
work and pray with no thought of quitting? Enthusiasm!
The whole purpose of democracy is for the participation of the individual. The will of the
people. You cannot have "government of the people, by the people, for the people" without
the active participation of those people.
The successful life is a balanced life and includes thought, action, rest, recreation.
A very poor Greek once applied for a job as janitor in a bank of Athens. "Can you write?"
demanded the discriminating head of emloyment. "Only my name," said the fellow. He didn't
get the job - so he borrowed the money to travel steerage to the United States, the Land of
Opportunity. Many years later an important Greek businessman held a press conference in his
beautiful Wall Street offices. At the conclusion an enterprising reporter said, "You should
write your memoirs." The gentleman smiled. "Impossible," he said, "I cannot write." The
reporter was astounded. "Just think," he remarked, "how much further you would have gone if
you could." The Greek shook his head. "If I could write," he said, "I'd be a janitor."
The true fruits of successful living are not material. They are contentment, the joy of
usefulness, growth through the fulfillment of our particular talent. Viewed this way God is
always on the side of success for the objective is fulfilling a talent He gave, and which He will
support and maintain.
Peace is more than the absence of war. It is a tranquility of order, it is security, liberty -
religious, political and economic freedom. It is life with honor, life with the dignity of the
children of God.