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George Matthew Adams quotes

1878 - 1962, American newspaper columnist

If you have nothing else to do, look about you and see if there isn't something close
at hand that you can improve. It may make you wealthy, though it is more likely that it
will make you happy.
George Matthew Adams

It is no disgrace to start all over. It is usually an opportunity.
George Matthew Adams

If we had no regard for others' feelings or fortune we would grow cold and indifferent to
life itself.
George Matthew Adams

There is no such thing as a "self-made" man. We are made up of thousands of others.
Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement
to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our
George Matthew Adams

He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day... needs to reorganize his life.
George Matthew Adams

Enthusiasm is a kind of faith that has been set afire.
George Matthew Adams

We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think we can! Every great
achievement in this world was first carefully thought out. Think - but to a purpose. Think
contructively. Think as you read. Think as you listen. Think as you travel and your eyes
reveal new situations. Think as you work daily at your desk, or in the field, or while strolling.
Think to rise and improve your place in life. There can be no advancement or success
without serious thought.
George Matthew Adams

Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is
necessary to suggest that one should never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.
George Matthew Adams

The organized person makes the most of his time and goes to his bed for the night perfectly
relaxed for rest and renewal.
George Matthew Adams

Each day can be one of triumph if you keep up your interests.
George Matthew Adams

Everyone knows that weeds eat out the life of the garden and of the productive fields. The
gardener and farmer alike each has to keep the weeding process alive. It's like that in the
building and developing of character. No one knows our own faults and tendencies better than
we do ourselves, so that it is up to each one of us to keep the weeds out, and to keep all
growth vigorous and fruitful.
George Matthew Adams

There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through
encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man
or woman may be, each hungers for applause.
George Matthew Adams

It's what each of us sows, and how, that gives to us character and prestige. Seeds of
kindness, goodwill, and human understanding, planted in fertile soil, spring up into deathless
friendships, big deeds of worth, and a memory that will not soon fade.
George Matthew Adams

We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think that we can.
George Matthew Adams

Each day of your life, as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, you can square away for
a happy and successful day. It's the mood and the purpose at the inception of each day that
are the important facts in charting your course for the day.
George Matthew Adams

One reason why men and women lose their heads so often is that they use them so little!
It is the same with everything. If we have anything that is valuable, it must be put to some
sort of use. If a man's muscles are neglected, he soon has none, or rather none worth
mentioning. The more the mind is used the more flexible it becomes, and the more it takes
upon itself new interests.
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What you think means more than anything else in your life. More than what you earn, more
than where you live, more than your social position, and more than what anyone else may
think about you.
George Matthew Adams

In this life we get only those things for which we hunt for which we strive and for which we
are willing to sacrifice.
George Matthew Adams