Motivational Monday: Quotations from a Timeless Motivator

Welcome to Motivational Monday! Quotations motivate people—even, or especially, on Mondays! Many people collect quotations because these succinct turns of phrase pack powerful messages, often distilling big ideas into compact summaries that “say it all” for the rest of us. At Teacher Peach, we adore quotations, collect them, and have them hanging all over our offices. From the nicely framed to the randomly scribbled sticky note, quotations keep us going. What better way to kick of the week on Motivational Monday than to select a few special ones to share?

As the Teacher Peach team searched for quotes this week, we discovered an often-quoted author whose quotations continue to be relevant today, though younger people may be less familiar with the writings of this most prolific author—and so much more—Dale Carnegie. In fact, we polled the under-40 set in our own office and none of these up-and-comers had even heard of Dale Carnegie! So, we decided it was high time to introduce Dale Carnegie to these “Who’s Dale?” Millennials though a few quotations.

As we embark on this busy pre-Thanksgiving Motivational Monday, and in honor of his birthday tomorrow, Teacher Peach has selected three powerful and motivating quotations from Dale Carnegie to share. One of the most famous motivational speakers and an early champion of the genre, Carnegie was an extremely inspiring orator. Born on November 24, 1888, Dale Carnegie worked hard to be able to afford to become a teacher. (He actually had to live at home while attending the State Teacher’s College in Warrensburg because he could not afford the one-dollar room and board at school.)

Dale Carnegie worked to become a powerful teacher, speaker, leader, and author. He wrote many motivating books on salesmanship, self-improvement, and training, including How to Win Friends and Influence People, written in 1936 and still being sold today in over 31 languages today. Talk about a teacher in action. He’d have made quite a splash at a Ted Talk!

Even though Carnegie died sixty years ago in 1955, there is enormous relevance to his many timeless words of wisdom. Dale Carnegie articulated his distillations long before the Internet, today’s sales support systems, and online learning platforms. Dale Carnegie believed people connect to people. This is no less, and possibly even more, true and important in today’s fast-paced world. So take a look at a few of these quotations. Some you may have heard. (“He’s the guy who said that?”) Others will simply make perfectly logical sense and resonate. In any case, these are sure to give a jumpstart to your Motivational Monday.

Check out these links to learn more about Dale Carnegie.

Enjoy these quotations and feel free to share them, pin them, and add them to your own collections. Let us know which quotation you like best. Post a few of your own favorites, too. We’re always on the lookout for readers’ favorite quotes to add to our PeachQuotes Studio™. Stay tuned for more quotes as the holiday season heats up.

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