I keep this book in my car and when I am having a bad day I just start reading. Not only does it teach you how to deal with people in all aspects of your life but... it also has the ability to lift you up (well at least it does that for me)!
Here is just a small sample of the great quotes in this book:
- Control your temper. Remember, you can measure the size of a person by what makes him or her angry.
- Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
- The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel themselves superior to you in some way, and a sure way to their hearts is to let them realize in some subtle way that you recognize their importance, and recognize it sincerely.
- Whenever you go out-of-doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every handclasp. Do not fear being misunderstood and do not waste a minute thinking about your enemies. Try to fix firmly in your mind what you would like to do; and then, without veering off direction, you will move straight to the goal. Keep your mind on the great and splendid things you would like to do, and then, as the days go gliding away, you will find yourself unconsciously seizing upon the opportunities that are required for the fulfillment of your desire. (Advice from Elbert Hubbard)
- Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.
- The world is full of people who are grabbing and self-seeking. So the rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage. He has little competition.
- Do you know someone you would like to change and regulate and improve? Good! That is fine. I am all in favor of it, But why not begin on yourself? From a purely selfish standpoint, that is a lot more profitable than trying to improve others - yes, and a lot less dangerous.
- The expression one wears on one's face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one's back.
- The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.
- You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.