20 Inspiring Quotes from “How To Stop Worrying And Start Living” by Dale Carnegie


In ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living,’ and Dale Carnegie introduces us to his philosophy and knowledge on how to stop worrying and start living over the following 300 pages or so.

When people attempt to combat anxiety, they frequently do so by attempting to eradicate the source of their stress. This makes perfect sense in principle, but in practice, the things we are most concerned about are frequently the things we cannot eliminate.

Is my employment suitable for me?

Will my son be alright?

Can we pay the rent for next month?

Dale Carnegie recommends in How to Stop Worrying and Start Living that we combat anxiety and rumination by altering our mental approach. 


Notable quotes

  • “When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.”
  • “Our thoughts make us what we are.”
  • “…the best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.”
  • “No matter what happens, always be yourself.”
  • “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
  • “Two men looked out from prison bars,
  • One saw the mud, the other saw stars.”
  • “Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember “Life is too short to be little”.”
  • “Today is our most precious possession. It is our only sure possession.”
  • “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.”
  • “You can sing only what you are. You can paint only what you are. You must be what your experiences, your environment, and your heredity have made you. For better or for worse, you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of 
  • “When I asked him -Mr. Henry Ford- if he ever worried, he replied: “No. I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe that everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?”
  • “if you want to keep happy, you have to share it !”
  • “Nobody kicks a dead dog”
  • “When the fierce, burning winds blow over our lives and we cannot prevent them-let we, too, accept the inevitable. And then get busy and pick up the pieces.”
  • “Think of your life as an hourglass. You know there are thousands of grains of sand on the top of the hourglass, and they all pass slowly and evenly through the narrow neck in the middle. Nothing you or I could do would make more than one grain of sand pass through this narrow neck without impairing the hourglass. You and I and everyone else are like this hourglass…if we do not take [tasks] one at a time and let them pass…slowly and evenly, then we are bound to break our own…structure.”
  • “Nobody is so miserable as he who longs to be somebody and something other than the person he is in body and mind.”
  • “Life is bigger than processes and overflows and dwarfs them.”