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Dorothea Brande

  • All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success.

  • The law of nature is: Do the thing and you shall have the power; but they who do not do the thing have not the power.

  • ... it is the sum of small things successfully done that lifts a life out of bondage to the humdrum.

  • Fiction supplies the only philosophy that many readers know; it establishes their ethical, social, and material standards; it confirms them in their prejudices or opens their minds to a wider world.

  • Old habits are strong and jealous.

  • Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.

    • Dorothea Brande
  • By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, you can begin acting successfully at any moment.

    • Dorothea Brande
  • Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion.

    • Dorothea Brande
  • Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.

    • Dorothea Brande
  • In the long run it makes little difference how cleverly others are deceived; if we are not doing what we are best equipped to do, or doing well what we have undertaken as our personal contribution to the world's work, at least by way of an earnestly followed avocation, there will be a core of unhappiness in our lives which will be more and more difficult to ignore as the years pass.

    • Dorothea Brande
  • There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.

    • Dorothea Brande
  • There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.

    • Dorothea Brande

Dorothea Brande, U.S. writer, critic

(1893 - 1948)

Full name: Dorothea Thompson Brande.