Even though it was published in 1936, the main principles of this book hold true today. On top of that, many newer self help books seem to stem from this book. How to win friends and influence people is a straight forward, universe approach on how to carry yourself in business and life.
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• If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.
• “Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof, when your own doorstep is unclean.” -Confucius
• Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.
• Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, ‘I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.’
• “Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.” -General Obregon
• “I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
• The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back.
• Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.
• “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” -Shakespeare
• Control your temper. Remember, you can measure the size of a person by what makes him or her angry.
• If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.