The items in this section are from the book Dale Carnegie’s Scrapbook edited by his widow, Dorothy Carnegie in 1959.

You will recall that the white queen said: “The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday but never jam today” Most of us are like that – stewing about yesterday’s jam and worrying about tomorrow’s jam-instead of spreading today’s jam thick on our bread right now.

Dale Carnegie

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.

Victor Hugo

One of the hardest lessons we have to learn in this life, and one that many persons never learn, is to see the divine, the celestial, the pure in the common, the near at hand – to see that heaven lies about us here in this world.

John Burroughs

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

Faith is hidden household capital.

Johann W. V. Goethe

Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.

St. Augustine

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.


It need not discourage us if we are full of doubts. Healthy questions keep faith dynamic. In fact, unless we start with doubts we cannot have a deep rooted faith. One who believes lightly and unthinkingly has not much of a belief. He who has a faith which is not to be shaken has won it through blood and tears – has worked his way from doubt to truth as one who reaches a clearing through a thicket of brambles and thorns.

Helen Keller

Today is life – the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.

Dale Carnegie

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Matthew 7:7

I told God that I had done all that I could and that now the result was in his hands; that if this country was to be saved, it was because he so willed it! The burden rolled off my shoulders. My intense anxiety was relieved and in its place came a great trust fullness!

Abraham Lincoln

This day is too precious to be corroded by acid worries and vitriolic regrets. Keep your chin high and your thoughts sparkling, a mountain brook leaping in the spring sunshine. Seize the day. It will never come again.

Dale Carnegie

And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need his assistance? I have lived a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

Benjamin Franklin

The Years at the Spring,
And the days at the morn;
Mornings at seven;
The hillsides dew-pearled;
The larks on the wing;
The snails on the thorn;
God’s in his heaven –
All’s right with the world!

Robert Browning

I believe God is managing affairs and that he doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?

Henry Ford

A little philosophy inclined a man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy brings men’s minds about to religion.

Francis Bacon

Faith is one of the forces by which men live, and the total absence of it means collapse.

William James

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