If you hear a voice within you saying, “You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.
—Vincent van Gogh (1853–90) Dutch Painter
Self-suggestion makes you master of yourself.
—W. Clement Stone (1902–2002) American Self-help Guru, Entrepreneur
The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
—Confucius (551–479 BCE) Chinese Philosopher
He who would be useful, strong, and happy must cease to be a passive receptacle for the negative, beggarly, and impure streams of thought; and as a wise householder commands his servants and invites his guests, so must he learn to command his desires and to say, with authority, what thoughts he shall admit into the mansion of his soul.
—James Lane Allen (1849–1925) American Novelist, Short Story Writer
All causes are essentially mental, and whosoever comes into daily contact with a high order of thinking must take on some of it.
—Charles Fillmore (1854–1948) American New Thought Mystic
The more faithfully you listen to the voices within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.
—Dag Hammarskjold (1905–61) Swedish Statesman, UN Diplomat
Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.
—Napoleon Hill (1883–1970) American Author, Journalist, Attorney, Lecturer
A gentleman that loves to hear himself talk, will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.
—Deepak Chopra (b.1946) Indian-born American Physician, Public Speaker, Writer