Dorothea Brande

Dorothea Brande (1893-1948) was a well respected writer and editor in New York

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A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.
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.
By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, you can begin acting successfully at any moment.
Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion.
So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs.
The author of genius does keep till his last breath the spontaneity, the ready sensitiveness, of a child, the "innocence of eye" that means so much to the painter, the ability to respond freshly and quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new; to see traits and characteristics as though each were new-minted from the hand of God instead of sorting them quickly into dusty categories and pigeon-holing them without wonder or surprise; to feel situations so immediately and keenly that the word "trite" has hardly any meaning for him; and always to see "the correspondences between things" of which Aristotle spoke two thousand years ago.
The most enviable writers are those who, quite often unanalytically and unconsciously, have realized that there are different facets to their nature and are able to live and work with now one, now another, in the ascendant.
The Wright brothers flew through the smoke screen of impossibility.
To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail.

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