Charles Haanel Quotes

This is a collection of Charles Haanel quotes. Firstly just on a personal note, I would have to say Haanel's Master Key System is probably my No.1 favourite motivational book at this moment.

Charles was a man way ahead of his time, the Master Key System is full of practical and motivational material on how we can harness the power of our thoughts and change our lives.

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Charles Haanel

Profile: Charles F Haanel was born 1866 in Arbor, Michigan, his first full-time job was as an office boy in the National Enamelling and Stamping Company and he worked there for 15 years.

Charles left the company to set up his own business, CF Haanel Publishing Company, and went on to be president of several other companies.

Not much is known about what his influences were, but in 1912, at the age of 46, he published the Master Key System, which is the reason he is considered by some to be 'the father of personal development'. Charles Haanel went on to write four more books.

Napoleon Hill once wrote him a letter in 1919 thanking him for the Master Key System, saying it contributed to his success. Charles died in 1949 age 83 and is buried in Bellefontaine cemetery.

A Top 10 List of
Motivational Charles F Haanel Quotes


"Growth follows knowledge;
action follows inspiration;
opportunity follows perception;
always the spiritual first, then the transformation into the infinite
and illimitable possibilities of achievement."

- Charles F Haanel


"Thought is energy.
Active thought is active energy;
concentrated thought is a concentrated energy.
Thought concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power."

- Charles F Haanel


"It is evident, therefore,
that all we have to do is let our light shine;
the more energy we can radiate;
the more rapidly shall we be enabled to transmute undesirable conditions
into sources of pleasure and profit."

- Charles F Haanel


"Power comes through repose;
it is in the silence that we cam be still,
and when we are still, we can think,
and thought is the secret of all attainment."

- Charles Haanel


"Imagination is the light by which we can penetrate
new worlds of thought and experience."

- Charles F Haanel


"The law of attraction will certainly and unerringly
bring to you the conditions, environment and experiences in life,
corresponding with your habitual, characteristic, predominant mental attitude. Not what you think about once in a while
when you are in church, or have just read a good book,
BUT your predominant mental attitude is what counts."

- Charles F Haanel


"By far the greatest discovery of all the centuries
is the power of thought."

- Charles F Haanel


"It is the combination of thought and love
which forms the irresistible force, called the law of attraction."

- Charles F Haanel


"Intuition usually comes in the silence;
great minds seek solitude frequently;
it is here that all the larger problems of life are worked out."

- Charles F Haanel


"The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance
is the price of success.
There are three steps, and each one is
absolutely essential.
You must first have the knowledge of your power;
second, the courage to dare;
third, the faith to do."

- Charles F Haanel

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All these Charles Haanel quotes are taken from his book the Master Key System, which was written over 100 years ago! This has been a source of inspiration to many of the motivational authors that came after, Napoleon Hill being the most prominent.

I hope you enjoyed these Charles Haanel quotes.

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I have no hesitation in recommending Haanel's Master Key System as it contains some beautiful truths on life and the power of our thoughts.

It's available to read and download for free on the web, but if you're like me you'll probably do both!

On Kindle

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