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Quotes of Zig Ziglar

Updated on December 9, 2010

Zig Ziglar

About Zig Ziglar

I'll be quick, because, frankly, I don't know much about Zig Ziglar. Here is some basic knowledge I got from Wikipedia:

Zig was born in Alabama, the tenth of twelve children. In 1931, when Zig was five years old, his father accepted a management position at a Mississippi farm, so their family moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi. He spent much of his early childhood here. In 1932 his father died of a stroke. His younger sister died two years later.

Zig served in the Navy during World War II for around 2 years, while participating in the V-12 Navy College Training Program, attending the University of South Carolina.

He met his wife, Jeane, on September 15, 1944 at the YWCA in Jackson, Mississippi when he was 17 and she was 16. They married in late 1946.

He later worked as a salesman in many different companies. He became a vice president training director for the Automotive Performance company, moving to Dallas, Texas, in 1968.

Ziglar went into the business of motivational speaking full-time in 1970, with emphasis on Christian values. Until then, he had called himself by his given name, Hilary, but now started to use his nickname, Zig, instead.

Despite a fall down a flight of stairs in 2007 that left him with short-term memory problems, Ziglar currently still travels around taking part in motivational seminars.


"I'm so optimistic I'd go after Moby Dick in a rowboat and take the tartar sauce with me." - Zig Ziglar

"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now" - Zig Ziglar


"There are seldom, if ever, any hopeless situations, but there are many people who lose hope in the dave of some situations." - Zig Ziglar

"Character gets you out of bed; commitment moves you to action. Faith, hope, and discipline enable you to follow through to completion." - Zig Ziglar

"The door to a balanced success opens widest on the hinges of hope and encouragement." - Zig Ziglar


"The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job." - Zig Ziglar

"It is easy enough to get to the top once you get through the crowd at the bottom." - Zig Ziglar

"The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won't work - if you won't." - Zig Ziglar

"Discipline yourselft to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them!" - Zig Ziglar

"Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there. Make motivation a habit and you will get there more quickly and have more fun on the trip." - Zig Ziglar

"The basic goal-reaching principle is to understand that you go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will always be able to see farther." - Zig Ziglar

"What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination" - Zig Ziglar


"It's not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens you you." - Zig Ziglar

"You cannot tailor make the situations in life, but you can tailor make the attitudes to fit those situations before they arise." - Zig Ziglar

"When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others." - Zig Ziglar

"You can disagree without being disagreeable." - Zig Ziglar

"To respond is positive, to react is negative." - Zig Ziglar


"You cannot make it as a wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific." - Zig Ziglar

"You will make a lousy anybody else, but you will be the best "you" in existence." - Zig Ziglar

"You must manage yourself before you can lead someone else." - Zig Ziglar

"Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You're the only one who can do it permanently." - Zig Ziglar


"In you're sincere, praise is effective. If you're insincere, it's manipulative." - Zig Ziglar

"Everybody says they want to be free. Take the train off the tracks and it's free - but it can't go anywhere." - Zig Ziglar

"The more you express gratitude for what you have the more you will have to express gratitude for." - Zig Ziglar

"Duty makes us so things well, but love makes us do them beautifully." - Zig Ziglar

"It's not the situation, but whether we react (negative) or respond (positive) to the situation that's important." - Zig Ziglar

"Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days." - Zig Ziglar

"You've got to be before you can do, and do before you can have." - Zig Ziglar

"All of us perform better and more willingly when we know why we're doing what we have been told or asked to do." - Zig Ziglar

"Money will buy you a bed, but not a good night's sleep, a house but not a home, a companion but not a friend." - Zig Ziglar

"You don't drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there." - Zig Ziglar

"Remember, you can earn more money, but when time is spent it is gone forever." - Zig Ziglar


"If standard of living os your major objective, quality of life almost never improves, but if quality of life is your number one objective, your standard of living almost always improves." - Zig Ziglar

"If people like you they'll listen to you, but if they trust you they'll do business with you." - Zig Ziglar

"Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." - Zig Ziglar

"When a company or an individual compromises one time, whether it's on price or principle, the next compromise is right around the corner." - Zig Ziglar

"What you do off the job is the determining factor in how far you will go on the job." - Zig Ziglar

"You build a successful career, regardless of your field of endeavor, by the dozens of little things you do on and off the job." - Zig Ziglar

"When you exercise your freedom to express yourself at the lowest level, you ultimately condemn yourself to live at that level." - Zig Ziglar

"When we do more than we are paid to do, eventually we will be paid more for what we do." - Zig Ziglar

"What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind." - Zig Ziglar

" You can get everything money will buy without a lick of character, but you can't get any of the things money won't buy - happiness, joy, peace of mind, winning relationships, etc., without character." - Zig Ziglar


"Some people find fault like there is a reward for it." - Zig Ziglar

"Far too many people have no idea of what they can do because all they have been told is what they can't do. They don't know what they want because they don't know what's available for them." - Zig Ziglar

"You were born to win, but to be the winner you were born to be you must plan to win and prepare to win. Then and only then can you legitimately expect to win." - Zig Ziglar

"When your image improves, your performance improves." - Zig Ziglar

"It's not what you know, it's what you use that makes a difference." - Zig Ziglar

"Success is not measured by what you do compared to what others do, it is measured by what you do with the ability God gave you." - Zig Ziglar

"Before you change your thinking, you have to change what goes into your mind." - Zig Ziglar

"You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind." - Zig Ziglar

"Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember - the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you." - Zig Ziglar


"Too many people spend more time planning how to get the job than on how to become productive and successful in that job." - Zig Ziglar

"The price of success is much lower than the price of failure." - Zig Ziglar

"Remember there is plenty of room at the top - but not enough to sit down." - Zig Ziglar

"Selling is essentially a transference of feeling." - Zig Ziglar

"If you will pump long enough, hard enough, and enthusiastically enough, sooner or later the effort will bring forth the reward." - Zig Ziglar

"Ability is important in our quest for success, but dependability is critical." - Zig Ziglar

In Closing

I hope some of these quotes help you or inspire you in some way. I know many of them inspired me. Thanks for reading!


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    • gaming guy profile imageAUTHOR

      gaming guy 

      7 years ago

      Thank you escapethematrix!

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      8 years ago from Lindon, UT

      Nice collection! I have always been a fan of Zig, thanks for putting this together. The bio was interesting too.


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