Memorable Quotes by Dr. Benjamin Carson

Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles,
but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles
as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If
you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the

“ Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we

“ Do your best and let God do the rest.

“ Successful people don’t have fewer problems. They have
determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.

“ Everyone in the world worth being nice to. Because God never
creates inferior human beings, each person deserves respect and

“ God has given us more than fourteen billion cells and
connections in our brain. Why would God give us such a
complex organ system unless he expects us to use it?

“ If you hear how wonderful you are often enough, you begin to
believe it, no matter how you try to resist it.

“ To THINK BIG and to use our talents doesn’t mean we won’t
have difficulties along the way. We will–we all do. If we choose
to see the obstacles in our path as barriers, we stop trying. “We
can’t win,” we moan. “They won’t let us win.

“ Tell the truth. If you tell the truth all the time you don’t have to
worry three months down the line about what you said three
months earlier. Truth is always the truth. You won’t have to
complicate your life by trying to cover up.

“ If we acknowledge our need for God, he will help us.

“ When I treat other people with kindness and love, it is part of my
way of paying my debt to God and the world for the privilege of
living on this planet.

“ Here is the treasure chest of the world – the public library, or a

“ It does not matter where we come from or what we look like. If
we recognize our abilities, are willing to learn and to use what
we know in helping others, we will always have a place in the

“ If we recognize our talents and use them appropriately, and
choose a field that uses those talents, we will rise to the top of
our field.

“ Knowledge is the key that unlocks all the doors. You can be
green-skinned with yellow polka dots and come from Mars, but
if you have knowledge that people need instead of beating you,
they’ll beat a path to your door.

“ We get out of life what we put into it. The way we treat others is
the way we ourselves get treated.“ Anyone who can’t learn from other people’s mistakes simply
can’t learn, and that;s all there is to it. There is value in the
wrong way of doing things. The knowledge gained from errors
contributes to our knowledge base.

“ God cares about every area of our lives, and God wants us to ask
for help.

“ First, we cannot overload the human brain. This divinely created
brain has fourteen billion cells. If used to the maximum, this
human computer inside our heads could contain all the
knowledge of humanity from the beginning of the world to the
present and still have room left over. Second, not only can we
not overload our brain – we also know that our brain retains
everything. I often use saying that “The brain acquires
everything that we encounter.” The difficulty does not come with
the input of information, but getting it out. Sometimes we “file”
information randomly of little importance, and it confuses us.

“ Reading activates and exercises the mind.
Reading forces the mind to discriminate. From the beginning,
readers have to recognize letters printed on the page, make them
into words, the words into sentences, and the sentences into
Reading pushes us to use our imagination and makes us more
creatively inclined.

“ If we commit ourselves to reading thus increasing our
knowledge, only God limits how far we can go in this world.

“ I have to come to realize that God does not want to punish us,
but rather, to fulfill our lives. God created us, loves us and wants
to help us to realize our potential so that we can be useful to

“ The doors of the world are opened to people who can read.

“ …I became acutely aware of an unusual ability–a divine gift, I
believe–of extraordinary eye and hand coordination. It’s my
belief that God gives us all gifts, special abilities that we have
the privilege of developing to help us serve Him and humanity.
And the gift of eye and hand coordination has been an invaluable
asset in writing. This gift goes beyond eye-hand coordination,
encompassing the ability to understand physical relationships, to
think in three dimensions. Good writers must understand the
consequences of each article, for they’re often not able to see
what’s happening to see on the other side of the area in which
the area they’re actually working.

“ I am convinced that knowledge is power – to overcome the past,
to change our own situations, to fight new obstacles, to make
better decisions.

“ If we would spend on education half the amount of money that
we currently lavish on sports and entertainment, we could
provide complete and free education for every student in this

“ If we make every attempt to increase out knowledge in order to
use it for human good, it will make a difference in us and in our

“ People are simply not willing to look at their problems honestly
and admit that they have problems.

“ When we are confronted by failure and mistakes, we can leave
them behind and go on with our lives.

“ I’m a good neurosugeon. That’s not a boast but a way of
acknowledging the innate ability God has given to me.
Beginning with determination and using my gifted hands, I went
on for training and sharpening for my skills.
“ …the brain can process two million bits of information per
second. It remembers everything you’ve ever seen, everything
you’ve ever heard…“ Being a doctor at Johns Hopkins does not make me any better in
God’s sight than the individual who has not had the opportunity
to gain such an education but who still works hard.

“ If we develop in-depth knowledge it will enable us to give our
best to others and help to make a better world.

“ An important verity about knowledge is that the brain works
most effectively with consciously retained information. We
more easily remember what we want to recall later. When we
feed our fourteen billion brain cells with information that will
enrich us and help others, we are really learning to Think Big.
Maybe that is the best lesson I learned in my first semester at
Yale, because if I had gone to a less-demanding school and
continued to sail along on the top, I am sure I would never have
attained the subsequent achievements in my life.

“ If I speak in the tongues of men and of angles, but am note nice,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the
gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but am not nice, I
am nothing. If I give all I posses to the poor and surrender my
body to the flames, but am not nice, I gain nothing.

“ One dark night the skeletons that they had carefully hidden in an
obscure closet appeared, grabbed them around the throat, and
strangled them.

“ We did live in dire poverty. And one of the things that I hated
was poverty. Some people hate spiders. Some people hate
snakes. I hated poverty. I couldn’t stand it. My mother couldn’t
stand the fact that we were doing poorly in school, and she
prayed and she asked God to give her wisdom. What could she
do to get her young sons to understand the importance of
developing their minds so that they control their own lives? God
gave her the wisdom. At least in her opinion. My brother and I
didn’t think it was that wise. Turn off the TV, let us watch only
two or three TV programs during the week. And with all that
spare time read two books a piece from the Detroit Public
Libraries and submit to her written book reports, which she
couldn’t read but we didn’t know that. I just hated this. My
friends were out having a good time. Her friends would criticize
her. My mother didn’t care. But after a while I actually began to
enjoy reading those books. Because we were very poor, but
between the covers of those books I could go anywhere. I could
be anybody. I could do anything. I began to read about people of
great accomplishment. And as I read those stories, I began to see
a connecting thread. I began to see that the person who has the
most to do with you, and what happens to you in life, is you. You
make decisions. You decide how much energy you want to put
behind that decision. And I came to understand that I had control
of my own destiny. And at that point I didn’t hate poverty
anymore, because I knew it was only temporary. I knew I could
change that. It was incredibly liberating for me. Made all the

“ There is no such thing as an average human being. If you have a
normal brain, you are superior.“ I came to realize that if people could make me angry they could
could control me. Why should I give someone else such power
over my life?

“ It’s not what you do but that kind of job you do that makes the

“ By reading so much, my vocabulary automatically improved
along with my comprehension.

“ the doors of the world are open to dose who can read.

“ Before GOD,no god,after him,there will be no GOD.

“ The insidious nature of socialism, cloaked in a façade of
compassion, makes it very dangerous to an uneducated and
trusting populace. And as socialism creates dependency, it is
well on its way to eliminating freedom of choice and incentives
for high productivity and innovation.

“ Since Americans are by nature individualistic and
entrepreneurial, by definition, then, the socialist program is anti-
American, to say nothing of totalitarian. Socialism is an old
dream. Some dreams are nightmares when put into practice.

“ Beware the abuse of Power. Both by those we disagree with, as
well as those we may agree with

“ Disagreement is part of being a person who has choices. One of
those choices is to respect others and engage in intelligent
conversation about differences of opinion without becoming
enemies, eventually allowing us to move forward to

“ There is no freedom without bravery.

“ If Americans simply choose to vote for the person who has a D
or an R by their name, we will get what we deserve, which is
what we have now.

“ One reason I didn’t hold any grudges or harsh feelings toward
Dad must have been that my mother seldom blamed him—at
least not to us or in our hearing. I can hardly think of a time
when she spoke against him.

“ No one ever said, “This isn’t the way normal people live.”
Again, I think it was the sense of family unity, strengthened by
the Averys, that kept me from being too concerned about the
quality of our life in Boston

“ Compassion, however, should mean providing a mechanism to
escape poverty rather than simply maintaining people in an
impoverished state by supplying handouts. By doing this we give
them an opportunity to elevate their personal situations, which
eventually decreases our need to take care of them and
empowers them to be able to exercise compassion toward others.

“ While wisdom dictates the need for education, education does
not necessarily make one wise.

“ Our founders did not believe that our society could thrive
without this kind of moral social structure. In fact, it was our
second president, John Adams, who said of our thoroughly
researched and developed governing document, “Our
Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It
is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.“ Because if you don’t accept excuses, pretty soon people stop
giving them, and they start looking for solutions. And that is a
critical issue when it comes to success.

“ close the wounds, and the 22-hour surgical ordeal was over. The

“ I knew

“ I practiced in Australia for one year as a neurosurgeon, and my
malpractice premiums were only $200 a year at that time.
Compare this with the $300,000 malpractice insurance fee
assessed on a litigation-free neurosurgeon in Philadelphia today.

“ When the vision of the U.S. government included guarding the
rights of people but staying out of their way, America was an
economic engine more powerful than anything the world had
ever witnessed.Sometimes one has to be humble enough to start at the bottom
with a minimum-wage job even if you have a college degree.
Once you get your foot in the door, you can prove your worth
and rapidly move up the ladder. If you never get in the door, it is
unlikely that you will rise to the top.

“ Wisdom is essentially the same thing as common sense, the
slight difference is that common sense provides the ability to
react appropriately, while wisdom is frequently more proactive
and additionally encourages the shaping of the environment.

“ The human brain has billions of neurons and hundreds of billions
of interconnections. It can process more than two million bits of
information per second and can remember everything you have
ever seen or heard.

“ If we are to put an end to division, people from all political
persuasions will have to stop fighting one another and seek true
unity, not just a consensus that benefits one party.

“ to do only if you don’t have a good argument. This is also a good
way to keep people at one another’s throats constantly so they
can’t form a united front and deal logically with the many real
issues facing the nation. Individually, Americans need to choose
to be the bigger person, overlook offense, and be willing to have
candid discussions about volatile issues. There have been many
stories recently about the bullying epidemic that seems to be
occurring in our public school system. We should not be terribly
surprised by this because children emulate what they see adults
doing. One does not have to look at television for very long or
listen to the radio for an extended period before one sees

“ Saul Alinsky advised his followers to level sharp attacks against
their opponents with the goal of goading them into rash
counterattacks that would then discredit them. To avoid falling
into this trap, those of us who are interested in civil discussion
should prepare ourselves to refrain from reacting in fear or anger
to those who disagree with us or even attack us

“ walk by the fence and completely ignore the dog. It took about a
month before the dog realized that I would not react, but
eventually he stopped trying to frighten me and would simply lie
down quietly as I walked by. Today’s political correctness
operates in the same way as that dog. Self-appointed political

“ Every person is endowed with God-given abilities, and we must
cultivate every ounce of talent we have in order to maintain our
pinnacle position in the world.

“ Over the course of time many Americans have forgotten that “we
the people” are actually at the top of the food chain as far as
authority is concerned in this nation. The Republicans don’t run
our nation. The Democrats don’t run our nation. We do.
However, by dividing and engaging in political squabbles, we
have allowed the government to grow so large and powerful that
it has now become the boss, progressively taking charge of all of
our lives.“ Many well-meaning Americans have bought into the PC speech
code, thinking that by being extra careful not to offend anyone
we will achieve unity. What they fail to realize is that this is a
false unity that prevents us from talking about important issues
and is a Far Left strategy to paralyze us while they change our
nation. People have been led to become so sensitive that fault
can be found in almost anything anyone says because
somewhere, somehow, someone will be offended by it.

“ If most of the people in the country believe that America is
generally fair and decent, it becomes more difficult for Saul
Alinsky types to recruit change agents and for those on the Far
Left to undermine our Constitution. Hence the constant bad-
mouthing of our nation to impressionable young people,
preparing them to be ripe for manipulation at the appropriate

“ We all have choices in the way we react to the words we hear.
Our lives and the lives of all those around us will be
significantly improved if we choose to react positively rather
than negatively.

“ What will maintain the pinnacle position of our nation in the
world: the ability to shoot a 25-foot jump shot, or the ability to
solve a quadratic equation?