Andrew Carnegie Quotes | Quotes by Andrew Carnegie

1The day is not far distant when the man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was free for him to administer during life, will pass away unwept, unhonored, and unsung, no matter to what uses he leave the dross which he cannot take with him. Of such as these the public verdict will then be: The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced. Such, in my opinion, is the true gospel concerning wealth, obedience to which is destined some day to solve the problem of the rich and the poor.

2Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.

3Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.

4Instead of the question "What must I do for my employer?" substitute "What can I do"

5If it is right that schools should be maintained by the whole community for the well-being of the whole, it is right also that libraries should be so maintained.

6The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work.

7The public only knows one side of [Mark Mark Twain] - the amusing part. Little does it suspect that he was a man of strong convictions upon political and social questions and a moralist of no mean order.

8Concentration is my motto - first honesty, then industry, then concentration.

9Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.

10Anything in life worth having is worth working for.

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11Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.

12To kill a man will be considered as disgusting [in the twentieth century] as we in this day consider it disgusting to eat one.

13The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and poor in harmonious relationship.

14There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.

15Life is not so much a matter of position as of disposition.

16The secret of happiness is renunciation.

17Take away my people, but leave my factories and soon grass will grow on the factory floors......Take away my factories, but leave my people and soon we will have a new and better factory.

18TEAMWORK: the fuel that allows common people attain uncommon results.

19Upon the sacredness of property civilization itself depends-the right of the laborer to his hundred dollars in the savings bank, and equally the legal right of the millionaire to his millions.

20Show me a man of average ability but extraordinary desire and I'll show you a winner every time.

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21Neither the individual nor the race is improved by almsgiving. The best means of benefiting the community is to place within its reach the ladders upon which the aspiring can rise.

22I believe the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master in that line. I have no faith in the policy of scattering one's resources, and in my experience I have rarely if ever met a man who achieved preeminence in money making.. certainly never one in manufacturing.. who was interested in many concerns.

23The 'morality of compromise' sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised.

24Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged... 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket' is all wrong. I tell you 'put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket.'

25There is no idol more debasing than the worship of money.

26I am no longer cursed by poverty because I took possession of my own mind, and that mind has yielded me every material thing I want, and much more than I need. But this power of mind is a universal one, available to the humblest person as it is to the greatest.

27I believe that the road to pre-eminent success in any line of work is to make yourself master of that line of work.

28Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised.

29The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.

30There is little success where there is little laughter.

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31Nothing tells in the long run like a good judgment, and no sound judgment can remain with the man whose mind is disturbed by the mercurial changes of the stock exchange. It places him under an influence akin to intoxication. What is not, he sees, and what he sees, is not.

32The wise young man or wage earner of today invests his money in real estate.

33The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.

34Capitalism is about turning luxuries into necessities.

35Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.

36Any idea that is held in the mind, that is emphasized, that is either feared or revered, will begin at once to cloth itself in the most convenient and appropriate form available.

37I began to learn what poverty meant. It was burnt in my heart then that my father had to beg for work and there came the resolve that I would cure that when I got to be a man.

38I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.

39Every act you have ever performed since the day you were born was performed because you wanted something.

40All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.

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41There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.

42Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.

43Pioneering don't pay.

44No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.

45The more difficult a problem becomes, the more interesting it is.

46Teamwork appears most effective if each individual helps others to succeed, increasing the synergy of that team; ideally, every person will contribute different skills to increase the efficiency of the team and develop its unity.

47Three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves.

48There is a power under your control that is greater than poverty, greater than the lack of education, greater than all your fears and superstitions combined. It is the power to take possession of your own mind and direct it to whatever ends you may desire.

49Golf is an indispensable adjunct to high civilisation.

50The surest foundation of a manufacturing concern is quality. After that, and a long way after, comes cost.

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51...the law which is never to be broken is never required.

52Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate. More money has been made in real estate than in all industrial investments combined. The wise young man or wage earner of today invests his money in real estate.

53Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.

54Touch his head, and he will bargain and argue with you to the last; Touch his heart, and he falls upon your breast.

55I can't afford to pay them any other way.

56Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!

57The man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was his to administer during his life, will pass away unwept, unhonoured and insung no matter to what uses he leaves the dross which he cannot take with him.

58Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse, seamstress, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel, and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar, and friend. No servants to come between. These are the boys who are born to the best fortune.

59That 95 per cent. fail of those who start in business upon their own account seems incredible, and yet such are said to be the statistics upon the subject.

60What one does easily, one does well.