33 Greatest Andrew Carnegie Quotes

33 Greatest Andrew Carnegie Quotes

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Andrew Carnegie was an industrialist from Scotland. He was born in 1835 and grew up in Dunfermline, Scotland. He is most known for leading the expansion of the American steel industry. He died at the age of 83 in 1919.

“Aim for the highest.”

“And while the law (of competition) may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.”

“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”

“Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.”

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

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

“He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.”

“Here is the prime condition of success: Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun on one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it.”

“I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.”

“It is not the rich man’s son that the young struggler for advancement has to fear in the race of life, nor his nephew, nor his cousin. Let him look out for the “dark horse” in the boy who begins by sweeping out the office.”

“It was from my own early experience that I decided there was no use to which money could be applied so productive of good to boys and girls who have good within them and ability and ambition to develop it as the founding of a public library.”

“No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.”

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

“No, Your Majesty, I do not like kings, but I do like a man be­hind a king when I find him.”

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”

“Pioneering don’t pay.”

“Salary, (I said, quite offended) what do I care for salary? I do not want the salary; I want the position. It is glory enough to go back to the Pittsburgh Division in your former place. You can make my salary just what you please and you need not give me any more than what I am getting now… Oh, please don’t speak to me of money!”

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

“The 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%.”

“The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.”

“The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.”

“The 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.”

“The secret of success lies not in doing your own work, but in recognizing the right man to do it.”

“The sound rule in busi­ness is that you may give money freely when you have a sur­plus, but your name never—nei­ther as en­dorser nor as mem­ber of a cor­po­ra­tion with in­di­vid­ual li­a­bil­ity”

“The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.”

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

“Those who would administer wisely must, indeed, be wise, for one of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity.”

“Upon 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.”

“We accept and welcome… as conditions to which we must accommodate ourselves, great inequality of environment; the concentration of business, industrial and commercial, in the hands of a few; and the law of competition between these, as being not only beneficial, but essential for the future progress of the race.”

“Whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately.”

“When it is a question of God’s almighty Spirit, never say, “I can’t.”

“You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.”

“You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best.”