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Andrew Carnegie Quotes

Andrew Carnegie Industrialist

Andrew Carnegie quotes: here’s what the late industrialist and one of the wealthiest people of all-time had to say about life, business, success, and more.

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

“It is trying to be other than one’s self that unmans one.  Be your own natural self and go ahead.”

“My heart is in the work.”

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

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

“I should say to young men, ‘No matter how little it may be possible to save, save that little.'”

“No man can become rich without himself enriching others.”

“The 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.”

“There is little success where there is little laughter.”

“Everyone wishes for the better things of life, such as money, a good position, fame, and recognition; but most people never go far beyond the ‘wishing’ stage.”

“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.  It is a never failing spring in the desert.”

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

“Aim for the highest.”

“Wealth is not to feed the egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.”

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

“Study any person who is known to be a permanent success and you will find that he has a definite major goal; he has a plan for the attainment of this goal; he devotes the major portion of his thoughts and his efforts to the attainment of this purpose.”

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”

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

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

“The world of great opportunity is available now, as it has always been, only for those with great vision.”

“Success can be attained in any branch of human labor.  There is always room at the top in every pursuit.  Concentrate all your thought and energy upon the performance of your duties.”

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

“If you will analyze those who cry ‘no opportunity’ you will find that they are using this as an alibi for their own unwillingness to assume responsibilities and use their minds.”

“There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not want to help themselves.”

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

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

“Young man, make your name worth something.”

“It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone.”

“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%.”

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

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

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

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

“A sunny disposition is worth more than fortune.  Young people should know that it can be cultivated; that the mind, like the body, can be moved from the shade into sunshine.”

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

“I believe that the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line.”

“All humans can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.”

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

“If you will analyze my definition of success you will see that there is no element of luck about it.”

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

“And here is the prime condition of success, the great secret: concentrate your energy, thought, and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged.  Having begun in 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.”

“It is the mind that makes the body rich.”

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

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

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

“Anything worth having is worth working for.”

“It may interest you to know that approximately 98 out of every 100 people are totally without a major goal, and it is significant that approximately the same percentage of people are regarded as failures.”

“I wish to have as my epitaph: Here lies a man who was wise enough to bring into his service men who knew more than he.”

“Do real and permanent good in this world.”

“Be king in your dreams.  Make your vow that you will reach that position, with untarnished reputation, and make no other vow to distract your attention.”

“Men who know exactly what they want out of life, and are determined to get it, do not stop with wishing.  They intensify their wishes into a burning desire, and back that desire with continuous effort based on a sound plan.”

“Lack of schooling is no valid excuse for failure; neither is an exhaustive schooling a guarantee of success.”

“Remember, my major purpose in life is the development of men — not merely the accumulation of money.  The money I possess came as a natural reward for the efforts I have put into developing men.”

“We begin doing things because of a motive; we continue doing them because of both motive and habit; but there may come a time when motive is forgotten and we continue on because of an established habit.”

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