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Harland David Sanders Quotes

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Harland David Sanders quotes: the KFC king’s top quotes.

“Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly.  It comes as a byproduct of providing a useful service.”

“I think a dream is just a suggestion to start something out, do something.”

“If you’re a dreamer and a doer, back up your dreams.”

“If you follow the formula and the procedures shown… your success is assured.  There’s no question about it.”

“Have ambition to work, willingness to work, and integrity in what you do.”

“The hard way builds solidly a foundation of confidence that cannot be swept away.”

“Hard work beats all the tonics and vitamins in the world.”

“I’ve only had two rules: do all you can and do it the best you can.  It’s the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something.”

“I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could.  And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me.”

“Service is the best thing in the world you can give to your customers.”

“You can always take something in your life and make it better.”

“The easy way is efficacious and speedy, the hard way arduous and long.  But, as the clock ticks, the easy way becomes harder and the hard way becomes easier.  And as the calendar records the years, it becomes increasingly evident that the easy way rests hazardously upon shifting sands, whereas the hard way builds solidly a foundation of confidence that cannot be swept away.”

“You’ve got to like your work.  You’ve got to like what you are doing, you’ve got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it—because if it’s worthwhile, that makes a difference, don’t you see?”

“One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping-stone to something better.”

“I think each of the failures I had to face provided me with the opportunity of starting again and trying something new.”

“I don’t fear that a man will wear out as quickly as he will rust out.”

“Don’t be against things so much as for things.”

“I’ve read hundreds of cookbooks.  For my money, they are the bird.”

“I was 66 years old.  I still had to make a living.  I looked at my social security check of $105 dollars and decided to use that to try to franchise my chicken recipe.  Folks had always liked my chicken.”

“My life isn’t over and I’m not going to sit in a rocking chair and take money from the government.”

“I had a moral obligation to give people something good.  Something worthwhile.  I loved it.”

“It’s my face that’s shown on that box of chicken and in the advertising.  It’s me that people recognize, and they stop me everywhere I go to complain.  The damn SOBs don’t know anything but peddling booze, and they sure as hell don’t know a damn thing about good food.”

“I still believe in the importance of charity, which means giving to God his just measure of goods he has seen fit to bestow on you in the form of material gain.  When I started out in the franchise business, I didn’t know exactly what I was doing by promising God his part if he helped make my enterprise a success, but I now think that that is the reason for my success ever since.”

“For me, money is not everything.  As I have already said, I was more interested in doing good and helping people.  It’s like the Rotary Club slogan that induced me to become a member more than 50 years ago: ‘Service first.'”

“Feed the poor and get rich or feed the rich and get poor.”

“If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean.”

“You’re once a man and twice a child.”

“You’re surrounded with love when you’re surrounded with a bunch of children.”

“My life is devoted to business and supporting my family.”

“I believe that you have to plan your retirement, not by thinking that you will be deprived of something, but rather that something will be added to your life.  You see, you do not start from zero, you are rich with the totality of experience that life has given to you.  The past years are like a crown which you wear at the beginning of the next phase of your life.”

“I gave my KFC Canadian franchise to charity.  I gave the whole $6 million dollar company to charity.  For that reason, I’ve got about 1,000 students on scholarships throughout the country in eight different colleges and that’s better than me getting it.  Because if I got that income, it would go to taxes.”

“I really do not see why someone who is dying would leave an amount of half a million or a million dollars to his successors when he knows that an immense percentage will go to taxes.”

“There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery.  You can’t do any business from there.”

“I’m against retiring.  The thing that keeps a man alive is having something to do.”

“I’ve got no idea when I am going to retire.  Whenever they pick me up and take me to the funeral home, I guess.”

“I think the moral for my life is don’t quit at 65.  Maybe your boat hasn’t come in yet.  Mine hadn’t.”

“I couldn’t afford to quit.”

“It makes me feel good that my food has helped make life a little easier for people.”

“When I started this chicken business… I prayed to God that he’d make it a success.  And I hope that I have and am still doing it.”

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