Andrew Carnegie

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… frittered away, 9 times out of 10, in things which pertain to the body and not to the spirit; upon richer food and drink, better clothing, more extravagant living, which are beneficial neither to rich or nor poor. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
A man who dies … rich, lies disgraced. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
All Americans are kings. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Mr. [William Jennings] Bryan is much too earnest, much too sincere and true to be entrusted with power, filled as he is with ideas subversive of economic laws. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
No nation can go to war now against another nation without going to war against all humanity. The world has become a family War & Peace
One man’s right is every man’s right. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Strong men know when to compromise. Negotiating & Negotiations
Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. Trust ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Take 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. Business, Commerce & Finance
Temple of Peace United Nations
The flag is the guarantor and symbol of equality. Flags & National Anthems
The greatest and best of our race have necessarily been nurtured in the bracing school of poverty—the only school capable of producing the supremely great. Poverty
The price which society pays for the law of competition is also great; but the advantages of the law are greater still. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
The Republic may not give wealth or happiness; she has not promised these. It is the freedom to pursue these, not their realization, which the Declaration of Independence claims. Freedom & Liberty
The socialist or anarchist who seeks to overturn present conditions is to be regarded as attacking the foundation upon which civilization itself rests. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Thou shalt not take thy neighbor’s job. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
To the beloved Republic under whose equal laws I am made a peer of any man, although denied political equality by my native land. [Scotland] Equality & Equal Opportunity
We'll have nothing to fear. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Where wealth accrues honorably, the people are always silent partners. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
While the law [of competition] may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it insures the survival of the fittest in every department. We accept and welcome, therefore, 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. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
Aim for the highest.
All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.
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. Business, Commerce & Finance
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.
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. Future
Every act you have ever performed since the day you were born was performed because you wanted something.
He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.
I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.
I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.
I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar.
Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs. Power
Mr. Morgan buys his partners; I grow my own.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it. Leaders & Leadership
No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit. Business, Commerce & Finance
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
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%. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell. Leaders & Leadership
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.
The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.
The '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.
The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket. Business, Commerce & Finance
There is little success where there is little laughter. Success
There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else. Money, Coins & Minting
Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve! Life ;Success
Whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately.
You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself.
You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best.