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Quotes of the day: Andrew Carnegie

Published Monday, November 24, 2014 @ 9:24 PM EST
Nov 24 2014

Andrew Carnegie (November 25, 1835 - August 11, 1919) was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He was also one of the highest profile philanthropists of his era and had given away almost 90 percent- amounting to, in 1919, $350 million (in 2014, $4.76 billion)- of his fortune to charities and foundations by the time of his death. His 1889 article proclaiming 'The Gospel of Wealth' called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and stimulated a wave of philanthropy. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

A 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.

All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.

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 not make riches, but usefulness, your first aim; and let your chief pride be that your daily occupation is in the line of progress and development; that your work, in whatever capacity it may be, is useful work, honestly conducted, and as such ennobling to your life.

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.

I don't believe in God. My god is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life.

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 think the absence of women from any assembly tends to lower the tone of that assembly.

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

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

Man must have no idol and the amassing of wealth is one of the worst species of idolatry.

Never speculate. Never buy or sell grain or stocks upon a margin. If you have savings, invest them in solid securities, lands or property. The man who gambles upon the exchanges is in the condition of the man who gambles at the gaming table. He rarely, if ever, makes a permanent success. His judgment goes; his faculties are snapped; and his end, as a rule, is nervous prostration after an unworthy and useless life.

No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.

No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.

Not only had I got rid of the theology and the supernatural, but I had found the truth of evolution.

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

Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy, and cannot be torn out.

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust, to be administered during life by its possessor.

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

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 man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.

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.

There does not appear to be much use in providing a ladder for the people to ascend if the distance from the earth to the first step be made so great they cannot reach it.

There is always room at the top in every pursuit.

There is little success where there is little laughter.

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

There 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.

There is nothing that robs a righteous cause of its strength more than a millionaire's money.

Watch the costs and the profits take care of themselves.

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