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Andrew Carnegie Quotes

(1835-1919), American Industrialist, Philanthropist

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

Category: Ability

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

Category: Action

The price which society pays for the law of competition, like the price it pays for cheap comforts and luxuries, is great; but the advantages of this law are also greater still than its cost -- for it is to this law that we owe our wonderful material development, which brings improved conditions in its train. But, whether the law be benign or not, we must say of it: It is here; we cannot evade it; no substitutes for it have been found; and while the law may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.

Category: Competition

Concentrate; put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket...

Category: Concentration

Concentration is my motto -- first honesty, then industry, then concentration.

Category: Concentration

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

Category: Delegation

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

Category: Excellence

All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.

Category: Honor

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.

Category: Inequality

I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar.

Category: Inheritance

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he justly entitled.

Category: Mind

I can't afford to pay them any other way.

Category: Payment

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

Category: Power

You can't push anyone up the ladder unless he is ready to climb himself.

Category: Preparation

This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community --the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves.

Category: Riches