Andrew Carnegie Quotes
Aim for the highest.
— Andrew Carnegie
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.
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.
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.
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.
No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.
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 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%.
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 men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.
The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.
There is little success where there is little laughter.
There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.
Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!
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 cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.
You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best.
Aim for the highest.