Andrew Carnegie Best Quotes

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He built a leadership role as a philanthropist for America and the British Empire. Enjoy Andrew Carnegie’s best quotes below.

Andrew Carnegie
“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”
“Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.”
“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%.”
“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.”
“There is little success where there is little laughter.”
“You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself.”
“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.”
“Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”
“No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.”
“The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.”
“Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.”
“Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.”
“Every act you have ever performed since the day you were born was performed because you wanted something.”
“The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.”
“I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.”
“Aim for the highest.”
“Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.”
“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 ‘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.”
“Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.”
“He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.”
“Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.”
“I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.”
“Whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately.”

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