Andrew Carnegie Famous Quotes

  • Women‍‍`s Corner
  • February 18, 2023

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist. Carnegie led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and became one of the richest Americans in history. He became a leading philanthropist in the United States, Great Britain, and the British Empire. 

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

2. “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” ― Andrew Carnegie

3. “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” ― Andrew Carnegie

4. “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” ― Andrew Carnegie

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5. “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.” ― Andrew Carnegie

6. “No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.” ― Andrew Carnegie

7. “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” ― Andrew Carnegie

8. “The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.” ― Andrew Carnegie

9. “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.” ― Andrew Carnegie

10. “All human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.” ― Andrew Carnegie

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11. “It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone.” ― Andrew Carnegie

12. “Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.” ― Andrew Carnegie

13. “He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.” ― Andrew Carnegie

14. “When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make lemonade.” ― Andrew Carnegie

15. “Perhaps the most tragic thing about mankind is that we are all dreaming about some magical garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are right outside today.” ― Andrew Carnegie

16. “ You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb a little. ” ― Andrew Carnegie

17. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” ― Andrew Carnegie

18. “Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.” ― Andrew Carnegie

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19. “TEAMWORK: the fuel that allows common people attain uncommon results.” ― Andrew Carnegie

20. “Do real and permanent good in this world.” ― Andrew Carnegie

21. “To summarize what I have said: Aim for the highest; never enter a bar-room; do not touch liquor, or if at all only at meals; never speculate; never indorse beyond your surplus cash fund; make the firm’s interest yours; break orders always to save owners; concentrate; put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket; expenditure always within revenue; lastly, be not impatient, for, as Emerson says, “no one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourselves.” I congratulate poor young men upon being born to that ancient and honourable degree which renders it necessary that they should devote themselves to hard work.

A basketful of bonds is the heaviest basket a young man ever had to carry. He generally gets to staggering under it. We have in this city creditable instances of such young men, who have pressed to the front rank of our best and most useful citizens. These deserve great credit. But the vast majority of the sons of rich men are unable to resist the temptations to which wealth subjects them, and sink to unworthy lives. I would almost as soon leave a young man a curse, as burden him with the almighty dollar. It is not from this class you have rivalry to fear.

The partner’s sons will not trouble you much, but look out that some boys poorer, much poorer than yourselves, whose parents cannot afford to give them the advantages of a course in this institute, advantages which should give you a decided lead in the race–look out that such boys do not challenge you at the post and pass you at the grand stand. Look out for the boy who has to plunge into work direct from the common school and who begins by sweeping out the office. He is the probable dark horse that you had better watch.” ― Andrew Carnegie

22. “Here lies one who knew how to get around him men who were cleverer than himself” ― Andrew Carnegie

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23. “Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy and cannot be torn out.” ― Andrew Carnegie

24. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or to get all the credit for doing it” ― Andrew Carnegie

25. “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.”
― Andrew Carnegie

26. “Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark.... In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed. ~Germaine Greer” ― Andrew Carnegie

27. “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.” ― Andrew Carnegie

28. “Man does not live by bread alone. I have known millionaires starving for lack of the nutriment which alone can sustain all that is human in man, and I know workmen, and many so-called poor men, who revel in luxuries beyond the power of those millionaires to reach.

It is the mind that makes the body rich. There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else. Money can only be the useful drudge of things immeasurably higher than itself. Exalted beyond this, as it sometimes is, it remains Caliban still and still plays the beast. My aspirations take a higher flight. Mine be it to have contributed to the enlightenment and the joys of the mind, to the things of the spirit, to all that tends to bring into the lives of the toilers of Pittsburgh sweetness and light. I hold this the noblest possible use of wealth” ― Andrew Carnegie

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29. “There is little success where there is little laughter.” ― Andrew Carnegie

30. “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. ” ― Andrew Carnegie

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