Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie

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.

Aim for the highest.

Mr. Morgan buys his partners; I grow my own.

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

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.

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

Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.

Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.

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.

I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.

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

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.

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

He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.

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.

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.

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