20+ Best Andrew Carnegie Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Andrew Carnegie was a self-made steel tycoon and one of the wealthiest businessmen of 19th century. He later dedicated his life to philanthropic endeavors.

Born on November 25, 1835, in Dunfermline, Scotland. After moving to the United States, he worked a series of railroad jobs. By 1889 he owned Carnegie Steel Corporation, the largest of its kind in the world. In 1901 he sold his business and dedicated his time to expanding his philanthropic work, including the establishment of Carnegie-Mellon University in 1904.

We have compiled a list of Andrew Carnegie quotes for you to read.


Andrew Carnegie Quotes

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


“You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best.”


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


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


“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.”


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


“All honor’s wounds are self-inflicted.”


“There is little success where there is little laughter.”



“Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.”


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


“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%.”


“You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself.”


“I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.”


“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.”


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


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


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


“Whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately.”


“Every act you have ever performed since the day you were born was performed because you wanted something.”


“The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.”


“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.”


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


“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.”

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