Andrew Carnegie quote

"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%."

Andrew Carnegie

Born: November 25, 1835

Die: August 11, 1919

Occupation: Business magnate

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The man of business knows that only by years of patient, unremitting attention to affairs can he earn his reward, which is the result, not of chance, but of well-devised means for the attainment of ends.

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A word, a look, an accent, may affect the destiny not only of individuals, but of nations. He is a bold man who calls anything a trifle.

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If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.

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It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.

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Wealth is not to feed our egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.

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The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.

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Watch the costs and the profits will take care of themselves.

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Success can be attained in any branch of labor. There’s always room at the top in every pursuit.

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A sunny disposition is worth more than [a monetary] fortune. Young people should know that it can be cultivated; that the mind like the body can be moved from the shade into sunshine.

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There is no use whatsoever in trying to help people who do not help themselves.

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My hopes were high, and I looked every day for some change to take place. What it was to be I knew not, but that it would come I felt certain if I kept on. One day the chance came.

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Those who would administer wisely must, indeed, be wise, for one of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity.

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Take away my people, but leave my factories and soon grass will grow on the factory floors......Take away my factories, but leave my people and soon we will have a new and better factory.

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All is well since all grows better

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The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and poor in harmonious relationship.

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

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To kill a man will be considered as disgusting [in the twentieth century] as we in this day consider it disgusting to eat one.

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I give money for church organs in the hope the organ music will distract the congregation's attention from the rest of the service.

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Success is the power to acquire whatever one demands of life without violating the rights of others.

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

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

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

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There is little success where there is little laughter.

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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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There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.

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

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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.

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

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

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The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.

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

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Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!

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

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

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Whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately.

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I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar.

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

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Do not think a man has done his full duty when he has performed the work assigned him. A man will never rise if he does only this. Promotion comes from exceptional work.

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Upon the sacredness of property civilization itself depends-the right of the laborer to his hundred dollars in the savings bank, and equally the legal right of the millionaire to his millions.

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