44 Best Andrew Carnegie Quotes Hand-Picked for You
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44 Best Andrew Carnegie Quotes Hand-Picked for You

By Angelo Sorbello | Entrepreneurs

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Andrew Carnegie was a British entrepreneur naturalized American.

He rose to fame as one of the most powerful and influential businessmen of his time.

Carnegie not only was influential but genuinely represented the American dream of the early ‘800.

Born in Scotland and emigrated young to the US in search of fortune, after doing some small jobs here and there, often humble and heavy works, he was able to become one of the wealthiest people of his time by leading the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century

Not only this, but he became so rich that based on research conducted by AskMen, re-evaluating his capital in 2008 he would have been the 2nd richest men ever, and according to Forbes he reached the 5th highest net worth over the American GDP ever.

In the later years of his life his vast philanthropic activity mainly destined to Universities, libraries, and museums, in the US, Scotland, and other parts of the world. His 1889 article proclaiming “The Gospel of Wealth” called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and stimulated a wave of philanthropy.

Best Andrew Carnegie Quotes

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

“No person will make a great business; who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.” – Andrew Carnegie

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

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

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

“The secret of happiness is renunciation.” – Andrew Carnegie

“All achievements, all earned riches have their beginning in an idea.” – Andrew Carnegie

“I shall argue that strong men conversely know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater purpose.” – Andrew Carnegie

“I began to learn what poverty meant. It was burnt in my heart then that my father had to beg for work and there came the resolve that I would cure that when I got to be a man.” – Andrew Carnegie

“Concentrate your energy, your thoughts, and your capital.” – Andrew Carnegie

“The first man gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.” – Andrew Carnegie

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

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

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

“No man can become rich without himself enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie

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“There is no class as pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.” – Andrew Carnegie

“Aim for the highest.” – Andrew Carnegie

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

“Mr. Morgan buys his partners, I grow my own.” – Andrew Carnegie

“The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world will take off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity and the world will stand on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%” – Andrew Carnegie

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

“I shall argue that strong men conversely know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater purpose.” – Andrew Carnegie

 “The secret of success lies not in doing your own work but in recognizing the best person to do it.” – Andrew Carnegie

“My motto is concentration. First honesty; then industry and then concentration.” – Andrew Carnegie

“Watch the costs and the profits will take care of themselves.” – Andrew Carnegie

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

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

“I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar.” – Andrew Carnegie

“I believe that the true road to per-eminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line.” – Andrew Carnegie

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

“No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.” – Andrew Carnegie

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“Whatever I engage in, I push inordinately.” – Andrew Carnegie

“Don’t look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.” – Andrew Carnegie

“And here is the prime condition of success, the great secret. Concentrate your energy, thoughts and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged in. Having begun in one line, resolve to fight it out on that line; to lead in it. Adopt every improvement, have the best machinery and know the most about it.” – Andrew Carnegie

“I can’t afford to pay them any other way.” – Andrew Carnegie

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

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

“The man who dies rich dies in disgrace.” – Andrew Carnegie

“When I did big things, some large corporations like the Pennsylvania Railroad Company were behind me and responsible party.” – Andrew Carnegie

“There is little success, where there is little laughter.” – Andrew Carnegie

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About the Author

Angelo Sorbello is an Entrepreneur and Growth Marketer. He started his first online business at 13 years old, and without any considerable marketing budget, he later sold it after having signed partnerships and contracts with companies such as Microsoft, DigitalBros, and 888. He now focuses on helping his other companies and budding entrepreneurs and marketers to grow their business and get results.

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