Andrew Carnegie quotes

Andrew Carnegie



The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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%.

There is little success where there is little laughter.


Andrew Carnegie books:

Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie
The Gospel of Wealth
The Empire of Business
Triumphant Democracy
A league of Peace

Andrew Carnegie – by David Nasaw