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Andrew Carnegie Quote: “When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make lemonade.”

When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make lemonade.

— Andrew Carnegie



Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Be king in your dreams. Make your vow that you will reach that position, with untarnished reputation, and make no other vow to distract your attention.”

Be king in your dreams. Make your vow that you will reach that position, with untarnished reputation, and make no other vow to distract your attention.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Men who reach decisions promptly usually have the capacity to move with definiteness of purpose in other circumstances.”

Men who reach decisions promptly usually have the capacity to move with definiteness of purpose in other circumstances.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “He that cannot reason is a fool.”

He that cannot reason is a fool.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “The sole purpose of being rich is to give away money.”

The sole purpose of being rich is to give away money.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Touch his head, and he will bargain and argue with you to the last; Touch his heart, and he falls upon your breast.”

Touch his head, and he will bargain and argue with you to the last; Touch his heart, and he falls upon your breast.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Success is the power to acquire whatever one demands of life without violating the rights of others.”

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

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “A man’s reading program should be as carefully planned as his daily diet, for that too is food, without which he cannot grow mentally.”

A man’s reading program should be as carefully planned as his daily diet, for that too is food, without which he cannot grow mentally.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “I choose free libraries as the best agencies for improving the masses of the people, because they give nothing for nothing. They only help those who help themselves.”

I choose free libraries as the best agencies for improving the masses of the people, because they give nothing for nothing. They only help those who help themselves.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Mutual ignorance breeds mutual distrust.”

Mutual ignorance breeds mutual distrust.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “There is no idol more debasing than the worship of money.”

There is no idol more debasing than the worship of money.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “The only irreplaceable capital an organization possesses is the knowledge and ability of its people. The productivity of that capital depends on how effectively people share their competence with those who can use it.”

The only irreplaceable capital an organization possesses is the knowledge and ability of its people. The productivity of that capital depends on how effectively people share their competence with those who can use it.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Do real and permanent good in this world.”

Do real and permanent good in this world.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Any person can achieve greatness if they understand the philosophy of success and the steps required to achieve it.”

Any person can achieve greatness if they understand the philosophy of success and the steps required to achieve it.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Surplus wealth is a sacred trust to be managed for the good of others.”

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust to be managed for the good of others.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “I give money for church organs in the hope the organ music will distract the congregation’s attention from the rest of the service.”

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

— Andrew Carnegie


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

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

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Strength is derived from unity. The range of our collective vision is far greater when individual insights become one.”

Strength is derived from unity. The range of our collective vision is far greater when individual insights become one.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “The surest foundation of a manufacturing concern is quality. After that, and a long way after, comes cost.”

The surest foundation of a manufacturing concern is quality. After that, and a long way after, comes cost.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Every man gravitates to where he belongs in life, just as surely as water seeks and finds its level. His position is measured precisely by the quality and quantity of the service he renders, plus the mental attitude with which he relates himself to other people...”

Every man gravitates to where he belongs in life, just as surely as water seeks and finds its level. His position is measured precisely by the quality and quantity of the service he renders, plus the mental attitude with which he relates himself to other people...

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Why should men leave great fortunes to their children? If this is done from affection, is it not misguided affection? Observation teaches that, generally speaking, it is not well for the children that they should be so burdened.”

Why should men leave great fortunes to their children? If this is done from affection, is it not misguided affection? Observation teaches that, generally speaking, it is not well for the children that they should be so burdened.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse, seamstress, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel, and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar, and friend. No servants to come between. These are the boys who are born to the best fortune.”

Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse, seamstress, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel, and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar, and friend. No servants to come between. These are the boys who are born to the best fortune.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.”

There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “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.”

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.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “I believe that the road to pre-eminent success in any line of work is to make yourself master of that line of work.”

I believe that the road to pre-eminent success in any line of work is to make yourself master of that line of work.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “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.”

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


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves.”

Three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Strong men don’t compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised.”

Strong men don’t compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised.

— Andrew Carnegie


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

All honor’s wounds are self-inflicted.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “All is well since all grows better.”

All is well since all grows better.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “The worlds civilization started from the day on which everyone received reward for labour.”

The worlds civilization started from the day on which everyone received reward for labour.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “There is no way of making a business successful that can vie with the policy of promoting those who render exceptional service.”

There is no way of making a business successful that can vie with the policy of promoting those who render exceptional service.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Steel is prince or pauper.”

Steel is prince or pauper.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “A business is seldom if ever built up except on lines of strictest integrity.”

A business is seldom if ever built up except on lines of strictest integrity.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “That 95 per cent. fail of those who start in business upon their own account seems incredible, and yet such are said to be the statistics upon the subject.”

That 95 per cent. fail of those who start in business upon their own account seems incredible, and yet such are said to be the statistics upon the subject.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “I will give a million dollars for any convincing proof of a future life.”

I will give a million dollars for any convincing proof of a future life.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “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.”

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.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “The man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was his to administer during his life, will pass away unwept, unhonoured and insung no matter to what uses he leaves the dross which he cannot take with him.”

The man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was his to administer during his life, will pass away unwept, unhonoured and insung no matter to what uses he leaves the dross which he cannot take with him.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy and cannot be torn out.”

Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy and cannot be torn out.

— Andrew Carnegie


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

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

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Speculation is a parasite feeding upon values, creating none.”

Speculation is a parasite feeding upon values, creating none.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “The Republic may not give wealth or happiness, she has not promised these. It is the freedom to pursue these, not their realization, we can claim.”

The Republic may not give wealth or happiness, she has not promised these. It is the freedom to pursue these, not their realization, we can claim.

— Andrew Carnegie


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

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

— Andrew Carnegie


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

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

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “The morality of compromise sounds contradictory.”

The morality of compromise sounds contradictory.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “Nothing tells in the long run like a good judgment, and no sound judgment can remain with the man whose mind is disturbed by the mercurial changes of the stock exchange. It places him under an influence akin to intoxication. What is not, he sees, and what he sees, is not.”

Nothing tells in the long run like a good judgment, and no sound judgment can remain with the man whose mind is disturbed by the mercurial changes of the stock exchange. It places him under an influence akin to intoxication. What is not, he sees, and what he sees, is not.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “There is scarcely an instance of a man who has made a fortune by speculation and kept it.”

There is scarcely an instance of a man who has made a fortune by speculation and kept it.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “It was from my own early experience that I decided there was no use to which money could be applied so productive of good to girls and boys who have good within them and ability and ambition to develop it as the founding of a public library.”

It was from my own early experience that I decided there was no use to which money could be applied so productive of good to girls and boys who have good within them and ability and ambition to develop it as the founding of a public library.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work.”

The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work.

— Andrew Carnegie


Andrew Carnegie Quote: “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.”

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.

— Andrew Carnegie

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