Andrew Carnegie Quotes

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Andrew Carnegie was an entrepreneur, business person, industrialist and philanthropist who was born on November 25, 1835 in Dunfermline, United Kingdom and died on August 11, 1919 in Lenox, Massachusetts, United States. Carnegie acquired his wealth through the steel industry and he is recognized as one of the leading philanthropist in the United States and in the British Empire.

During the last days of his life, Andrew Carnegie was more focused on distributing his wealth rather than acquiring more. He established several trusts and institutions like Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Carnegie Institution for Science, Carnegie Foundation and many more.

Andrew Carnegie is actually the one who influenced Napoleon Hill by challenged him to interview wealthy people to discover a simple formula for success. Hill went on to interview many great entrepreneurs of his day, including Henry Ford,  Edwin C. Barnes (an associate of Thomas Edison) and many others.

Mr. Carnegie also wrote some books about entrepreneurship and acquiring wealth. Some of his books include The Gospel of Wealth, Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie, The Advantages of Poverty, The Empire of Business, Triumphant democracy and others.

Here are some famous and motivational Andrew Carnegie quotes on teamwork, money, wealth, poverty, leadership, focus, real estate, libraries, success and more:

Famous Andrew Carnegie Quotes

famous Andrew Carnegie quotes

1. All honor’s wounds are self-inflicted. -Andrew Carnegie

2. No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor. -Andrew Carnegie

3. The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell. -Andrew Carnegie

4. Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration. -Andrew Carnegie

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

6. You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best. -Andrew Carnegie

7. I don’t believe in God. My God is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life. -Andrew Carnegie

8. If the newspapers begin to publish stories about wars, and the people begin to think and talk of war in their daily conversations, they soon find themselves at war. People get that which their minds dwell upon, and this applies to a group or community or a nation of people, the same as to an individual. -Andrew Carnegie

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

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

11. He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave. -Andrew Carnegie

12. Not only had I got rid of the theology and the supernatural, but I had found the truth of evolution. -Andrew Carnegie

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

14. We cannot afford to lose the Negro. We have urgent need of all and more. Let us therefore turn our efforts to making the best of him. -Andrew Carnegie

15. It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone. -Andrew Carnegie

16. 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. -Andrew Carnegie

17. Humanity is an organism, inherently rejecting all that is deleterious, that is, wrong, and absorbing after trial what is beneficial, that is, right. If so disposed, the Architect of the Universe, we must assume, might have made the world and man perfect, free from evil and from pain, as angels in heaven are thought to be; but although this was not done, man has been given the power of advancement rather than of retrogression. The Old and New Testaments remain, like other sacred writings of other lands, of value as records of the past and for such good lessons as they inculcate. Like the ancient writers of the Bible our thoughts should rest upon this life and our duties here. “To perform the duties of this world well, troubling not about another, is the prime wisdom,” says Confucius, great sage and teacher. The next world and its duties we shall consider when we are placed in it. -Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie Motivational Quotes

Andrew Carnegie motivational quotes

18. It is the mind that makes the body rich. -Andrew Carnegie

19. The secret of happiness is renunciation. -Andrew Carnegie

20. All human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes. -Andrew Carnegie

21. Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself. -Andrew Carnegie

22. Nothing man has discovered or imagined is to be named with the steam engine. It has no fellow. Franklin capturing the lightning, Morse annihilating space with the telegraph, Bell transmitting speech through the air by the telephone, are not less mysterious—being more ethereal, perhaps in one sense they are even more so—still, the labor of the world performed by heating cold water places Watt and his steam engine in a class apart by itself. -Andrew Carnegie

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

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24. When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make lemonade. -Andrew Carnegie

25. Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best. -Andrew Carnegie

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

27. Perhaps the most tragic thing about mankind is that we are all dreaming about some magical garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are right outside today. -Andrew Carnegie

28. Men are developed the same way gold is mined. When gold is mined, several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold; but one doesn’t go into the mine looking for dirt—one goes in looking for the gold. -Andrew Carnegie

29. The result of my journey was to bring a certain mental peace. Where there had been chaos there was now order. My mind was at rest. I had a philosophy at last. The words of Christ “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you,” had a new meaning for me. Not in the past or in the future, but now and here is Heaven within us. All our duties lie in this world and in the present, and trying impatiently to peer into that which lies beyond is as vain as fruitless. -Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie Quotes On Teamwork

Andrew Carnegie quotes about teamwork

30. Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

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31. TEAMWORK: the fuel that allows common people attain uncommon results. -Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie Quotes On Wealth And Money

Andrew Carnegie quotes on wealth and money

32. The man who dies rich dies in disgrace. -Andrew Carnegie

33. I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar. -Andrew Carnegie

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

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

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

37. 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

38. It is now thirteen years since I ceased to accumulate wealth and began to distribute it. I could never have succeeded in either had I stopped with having enough to retire upon, but nothing to retire to. -Andrew Carnegie

39. Their surplus wealth to the mass of their fellows in the forms best calculated to do them lasting good. Thus is the problem of Rich and Poor to be solved. The laws of accumulation will be left free; the laws of distribution free. Individualism will continue, but the millionaire. -Andrew Carnegie

40. All achievements, all earned riches have their beginning in an idea.

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41. No man becomes rich without himself enriching others. -Andrew Carnegie

42. Watch the costs and the profits will take care of themselves. -Andrew Carnegie

43. Certainly the man who makes his own wealth eclipses those who inherit rank from others. -Andrew Carnegie

44. Wealth is not to feed our egos, but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves. -Andrew Carnegie

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

46. A sunny disposition is worth more than fortune. Young people should know that it can be cultivated; that the mind, like the body can be moved for the shade into sunshine. -Andrew Carnegie

47. This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: To set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent on him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgement, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community–the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience, and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves. -Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie Quotes On Poverty

Andrew Carnegie quotes on poverty

48. Even the poorest can be made to see this, and to agree that great sums gathered by some of their fellow-citizens and spent for public purposes, from which the masses reap the principal benefit, are more valuable to them than if scattered among them through the course of many years in trifling amounts. -Andrew Carnegie

49. 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.

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50. This is where the children of honest poverty have the most precious of all advantages over those of wealth. The mother, nurse, cook, governess, teacher, saint, all in one; the father, exemplar, guide, counselor, and friend! Thus were my brother and I brought up. What has the child of millionaire or nobleman that counts compared to such a heritage? -Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie Quotes On Leadership

Andrew Carnegie quotes on leadership

51. 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

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

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53. I believe that higher wages to men who respect their employers and are happy and contented are a good investment, yielding, indeed, big dividends. -Andrew Carnegie

54. 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. -Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie Quotes On Focus

Andrew Carnegie quotes on focus

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

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56. Whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately. -Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie Quotes On Real Estate

Andrew Carnegie quotes on real estate

57. Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owing real estate.

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58. Boulton sold the estate which had come to him by his wife, and the greater part of his father’s property, and mortgaged the remainder. It is evident that the great captain had taken in hand far too many enterprises. Probably he had not heard the new doctrine: “Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket. -Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie Quotes About Libraries

Andrew Carnegie quotes about libraries

59. 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

60. 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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61. Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed. -Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie Quotes On Success

Andrew Carnegie quotes on success

62. There is little success where there is little laughter. -Andrew Carnegie

63. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. -Andrew Carnegie

64. The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it. -Andrew Carnegie

65. 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. -Andrew Carnegie

66. I have never known a concern to make a decided success that did not do good, honest work, and even in these days of the fiercest competition, when everything would seem to be a matter of price, there lies still at the root of great business success the very much more important factor of quality. -Andrew Carnegie

67. Aim for the highest.

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

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

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

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

72. 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

73. 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