32 Brilliant Andrew Carnegie Quotes On Wealth & Success

32 Brilliant Andrew Carnegie Quotes On Wealth & Success

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Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, on November 25, 1835. At the age of 13, Andrew and his family moved to America and settled in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. After moving to America, Carnegie held a series of jobs including messenger in a telegraph office and later on got promoted as a superintendent of Pennsylvania Railroad. While in the industry, he began making investments in a variety of businesses, such as coil, iron, oil companies, and manufacturers of sleeping cars. 

When he accumulated some wealth he left the Railroad and devoted his life to the steel industry and managed his own business which became known as the Carnegie Steel Company. He became the most known philanthropist and one of the richest American in the 19th century as he led the expansion of American steel industry.

Andrew Carnegie Quotes

“Three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Quoted in: George J. Borjas (2001) Heaven’s Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy. p. 132

“One great cause of failure of young men in business is the lack of concentration.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, The Empire of Business (ed. 2007)

“Instead of the question “What must I do for my employer?” substitute “What can I do””

ANDREW CARNEGIE, The Empire of Business (ed. 2007)
“Speculation is a parasite feeding upon values, creating none.”

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

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Autobiography (ed. 1948)

“The world’s civilization started from the day on which everyone received reward for labour.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Autobiography (1920)

“No, Your Majesty, I do not like kings, but I do like a man be­hind a king when I find him.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Chapter XXIX – Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie, (1920)
“The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.”

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

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Autobiography (ed. 1948)

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

ANDREW CARNEGIE, The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth (ed. Penguin, 2006) – ISBN: 9781101098370
“You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself.”

“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, A Carnegie Anthology (ed. 1915)

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

ANDREW CARNEGIE, p. 684 – “The Best Fields for Philanthropy,” 1889
“It is trying to be other than one’s self that unmans one. Be your own natural self and go ahead.”

“I have had a long, long life full of troubles, but there is one curious fact about them-nine-tenths of them never happened.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth (ed. Penguin, 2006) – ISBN: 9781101098370

“Not evil, but good, has come to the race from the accumulation of wealth by those who have the ability and energy that produce it.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, The Gospel of Wealth, and Other Timely Essays (ed. 1901)
“The secret of happiness is renunciation.”

“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, The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and The Gospel of Wealth (ed. Penguin, 2006) – ISBN: 9781101098370

“One great cause of failure of young men in business is lack of concentration.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, “How to win fortune: and The Gospel of Wealth”.
“Anything in life worth having is worth working for.”

“If thou dost not sow, thou shalt not reap.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Andrew Carnegie (2006). “The Gospel of Wealth Essays and Other Writings”, p.14, Penguin

“The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, “Wealth,” North American Review, June 1889
“There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.”

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

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Andrew Carnegie (2014). “The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie and His Essay The Gospel of Wealth”, p.115, Courier Corporation

“Whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Andrew Carnegie (2015). “The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie”, p.129, Sheba Blake Publishing
“There is scarcely an instance of a man who has made a fortune by speculation and kept it.”

“Do real and permanent good in this world.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Andrew Carnegie (2006). “The Gospel of Wealth Essays and Other Writings”, p.24, Penguin

“What one does easily, one does well.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Andrew Carnegie (2015). “The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie”, p.172, Sheba Blake Publishing
“There is little success where there is little laughter.”

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

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Andrew Carnegie (2015). “The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie”, p.140, Sheba Blake Publishing

“Pioneering don’t pay.”

ANDREW CARNEGIE, Andrew Carnegie (1992). “The Andrew Carnegie reader”, Univ of Pittsburgh Pr
“Mutual ignorance breeds mutual distrust.”

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