Andrew Carnegie

United States industrialist and philanthropist who endowed education and public libraries and research trusts (1835-1919)

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Aim for the highest.
All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.
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.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.
Concentrate; put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket...
Concentration is my motto - first honesty, then industry, then concentration.
He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.
I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar.
Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
One of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity.
Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.
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%.
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.
The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he justly entitled.
The man who dies rich dies disgraced.
The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.
This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon 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 judgment, 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.
Those who would administer wisely must, indeed, be wise, for one of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity.

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