Quotes by Andrew Carnegie

All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.
– Andrew Carnegie
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
– Andrew Carnegie
Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.
– Andrew Carnegie
Concentration is my motto - first honesty, then industry, then concentration.
– Andrew Carnegie
Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
– Andrew Carnegie
Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.
– Andrew Carnegie
He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.
– Andrew Carnegie
Here is the prime condition of success: Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun on 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
I believe the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master in that line. I have no faith in the policy of scattering one's resources, and in my experience I have rarely if ever met a man who achieved preeminence in money making... certainly never one in manufacturing... who was interested in many concerns.
– Andrew Carnegie
I can't afford to pay them any other way.
– Andrew Carnegie
I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.
– Andrew Carnegie
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
I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar.
– Andrew Carnegie
Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
– Andrew Carnegie
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it..
– Andrew Carnegie
Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.
– Andrew Carnegie
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
The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
– Andrew Carnegie
The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.
– Andrew Carnegie
There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.
– Andrew Carnegie