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November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919. The name "Carnegie" is connected to countless public libraries, universities, research institutes, endowments, public facilities, and funds. Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1835 to poor parents. When he was thirteen years old he immigrated with his family to Pennsylvania and began working in a factory. Later he would take a position in the railroad, working his way up to the superintendent position, meanwhile learning about the railroad and business in general. During this period, Carnegie began to make investments, mostly in rail and oil that would result in considerable returns. In 1865 he left the railroad with this wealth to pursue his own business, the Keystone Bridge Company, and ten years later created his most famous and profitable business, the Carnegie Steel Company. Steel plants were established across the United States, producing steel faster and more easily than ever before. Owning every aspect of the operation, from the coal mines, to the raw materials, the ships, and rails to transport the product from start to finish, Carnegie dominated industry and made fortunes. At the same time as being renown for having the most powerful steel corporation in the world, Carnegie's name is marred by the Homestead Strike of 1892. Workers in Homestead, Pennsylvania, demanding a wage increase, at a time the company had raised profits by sixty percent, were locked out of their jobs for 143 days. Carnegie's associate, Henry Fick, called on hundreds of private security guards called the Pinkertons, to the scene which escalated the situation to violence, resulting in ten deaths. Though Carnegie was away visiting Scotland at this time, many still place the responsibility on him. At the time of his death, 11th August 1919, he had given away around  $4.8 billion of his wealth. After his death, another $ 4 billion were given to charities and other funds.

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct
individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common
people to attain uncommon results.
Andrew Carnegie

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

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

You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb a little.
Andrew Carnegie

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

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

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

The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.
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People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter
how impressive their other talents.
Andrew Carnegie

All achievements, all earned riches have their beginning in an idea.
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Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for
the good of his community.
Andrew Carnegie

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

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

No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.
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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

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

A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never
failing spring in the desert.
Andrew Carnegie

There is little success, where there is little laughter.
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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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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

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

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

Teamwork: the fuel that allows common people attain uncommon results.
Andrew Carnegie

He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dares not is a slave.
Andrew Carnegie

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