Andrew Carnegie quotes
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.
When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make lemonade.
The first man gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.
You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb a little.
Watch the costs and the profits will take care of themselves.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy,
and inspires your hopes.
The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter
how impressive their other talents.
All achievements, all earned riches have their beginning in an idea.
Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for
the good of his community.
Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.
The way to get rich is put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.
No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.
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.
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.
A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never
failing spring in the desert.
There is little success, where there is little laughter.
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
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.
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.
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.
Teamwork: the fuel that allows common people attain uncommon results.
He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dares not is a slave.
The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.