Famous Andrew Carnegie Quotes

Wealth is not to feed our egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.


It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.


The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.


If it is right that schools should be maintained by the whole community for the well-being of the whole, it is right also that libraries should be so maintained.


It was from my own early experience that I decided there was no use to which money could be applied so productive of good to girls and boys who have good within them and ability and ambition to develop it as the founding of a public library.


The first thing to do about an obstacle is simply to stand up to it and not complain about it or whine under it but forthrightly attack it. Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. Just stand up to it, that’s all, and don’t give way under it, and it will finally break. You will break it. Something has to break and it won’t be you, it will be the obstacle.


I spent the first half of my life making money and the second half of my life giving it away to do the most good and the least harm.


It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.


Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse, seamstress, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel, and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar, and friend. No servants to come between. These are the boys who are born to the best fortune.


The sole purpose of being rich is to give away money.


I give money for church organs in the hope the organ music will distract the congregation’s attention from the rest of the service.


Anything in life worth having is worth working for.


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.


Any idea that is held in the mind, that is emphasized, that is either feared or revered, will begin at once to cloth itself in the most convenient and appropriate form available.


Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!


People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.


The secret of success lies not in doing your own work, but in recognizing the right man to do it.


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.


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