Andrew Carnegie quotes
Quotes by and about Andrew Carnegie
(Continued from his main entry on the site.)
Carnegie: "Where one is born is very important, for different surroundings and traditions appeal to and stimulate different latent tendencies in the child. ... Till his last day, the early impressions remain. ... They are always rising and coming again to the front to exert their influence."
Carnegie: "[I still have] a vein of ... patriotism which will cease to exist only with life. ... The intensity of a ... boy's patriotism ... constitutes a real force in his life to the very end."
Carnegie: "I [have an] optimistic nature [and an] ability to shed trouble ... making 'all my ducks swans,' as friends say I do."
Carnegie: "A sunny disposition is worth more than [a monetary] fortune. Young people should know that it can be cultivated; that the mind like the body can be moved from the shade into sunshine."
Carnegie: "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Carnegie: " In [my] life ... I did not understand steam machinery, but I tried to understand that much more complicated piece of mechanism - man."
Carnegie: "Sentiment counts for so much in the disagreements between capital and labor. ... I believe the best preventive of quarrels to be ... sincere interest in the men, satisfying them that you really care for them and that you rejoice in their success."
Carnegie: "This I can sincerely say - that I always enjoyed my conferences with our workmen ... and that the better I knew the men the more I liked them. "
Carnegie: "If you wish to play peace-maker, seat adversaries next to each other . ... True it is, we only hate those whom we do not know."
Carnegie: " It is trying to be other than one's self that unmans one. Be your own natural self and go ahead."
Carnegie: "Slight attentions or a kind word to the humble often bring back reward . ... No kind action is ever lost. "
Carnegie: " [When my workers chose to celebrate me it] made a lasting impression. I knew how much I cared for them and it was pleasing to know that they reciprocated my feelings. Working-men always do reciprocate kindly feeling."
Carnegie: "He is the happy man who feels there is not a human being to whom he does not wish happiness, long life, and deserved success, not one in whose path he would cast an obstacle nor to whom he would not do a service if in his power."
Carnegie: "Children of honest poverty have the most precious of all advantages over those of wealth. The mother, nurse, cook, governess, teacher, saint, all in one; the father, exemplar, guide, counselor, and friend! Thus were my brother and I brought up. What has the child of millionaire or nobleman that counts compared to such a heritage?"
New York Times: "Carnegie was optimistic and outgoing [and] made friends easily."
James Graham Johnston: "[In his youth, Carnegie excelled as a messenger boy] and was quickly recognized as one of the best and most attentive. He memorized the names of prominent people so that he could acknowledge them when he saw them in public."
James Graham Johnston: "[As he grew older] he became more extraverted than ever."
James Graham Johnston: "He was an affirming cheerleader [of men] and an eager connector."