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57 Powerful Andrew Carnegie Quotes You Must Read

Looking for Andrew Carnegie’s quotes? Then you are at the right place, I have for you 57 Andrew Carnegie quotes  in  picture and text format for you to indulge in. However, before we delve in, here is  some facts about Andrew Carnegie

When was Andrew Carnegie born and how did he end up in America?

Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland on November 25, 1835.  His family were poor and at the age of 13, his family moved from Scotland to the United States in search of a better life. They settled in Alleghenmy, Pennsylvania. The very first job that he got was in a cotton mill that afforded him $1.20 per week. 

How did Carnegie become successful

Carnegie was a hardworking man and who excelled in his work. He quickly rose up the ranks with every job he got.  From his first job of $1.20 per week, he was soon to be promoted to become a book keeper. Andrew was a bookworm spending his time during Saturday in the wealthy citizens’ homes, which allowed him to have access to their libraries. Later on, he became a telegrapher and because he was so good at his job, promotion was inevitable. He became the personal secretary of the head of a railroad company where he learned a lot about the rail industry. It is this knowledge that would enable Carnegie to become the steel tycoon we remember him today. 

Carnegie figured out that if he owned the mines and the rails, he would be able to bring down the cost of producing steel. He thus started to invest in iron and oil companies. His investments paid off and at the age of 57 he founded the Carnegie Steel Company.  9 years later, in 1901 Carnegie sold his company to J.P. Morgan  who then merged his company to form the well known U.S. Steel

How much did Andrew Carnegie make?

Carnegie sold his company Carnegie Steel for  a whopping US$480 million  (14.8 billion- 2019 figures)!

Andrew Carnegie net worth?

Carnegie’s net worth was around US$475 million which would have been around USD14.8 billion in 2019. However , by the time of his death in 1919 he had donated most of his wealth to charities and other philanthropic endeavors and had only US$30 million left to his personal fortune. What a generous man he was!

How Andrew Carnegie helped build America?

A question that is asked often. It was Carnegie’s revolutionary methods and use of technology that manufactured the raw materials for the railroads in the United States. With Carnegie’s steel and with the railroads he built, America had the raw materials and the transport system enabling the country to become a key player in the Industrial Revoluton. 

Andrew Carnegie the philanthropist

His retirement did not stop him from being a public figure of inspiration. Before he died, he was able to donate more than $350M to various public foundations. The hardships of not having access to books when he was younger became his driving force to build over 3,000 libraries. Some of the most notable contributions he made were the Carnegie Hall in New York and Carnegie-Mellon University

When did Andrew Carnegie die?

Andrew Carnegie died on August 11, 1919 aged 84 years. He however left a lasting legacy through his libararies and quotes below. Enjoy!

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In [my] life… I did not understand steam machinery, but I tried to understand that much more complicated piece of machanism – man.

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It is trying to be ohter than one’s self that unmans one. Be your own natural self and go ahead. 

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

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Surplus wealth is a sacred trust to be managed for the good of others. 

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Speculation is a parasite feeding upon values, creating none.

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Life is not so much a matter of position as of disposition.

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I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a grater principle. Andrew Carnegie

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Every act you have ever performed since the day you were born was performed because you wanted something. Andrew Carnegie

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All honor’s wounds are self-inflicted.

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A business is sledom if ever built up except on lines of strictest integrity

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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. Andrew Carnegie

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What one does easily, one does well. Andrew Carnegie

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Here lies one who knew how to get around him men who were cleverer than himself. Andrew Carnegie

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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.

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Humanities education is the worst thing for an industrialist. Andrew Carnegie

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You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best.

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No man can become rich without himself enriching others. Andrew Carnegie

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I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution. Andrew Carnegie

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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.

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Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket. Andrew Carnegie

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The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and poor in harmonious relationship. Andrew Carnegie

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Three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves. Andrew Carnegie

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The surest foundation of a manufacturing concern is quality. After that, and a long way after, comes cost. Andrew Carnegie

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All is well since all grows better. Andrew Carnegie

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There is very little success where there is very little laughter. Andrew Carnegie

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I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar. Andrew Carnegie

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A sunny disposition is worth more than fortune. Andrew Carnegie

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I choose free libraries as the best agencies for improving the masses of the people, because they give nothing for nothing. They only help those who help themselves. 

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Not evil, but good, has come to the race from the accumulation of wealth by those who have the ability and energy that produce it. Andrew Carnegie

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Private property, the law of accumulation of wealth, and the law of competition.. these are the highest results of human experience, the soil in which society so far has produced the best fruit. Andrew Carnegie

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There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.

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Neither the individual nor the race is improved by alms-giving. The best means of benefiting the community is to place within its reach the ladder upon which the aspiring can rise. Andrew Carnegie

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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

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I began to learn what poverty meant. It was burnt in my heart then that my father had to beg for work and there came the resolve that I would cure that when I got to be a man. Andrew Carnegie

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A word, a look, an accent, may affect the destiny of nations. He is a bold man who calls anything a trifle. Andrew Carnegie

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The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. Andrew Carnegie

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He that cannot reason is a fool. Andrew Carnegie

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The law which is never to be broken is never required. Andrew Carnegie

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I will give a million dollar for any convincing proof of a future life. Andrew Carnegie

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Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. Andrew Carnegie

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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. Andrew Carnegie

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Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate. Andrew Carnegie

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The wise young man or wage earner of today invests his money in real estate. 

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Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy and cannot be torn out.

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The sound rule in business is that you may give money freely when you have a surplus, but you name never-neither as endorser nor as member of a corporation with individual liability.

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Golf is an indispensable adjunct to high civilization. Andrew Carnegie

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Upon the sacredness if property civilization itself depends- the right of the laborer to his hundred dollars in the savings band, and equally the legal right of the millionaire to his millions. Andrew Carnegie

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There is nothing that robs a righteous cause of its strength more than a millionaire’s money. Andrew Carnegie

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When I did big things, some large corporations life the Pennsylvania Railroad Company were behind me and responsible party.

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Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.

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Mr. Morgan buys his partners; I grow my own. Andrew Carnegie

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The morality of compromise sounds contradictory. Andrew Carnegie

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The Republic may not give wealth or happiness she has not promised there. It is the freedom to pursue these, not their realization, we ca claim. Andrew Carnegie

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The worlds civilization started from the day on which everyone received reward for labor. –Andrew Carnegie

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Those who would administer wisely must, indeed, be wise, for one of the serious obstacles.to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity. 

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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. 

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Steel is prince or pauper. -Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie’s achievements are nothing short of inspirational. He rose from rags to riches through his wise investments. He proves what Wallace Wattles wrote in the Science of Getting Rich that any man can indeed get rich regardless of background. 

Even though unlike other motivational teachers like Joseph Muphy or Eric Butterworth, Carnegie did not believe in God, he did however believe that through perseverence, self belief, man can achieve their dreams. 

I hope you have found his story and his quotes inspirational. Kindly share, you may just give someone the motivation they need! Thanks for stopping by:)