"Aim for the highest."
"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert."
"All honor's wounds are self-inflicted. "
"A man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled."
"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."
"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."
"Concentration is my motto - first honesty, then industry, then concentration."
"Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket."
"Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best."
"Do real and permanent good in this world."
"Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself."
"Every act you have ever performed since the day you were born was performed because you wanted something."
"Here lies one who knew how to get around him men who were clever than himself."
"He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave."
"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes."
"Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs."
"I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution."
"I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle."
"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 alone."
"I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar."
"Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark...In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed. ~ Germaine Greer"
"Man does not live by bread alone. I have known millionaires starving for lack of the nutriment which alone can sustain all that is human in man, and I know workmen, and many so-called poor men, who revel in luxuries beyond the power of those millionaires to reach. It is the mind that makes the body rich. There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else. Money can be the useful drudge of things immeasurably higher than itself. Exalted beyond this, as it sometimes is, it remains Caliban still and still plays the beast. My aspirations take a higher flight. Mine be it to have contributed to the enlightenment and the joys of the mind, to the things of the spirit, to all that tends to bring into the lives of the toilers of Pittsburgh sweetness and light. I hold this the noblest possible use of wealth."
"Mr. Morgan buys his partners; I grow my own."
"No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit."
"No man can become rich without himself enriching others."
"No man becomes rich unless he enriches others."
"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it."
"People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents."
"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."
"Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community."
"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."
"TEAMWORK: the fuel that allows common people attain uncommon results."
"The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%."
"The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell."
"The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled."
"The man who dies rich, dies disgraced."
"The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it."
"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."
"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."
"The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket."
"The wise man put all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket."
"There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else."
"There is little success where there is little laughter."
"Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!"
"This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: To set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent on him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community-the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience, and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves."
"You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb a little."
"You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best."
"Whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately."
"We cannot afford to lose the Negro. We have urgent need of all and more. Let us therefore turn our efforts to making the best of him."
"When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make lemonade."