“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.
secret of success lies not in doing your own work, but in recognizing the right
man to do it”
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
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.
They never pauperize. They reach the aspiring and open to these chief treasures
of the world -- those stored up in books. A taste for reading drives out lower
“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity,
no matter how impressive their other talents.”
of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious
life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”
for the highest.”
I engage in, I must push inordinately.”
your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs
in one basket and watches the basket.
is my motto - first honesty, then industry, then concentration.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they
not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.
be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer
one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones
will tend to take care of themselves.”
that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is
man who dies rich, dies disgraced.
man can become rich without himself enriching others”
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.”
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 only be the useful drudge
of things immeasurably higher than itself. ... 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
wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime
for the good of the community.
then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: First, to set an example of
modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately
for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon 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.”