Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Meandering in abundance . . .

Today is the birthday of Andrew Carnegie (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919), business magnate and philanthropist.

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

"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it." - Andrew Carnegie

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

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

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

"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." - Andrew Carnegie

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

"There is little success where there is little laughter." - Andrew Carnegie

"The man who dies rich dies disgraced." - Andrew Carnegie

Trivia bit: Andrew Carnegie was often referred to as the Patron Saint of Libraries. He donated $56,162,622 for the construction of 2509 library buildings throughout the English-speaking parts of the world. He was honored by the United States Postal Service with a 4 cent stamp on Nov. 25, 1960. The stamp was issued in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the 125th anniversary of Carnegie's birth. Although the focus of the stamp was not Carnegie's library philanthropy, he is pictured in his library. source (1)

Carnegie image source (1)
Carnegie stamp image source (1)

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