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Who is B. C. Forbes?

Bertie Charles Forbes was a Scottish-born American financial journalist and author who founded Forbes magazine which was later led by his son Malcolm Forbes.

Born May 14, 1880
Died May 06, 1954

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“A business like an automobile, has to be driven, in order to get results.”

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“A shady business never yields a sunny life.”

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“A word of appreciation often can accomplish what nothing else could accomplish.”

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“Acting without thinking is like shooting without aiming.”

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“An idea, like a machine, must have power applied to it before it can accomplish anything.”

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“Any business arrangement that is not profitable to the other fellow will in the end prove unprofitable for you. The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated.”

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“Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.”

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“Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out.”

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“Bragging often precedes begging.”

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“Cheerfulness is among the most laudable virtues. It gains you the good will and friendship of others. It blesses those who practice it and those upon whom it is bestowed.”

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“Diamonds are only lumps of coal that stuck to their jobs.”

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“Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.”

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“Don't forget until too late that the business of life is not business but living.”

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“Enthusiasm is the electric current that keeps the engine of life going at top speed. Enthusiasm is the very propeller of progress.”

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“Genius is often a short way of spelling hard work. Poverty, obscurity, struggle and ambition formed the foundation for many careers of transcendent achievement. Few marks are made in the world's history by eight-hour-day men.”

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“Golf without bunkers and hazards would be tame and monotonous. So would life.”

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“The more they actually know, the less confident they become.”


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“He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him.”

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“He who has faith has. an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well - even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.”

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“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”

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“How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.”

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“I have never seen people who could do real work except under the stimulus of encouragement and enthusiasm and the approval of the people for whom they are working.”

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“If a pig could pray, it would pray for swill. What do you pray for?”

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“If the deal isn't good for the other party, it isn't good for you.”

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“If you do the best and the most you can today, don't worry about tomorrow.”

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“If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.”

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“It's so much easier to do good than to be good.”

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“Jealousy is an inner consciousness of one's own inferiority. It is a mental cancer.”

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“Kill time and you will kill your career.”

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“Lady Luck generally woos those who earnestly, enthusiastically, unremittingly woo her.”

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“Life is just an endless chain of judgements. The more imperfect our judgement, the less perfect our success.”

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“The stop order is the friend of the active speculator, who wants to make a quick dash for a large profit and who is willing to make small losses in the hope of getting a good run once in four or five attempts.”


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