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Who the Hell is B. C. Forbes?

Bertie Charles Forbes was a Scottish-born American financial journalist and author who founded Forbes magazine.

Born May 14, 1880
Died May 06, 1954

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Best 77 Quotes by B. C. Forbes

“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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“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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“Madame Curie didn't stumble upon radium by accident. She searched and experimented and sweated and suffered years before she found it. Success rarely is an accident.”

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“Many a man thinks he is patient when, in reality, he is indifferent.”

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“Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. Youthfulness of spirit is the twin brother of optimism... Resist growing up!”

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“Mediocre men wait for opportunity to come to them. Strong, able, alert men go after opportunity.”

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“Money, or even power, can never yield happiness unless it be accompanied by the goodwill of others.”

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“Next to the dog, the wastebasket is your best friend.”

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“No man can fight his way to the top and stay at the top without exercising the fullest measure of grit, courage, determination, resolution.”

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“Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter.”

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“Plan your work - work your plan.”

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“Success consists of being and doing, not simply accumulating.”

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“Success is sweetest to one who has known failure.”

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“Temporary release from work, through vacations, becomes more welcome, more pleasurable, even more necessary, as we grow older.”

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“The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated.”

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“The fellow who isn't fired with enthusiasm is apt to be fired.”

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“The human being who lives only for himself finally reaps nothing but unhappiness. Selfishness corrodes. Unselfishness ennobles, satisfies.”

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“The man who has done his level best…is a success, even though the world write him down a failure.”

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“The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.”

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“The man who is cocksure that he has arrived is ready for the return journey.”

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“The man who is intent on making the most of his opportunities is too busy to bother about luck.”

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“The man who is too busy to read is never likely to lead.”

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“The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.”

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“The most profitless things to manufacture are excuses.”

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“The truth doesn't hurt unless it ought to.”

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“There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.”

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“There's no such thing as a self-made man. I've had much help and have found that if you are willing to work, many people are willing to help you.”

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“Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing.”

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“Time mends all, ends all things earthly.”

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“To make headway, improve your head.”

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“To succeed, we must have the will to succeed, we must have stamina, determination, backbone, perseverance, self-reliance, and faith.”

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“Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.”

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“Turn resolutely to work, to recreation, or in any case to physical exercise till you are so tired you can't help going to sleep, and when you wake up you won't want to worry.”

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“Upon our children – how they are taught – rests the fate – or fortune – of tomorrow's world.”

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“Use life to provide something that outlasts it.”

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“We must learn that to enjoy happiness we must conscientiously and continuously seek to spread happiness. Selfishness is suicidal to happiness.”

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“What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you.”

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“When it comes to betting on yourself... you're a chicken-livered coward if you hesitate.”

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“Work done with little effort is likely to yield little result.”

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“Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert.”

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“You have no idea how big the other fellow's troubles are.”

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“It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the spring, who reaps a harvest in the autumn.”

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“Are you doing the kind of work you were built for, so that you can expect to be able to do very large amounts of that kind and thrive under it? Or are you doing a kind of which you can do comparatively little.”

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“Honesty is the cornerstone of character.”

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“Honesty pays dividends both in dollars and in peace of mind.”

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“Our future and our fate lie in our wills more than in our hands, for our hands are but the instruments of our wills.”

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“Real riches are the riches possessed inside.”

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“Real riches are the riches possessed inside.”

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“Vitally important for a young man or woman is, first, to realize the value of education and then to cultivate earnestly, aggressively, ceaselessly, the habit of self-education.”

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