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Quotes by Malcolm Forbes

  • American publisher
  • Born August 19, 1917
  • Died February 24, 1990

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (19 August 1919 – 24 February 1990) was an American entrepreneur most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes. He was known as an avid promoter of capitalism and free market trade, and for an extravagant lifestyle, spending on parties, travel, and his collection of homes, yachts, aircraft, art, motorcycles, and Fabergé eggs.


Pay your people the least possible and you'll get from them the same.




Failure is success if we learn from it.




When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.




Presence is more than just being there.




Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.




People who matter are most aware that everyone else does too.




It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history.




Elected leaders who forget how they got there won't the next time.




If you expect nothing, you're apt to be surprised. You'll get it.




Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.




Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he's hired to do.




The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.




By the time we've made it, we've had it.




Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections.




To measure the man, measure his heart.




Men who never get carried away should be.




Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don't understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes. Democracy isn't a business.




Let your children go if you want to keep them.




The best vision is insight.




Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.




Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.




Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.




It's more fun to arrive a conclusion than to justify it.




When you cease to dream you cease to live.




The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.




If you never budge, don't expect a push.




The more sympathy you give, the less you need.




Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.




Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.




When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.



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