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B. C. Forbes Quotes


A Scottish financial journalist and author who founded Forbes Magazine.
(1880 - 1954)

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

A shady business never yields a sunny life.
 

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?
 

Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.
 

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

Call the roll in your memory of conspicuously successful [business] giants and, if you know anything about their careers, you will be struck by the fact that almost every one of them encountered inordinate difficulties sufficient to crush all but the gamest of spirits. Edison went hungry many times before he became famous.
[Role Models]
 

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

Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.
[Adversity]
 

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

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

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.
[Faith]
 

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.
 

How we love to blame others for our misfortunes! Almost every individual who has lost money in stock speculation has on the tip of his tongue an explanation which he trots out to show that it wasn't his own fault at all.... Hardly one loser has the manliness to say frankly, "I was wrong."
[Self Reliance]
 

If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
[Business]
 

It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
 

It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is greatest need for having a fixed goal. When few comforts come from without, it is all the more necessary to have a fount to draw on from within.
[Goals]
 

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

Judgment can be acquired only by acute observation, by actual experience in the school of life, by ceaseless alertness to learn from others, by study of the activities of men who have made notable marks, by striving to analyze the everyday play of causes and effects, by constant study of human nature.
[Role Models]
 

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

Life is just an endless chain of judgements. . . . The more imperfect our judgement, the less perfect our success.
[Decisions]
 


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