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Malcolm Forbes Quotes

Was the publisher of Forbes magazine.
(1919 - 1990)

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Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

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

Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time.

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

Contrary to the cliché, genuinely nice guys most often finish first or very near it.

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

Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

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

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

Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.

Executives who get there and stay suggest solutions when they present the problems.

Failure is success if we learn from it.

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.

How to succeed: try hard enough. How to fail: Try too hard.

If you don't know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route.

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

If you have a job without any aggravations, you don't have a job.

If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.

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

If you're looking for perfection, look in the mirror. If you find it there, expect it elsewhere.

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