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B. C. Forbes
B. C. Forbes
(1880 - 1954)
Scottish financial journalist and author.
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Money, or even power, can never yield happiness unless it be accompanied by the goodwill of others.
- B. C. Forbes | Happiness Quotes
Money, or even power, can never yield happiness unless it be accompanied by the goodwill of others.
- B. C. Forbes | Happiness Quotes
You have no idea how big the other fellow's troubles are.
- B. C. Forbes | Other Side Quotes
Jealousy is an inner consciousness of one's own inferiority. It is a mental cancer.
- B. C. Forbes | Other Side Quotes
The human being who lives only for himself finally reaps nothing but unhappiness. Selfishness corrodes. Unselfishness ennobles, satisfies. Don't put off the joy derivable from doing helpful, kindly things for others.
The way to make a true friend is to be one. Friendship implies loyalty, esteem, cordiality, sympathy, affection, readiness to aid, to help, to stick, to fight for, if need be. ... Radiate friendship and it will return sevenfold.
- B. C. Forbes | Friendship Quotes
The real friend is he or she who can share all our sorrow and double our joys.
- B. C. Forbes | Friendship Quotes
Pity the human being who is not able to connect faith within himself with the infinite.... 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.
- B. C. Forbes | Faith and Unity Quotes
Search and you will find that at the base and birth of every great business organization was an enthusiast, a man consumed with earnestness of purpose, with confidence in his powers, with faith in the worthwhileness of his endeavors.
- B. C. Forbes | Self-Confidence Quotes
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."
- B. C. Forbes | Self-Reliance Quotes
The man of fixed ingrained principles who has mapped out a straight course, and has the courage and self-control to adhere to it, does not find life complex. Complexities are all of our own making.
- B. C. Forbes | Simplicity Quotes
Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. They have retained bubbling-over boyishness. They have relished wit, they have indulged in humor. They have not allowed "dignity" to depress them into moroseness. Youthfulness of spirit is the twin brother of optimism, and optimism is the stuff of which American business success is fashioned. Resist growing up!
- B. C. Forbes | Enthusiasm Quotes
Call the roll in your memory of conspicuously successful business giants and ... 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.
- B. C. Forbes | Role Models Quotes
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.
- B. C. Forbes | Role Models Quotes
Life is just an endless chain of judgements. . . . The more imperfect our judgement, the less perfect our success.
- B. C. Forbes | Decisions Quotes
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?
- B. C. Forbes | Right Quotes
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.
- B. C. Forbes | Goals Quotes
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.
- B. C. Forbes | Worry Quotes
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.
- B. C. Forbes | Risks Quotes
When it comes to betting on yourself ... you're a chicken-livered coward if you hesitate.
- B. C. Forbes | Courage Quotes
When it comes to betting on yourself ... you're a chicken-livered coward if you hesitate.
- B. C. Forbes | Women's Movement Quotes
Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. They have retained bubbling-over boyishness. They have relished wit, they have indulged in humor. They have not allowed "dignity" to depress them into moroseness. Youthfulness of spirit is the twin brother of optimism, and optimism is the stuff of which American business success is fashioned. Resist growing up!
- B. C. Forbes | Success Quotes
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.
- B. C. Forbes | Success Quotes
Call the roll in your memory of conspicuously successful business giants and ... 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.
- B. C. Forbes | Success Quotes
The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes | Success Quotes
The man who is intent on making the most of his opportunities is too busy to bother about luck.
- B. C. Forbes | Luck Quotes
Lady Luck generally woos those who earnestly, enthusiastically, unremittingly woo her.
Opportunity can benefit no man who has not fitted himself to seize it and use it. Opportunity woos the worthy, shuns the unworthy. Prepare yourself to grasp opportunity, and opportunity is likely to come your way. It is not so fickle, capricious and unreasoning as some complain.
- B. C. Forbes | Opportunity Quotes
Mediocre men wait for opportunity to come to them. Strong, able, alert men go after opportunity.
- B. C. Forbes | Opportunities Quotes
Our future and our fate lie in our wills more than in our hands, for our hands are but the instruments of our wills.
- B. C. Forbes | Commitment Quotes
Many a man has walked up to the opportunity for which he has long been preparing himself, looked it full in the face, and then begun to get cold feet... when it comes to betting on yourself and your power to do the thing you know you must do or write yourself down a failure, you're a chicken-livered coward if you hesitate.
The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes | Action Quotes
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.
Diamonds are only lumps of coal that stuck to their jobs.
Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.
The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.
- B. C. Forbes | Adversity Quotes


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