A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.
Other Andrew Carnegie quotes:
I have had a long, long life full of troubles, but there is one curious fact about them-nine-tenths of them never happened.
The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
Men who reach decisions promptly usually have the capacity to move with definiteness of purpose in other circumstances.
Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse, seamstress, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel, and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar, and friend. No servants to come between. These are the boys who are born to the best fortune.
The sole purpose of being rich is to give away money.
Every act you have ever performed since the day you were born was performed because you wanted something.
The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.
Teamwork appears most effective if each individual helps others to succeed, increasing the synergy of that team; ideally, every person will contribute different skills to increase the efficiency of the team and develop its unity.
I don't believe in God. My God is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life.
Perhaps the most tragic thing about mankind is that we are all dreaming about some magical garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are right outside today.