36 Invaluable B. C. Forbes Quotes

B. C. Forbes was an American financial journalist author and founder of Forbes Magazine. Forbes founded his magazine in 1917 and served as editor in chief until his death in New York City in 1954. Here is a listing to some of the most memorable B. C. Forbes quotes.

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

“A price has to be paid for success.”

“A shady business never yields a sunny life.”

“Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.”

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

“Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.”


“Don’t forget until too late that the business of life is not business but living.”

“First make sure that what you aspire to accomplish is worth accomplishing, and then throw your whole vitality into it. What’s worth doing is worth doing well.”

“Golf is an ideal diversion, but a ruinous disease.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Honesty is the cornerstone of character.”

“How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.”

“How you start is important, very important, but in the end it is how you finish that counts. It is easier to be a self-starter than a self-finisher.”

“I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age.”

“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.”

“In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter in life’s race. In America we breed many hares but not so many tortoises.”

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

“It’s so much easier to do good than to be good.”

“Jealousy… is a mental cancer.”

“No man can fight his way to the top and stay at the top without exercising the fullest measure of grit, courage, determination, resolution.”

“Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity’s door if you ardently wish to enter.”

“Our future and our fate lie in our wills more than in our hands, for our hands are but the instruments of our wills.”

“Real riches are the riches possessed inside.”

“The be-all and end-all of life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world.”

“The man who has done his level best… is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.”

“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.”

“The things that are most worthwhile in life are really those within the reach of almost every normal human being who cares to seek them out.”

“There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.”

“Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing.”

“To make headway, improve your head.”

“Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.”

“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.”

“Upon our children-how they are taught-rests the fate-or fortune-of tomorrow’s world.”

“What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you.”

“Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert.”

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