Malcolm S. Forbes, fully Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Sr.

Malcolm S.
Forbes, fully Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Sr.

American Publisher of Forbes Magazine, founded by his father B.C. Forbes, now run by his son Steve Forbes

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

It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.

The richest person in the world - in fact, all the riches in the world - couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library. You can measure the awareness, the breadth, and the wisdom of a civilization, a nation, a people by the priority given to preserving these repositories of all that we are, all that we were, or will be.

Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.

Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are.

The smart ones ask when they don't know. And, sometimes, when they do.

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

Never perish a good thought.

There are more fakers in business than in jail.

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.

Nobody can make anybody be someone he or she doesn't want to be.

There's no way to move without making waves.

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

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one lies forever in debt to those who are kind.

Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.

I don't think anybody can be a success who doesn't like what they do. [But it's] no job if it has no challenge; there's nothing to it if there are no problems. The essential thing is liking what you're doing.

One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is worth half-a-hundred half-finished tasks.

Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.

I was loaded with sheer ability, spelled i-n-h-e-r-i-t-a-n-c-e.

Pay your people the least possible and you'll get from them the same.

To live long and achieve happiness, cultivate the art of radiating happiness.

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.

People who never get carried away should be.

Venture nothing, and life is less than it should be.

A bore: Someone who persists in holding to his own views after we have enlightened him with ours.

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American Publisher of Forbes Magazine, founded by his father B.C. Forbes, now run by his son Steve Forbes