Malcolm Forbes Quotes & Wallpapers

Malcolm Forbes
Total Quotes: 244


When a fissure off the California coast started pumping and dumping oil on the nearby towns and beaches, everybody started dumping on Union Oil. Matters weren't helped one iota by a manufactured quotation attributed to Union's president, Fred Hartley, alleging his amazement at the publicity for the loss of a few birds.... Fred Hartley never said what the press reported, as the transcript and the Senate committee members definitely established. But I don't suppose the truth will ever catch up with the more colorful falsehood. Malcolm Forbes

Will this massive outcry [about pollution] continue long enough to have effective results? Will federal and state laws be enacted with effective enforcement clauses? Will people be concerned long enough to pay the bill through higher prices? Will towns tole lost jobs when it proves too costly to clean obsolete plants?... I think so, but it sure won't be as easy as the present outcry and political oratory suggest. The answers to preserving a livable environment are not all simple, and some of the nuts now pushing simplistic cure-alls won't help bring about any lasting solutions. Malcolm Forbes

If you say what you think don't expect to hear only what you like. Malcolm Forbes

Drinking more often brings out the best in the good than the worst in the bad. Malcolm Forbes

Once you've given advice to someone, you're obligated. Malcolm Forbes

There is never enough time, unless you're serving it. Malcolm Forbes

Making mistakes is human ... repeating 'em is too. Malcolm Forbes

If you've had a good time playing the game, you're a winner even if you lose. Malcolm Forbes

More often than not, things and people are as they appear. Malcolm Forbes

Some days are for living. Others are for getting through. Malcolm Forbes

Presence is more than just being there. Malcolm Forbes

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

Age isn't important until you run out of it. Malcolm Forbes

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

Experts kill me. Economic experts, that is. Corporations, foundations, publications and governments pay them by the bucketful, and they fill buckets with forecasts that change more frequently than white-collar, workers do shirts. What Lies Ahead is the usual title. What Lies would often be more appropriate. If women's hemlines changed as rapidly as an economist's forecasts, the fashion people and the textile industry would be more profitable than any other. In fact, if all the country's economists were laid end to end, they still wouldn't reach a conclusion. Malcolm Forbes

Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did. Malcolm Forbes

Socialism will be here the day we share our profits to the degree we share our failures. Malcolm Forbes

Where you're from only matters in relation to where you are. Malcolm Forbes

Too few accomplish twice as much as too many. Malcolm Forbes

As you get older, don't slow down. Speed up. There's less time left! Malcolm Forbes

Crime in the city streets is more than a political issue. It's a too rampant fact.... In Indianapolis they have come up with a most sensible, affordable approach to the problem. Policemen are assigned their police patrol cars for personal use after hours. They are encouraged to use the police car while taking the family shopping, to the movies, and everywhere one takes one's family. As a result, says the Police Chief's assistant, we may have as many as 400 cars on the street instead of 100 or so per shift. [And] the presence of the police car obviously indicates the proximity of policemen. Malcolm Forbes

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

Thinkers perish, thoughts don't. Malcolm Forbes

Meaningful truths are never newly discovered; they're just uncovered anew. Malcolm Forbes

In business, there's such a thing as an invaluable person, but no such thing as an indispensable one. Malcolm Forbes

Some people as a result of adversity are sadder, wiser, kinder, more human. Most of us are better, though, when things go better. Malcolm Forbes

A lot of money doesn't make anyone more often right. It just makes him harder to correct. Malcolm Forbes

You're fortunate when you can afford to be virtuous. Malcolm Forbes

I don't waste too much time philosophizing about wealth, I just recommend it to everyone. Malcolm Forbes

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. Malcolm Forbes

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

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better. Malcolm Forbes

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

In business, there's such a thing as an invaluable person, but no such thing as an indispensable one. Malcolm Forbes

If you don't know, it's not always necessary to admit it. Malcolm Forbes

I think the terror most people are concerned with is the IRS. Malcolm Forbes

The difference between towering and cowering is totally a matter of inner posture. Malcolm Forbes

The dumbest people I know are those who know it all. Malcolm Forbes

A little while ago I visited Omaha Beach for the second time in my life. In the intervening 26 years, nearly 20,000 tides had come and gone and little remains visible of the greatest military landing in man's history of endless warring. What's to be seen is mostly in a superb museum and a panoramic cemetery. The cemetery memorializes with dignity and grandeur the event and the dead, and moves one deeply. Before they die less precipitously and/or in lesser purpose, Americans who can should visit World War II's Normandy Beach. Such seeing and remembering helps a man's perspective. Malcolm Forbes

It is a damned sight easier to start wars than to end them. This truth has been stated for as long and as often as it has been ignored. High time and thank God, we are at least moving toward de-escalation in Vietnam. The road to extrication will be long, painful, bitter. But it must be trod. We are so bogged down in Vietnam that we cannot respond effectively anywhere else in the world to a military power play except through atomic bombardment. Malcolm Forbes

When one seeks assurance, there's none from those who respond, Now, don't you worry about a thing. If you weren't worried, you wouldn't have asked. If you are concerned, it's nice to know that those you query are, too. I'll take a worrier any day over a platitudinous reassurer. Malcolm Forbes

When you catch what you're after, it's gone. Malcolm Forbes

In the long run, a short cut seldom is. Malcolm Forbes

You can't fool the mirror-what you see is what you are. Malcolm Forbes

Noone's a leader if there are no followers.. Malcolm Forbes

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

Speculator: One who bought stocks that went down. Malcolm Forbes

Isn't it fortunate how selective our recollections usually are. Malcolm Forbes

Generous gestures yield the most when that isn't their purpose. Malcolm Forbes

It's great to arrive, but the trip's most always most of the fun. Malcolm Forbes

In business, there's such a thing as an invaluable person, but no such thing as an indispensable one. Malcolm Forbes

The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy. Malcolm Forbes

It's more fun to arrive a conclusion than to justify it. Malcolm Forbes

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

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

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

Those who act as if they know more than their boss seldom do. Malcolm Forbes

I think the foremost quality - there's no success without it - is really loving what you do. If you love it, you do it well, and there's no success if you don't do well what you're working at. Malcolm Forbes

Perhaps Harvard's greatest contribution to our nation is its requirement that its on-leave professors who want to keep their crimson seats must return from Washington after 24 months. Malcolm Forbes

If the shoe fits you're lucky. Malcolm Forbes

Things there are no solution to: Inflation, bureaucracy & dandruff. Malcolm Forbes

I haven't a clue about the biology or the psychology involved when a person dissolves into tears, but it is quite fascinating to note what turns them on. There are wives who can cascade over a late husband or a burned dinner, and equally pour tears of joy over a new bonnet or a renovated bathroom.... A while ago I took a ship back from Europe. Amid the tumbling confetti ... I found myself misty-eyed watching a young lady waving a tearful farewell to her boyfriend on the dock. I couldn't figure out if I was crying at her plight, or in delight that he wasn't coming along with us. Malcolm Forbes

Some people as a result of adversity are sadder, wiser, kinder, more human. Most of us are better, though, when things go better. Knowing when to keep your mouth shut is invariably more important than opening it at the right time. Always listen to a man when he describes the faults of others. Often times, most times, he's describing his own, revealing himself. Malcolm Forbes

One's real worth is never a quantifiable thing. Malcolm Forbes

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

Compliment others on the virtues they have; and they're not half as pleased as being complimented for the ones they don't have. Malcolm Forbes

People who stare deserve the looks they get. Malcolm Forbes

Some of the biggest bores I've ever known are men who have been highly successful in business, particularly self-made heads of big companies. Before the first olive has settled into the first martini, they pour the stories of their lives into the nearest and sometimes the remotest ears capturable.... These men have indeed paid the price of success. To rise to the top of a big company often takes a totality of effort, concentration and dedication. Others, too, have to pay part of the price. Wife and children are out of mind even when in sight.... Malcolm Forbes

Meanness demeans the demeaner far more than the demeaned. Malcolm Forbes

The ultimate high: A man's abilities equaling his opinion of'em. Malcolm Forbes



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