B. C. Forbes Quotes

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

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.

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

Plan your work – work your plan

The Bible says, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ Have you a vision? And are you undeviatingly pressing and pushing toward its accomplishment? Dreaming alone will not get you there. Mix your dreams with determination and action.

Acting without thinking is like shooting without aiming.

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

Cheerfulness is among the most laudable virtues. It gains you the good will and friendship of others. It blesses those who practice it and those upon whom it is bestowed.

Selfishness corrodes. Unselfishness ennobles, satisfies. Don’t put off the joy derivable from doing helpful, kindly things for others.

Success is sweetest to one who has known failure.

The most profitless things to manufacture are excuses.

Honesty is the cornerstone of character. The honest man or woman seeks not merely to avoid criminal or illegal acts, but to be scrupulously fair, upright, fearless in both action and expression. Honesty pays dividends both in dollars and in peace of mind.


A word of appreciation often can accomplish what nothing else could accomplish.

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.

An idea, like a machine, must have power applied to it before it can accomplish anything.

Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. Youthfulness of spirit is the twin brother of optimism… Resist growing up!

Real riches are the riches possessed inside.

Money, or even power, can never yield happiness unless it be accompanied by the goodwill of others.

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

Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.

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

Timing is everything. Tell me how a young man spends his evenings and I will tell you how far he is likely to go in the world. The popular notion is that a youth’s progress depends upon how he acts during his working hours. It doesn’t. It depends far more upon how he utilizes his leisure…If he spends it in harmless idleness, he is likely to be kept on the payroll, but that will be about all. If he diligently utilizes his own time…to fit himself for more responsible duties, then the greater responsibilities – and greater rewards – are almost certain to come to him.

Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.

To make headway, improve your head.