Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965)

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.”

“To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.”

“Two things are bad for the heart – running up stairs and running down people.”

“Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.”

“Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.”

“The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.”

“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”

“Don’t try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can’t be done except by liars.”

“Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.”

“The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.”

“A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren’t still there, he’s no longer a political leader.”

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.”

“Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures.”

“Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want.”

“In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.”

“You can talk about capitalism and communism and all that sort of thing, but the important thing is the struggle everybody is engaged in to get better living conditions, and they are not interested too much in government.”

“There are no such things as incurables, there are only things for which man has not found a cure.”

“Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see. Know also when you actually have thought through to the nature of the thing with which you are dealing and when you are not thinking at all.”

“I made my money by selling too soon.”

“Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing.”

“If you have made a mistake, cut your losses as quickly as possible.”

“I am interested in physical medicine because my father was. I am interested in medical research because I believe in it. I am interested in arthritis because I have it.”

“Let us not be deceived – we are today in the midst of a cold war.”

“We can’t cross that bridge until we come to it, but I always like to lay down a pontoon ahead of time.”

“Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation.”

“Always do one thing less than you think you can do.”

“The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles.”

“We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.”

“I am quite sure that in the hereafter she will take me by the hand and lead me to my proper seat.”

“Gold has worked down from Alexander’s time… When something holds good for two thousand years I do not believe it can be so because of prejudice or mistaken theory.”

“A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs.”

“Never follow the crowd.”

“If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything, it is that peace does not follow disarmament – disarmament follows peace.”

“No man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of the world.”

“Nobody ever lost money taking a profit.”

“If you get all the facts, your judgment can be right; if you don’t get all the facts, it can’t be right.”

“Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.”

“Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought.”

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