35 Malcolm Forbes Quotes To Inspire You

Delve into some of the most inspiring Malcolm Forbes quotes and sayings that will inspire you to have a growth mindset.

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was an American entrepreneur and politician most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes.

He was also known for his extravagant lifestyle and flamboyant personality. Forbes was a keen advocate for capitalism and entrepreneurship, and he often shared his views on business and success through his writings and speeches.

Estimated net worth estimated, of course, by Forbes magazine: $400 million to $1 billion.

Forbes was an avid motorcyclist known for his love of adventure and the open road. He often rode his motorcycle, a custom-built Harley-Davidson, as a symbol of freedom and independence.

Renowned for his daring spirit and visionary outlook, Forbes’ words continue to inspire and provoke introspection. Here are a few of his notable quotes;

Top 10 Malcolm Forbes Quotes

  1. “The best vision is insight.” — Malcolm Forbes 

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  2. Failure is success if we learn from it.” — Malcolm Forbes         

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  3. “The art of conversation lies in listening.” — Malcolm Forbes 

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    Quotes by Malcolm Forbes
  4. “Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” — Malcolm Forbes 

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  5. “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” — Malcolm Forbes     

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  6. “The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” — Malcolm Forbes

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  7. “The key to success is not through achievement, but through enthusiasm.” — Malcolm Forbes
  8. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” — Malcolm Forbes 

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  9. “Presence is more than just being there.” — Malcolm Forbes 

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

Famous Malcolm Forbes Quotes

  1. “Nothing is sometimes the right thing to say.” — Malcolm Forbes
  2. Money isn’t everything as long as you have enough.” — Malcolm Forbes
  3. “The dumbest people I know are those who know it all.” — Malcolm Forbes
  4. “Some days are for living. Others are for getting through.” — Malcolm Forbes
  5. “When what we are is what we want to be, that’s happiness.” — Malcolm Forbes
  6. “It’s always worthwhile to make others aware of their worth.” — Malcolm Forbes
  7. “The smart ones ask when they don’t know. And, sometimes, when they do.” — Malcolm Forbes
  8. “If you’ve had a good time playing the game, you’re a winner even if you lose.” — Malcolm Forbes
  9. “Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.” — Malcolm Forbes
  10. “Since you have to do the things you have to do, be wise enough to do some of the things you want to do.” — Malcolm Forbes

Best Malcolm Forbes Quotes

  1. “In the long run, a shortcut seldom is.” — Malcolm Forbes
  2. “To measure the man, measure his heart.” — Malcolm Forbes
  3. “When you cease to dream you cease to live.” — Malcolm Forbes
  4. “There’s no way to move without making waves.” — Malcolm Forbes
  5. “Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did.” — Malcolm Forbes
  6. “If you have a job without any aggravations, you don’t have a job.” — Malcolm Forbes
  7. “Elected leaders who forget how they got there won’t the next time.” — Malcolm Forbes
  8. “Pay your people the least possible and you’ll get from them the same.” — Malcolm Forbes
  9. “It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.” — Malcolm Forbes
  10. Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.” — Malcolm Forbes
  11. “To live long and achieve happiness, cultivate the art of radiating happiness.” — Malcolm Forbes
  12. “Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.” — Malcolm Forbes
  13. “It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history.” — Malcolm Forbes
  14. “Only a handful of companies understand that all successful business operations come down to three basic principles: People, Product, Profit.” — Malcolm Forbes
  15. “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.” — Malcolm Forbes


Forbes passed away in 1990, but his legacy continues through Forbes magazine and the Forbes brand, which remains one of the most influential voices in business and finance.

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