80 Best Milton Hershey Quotes And Sayings To Inspire You

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Milton Hershey was an American philanthropist, chocolatier, and a businessman. Hershey is also called ‘the builder, and ‘chocolate king,’ and is best known as the founder of Hershey Company and Hershey Cemetery.

Hershey’s has written a number of quotes on success, business, work and life which will inspire and motivate others to achieve greatness but be humble at the same time.

Famous Milton Hershey Quotes

  1. “If I rest, I’ll rust.”

  2. “The risk is too great.”

  3. “Why shouldn’t I work!”

  4. “I was called a dreamer…”

  5. “Hershey means progress.”

  6. “We’ll grow! All we need is time.”

  7. “Boys, don’t rock the boat, row it.”

  8. “I’ll stake everything on chocolate.”

  9. “Difficulties show men what they are.”

  10. “A drinking man is a poor investment.”

  11. “Business is a matter of human service.”

  12. “To have a quality product at a fair price.”

  13. “You’re a fool, a diamond covered flop in a loud suit.”

  14. “That’s only a beginning, but you’ve go to have faith.”

  15. “It takes more than brick and mortar to build a town.”

  16. “I’m going to like being a confectioner, I know I shall!”

  17. “People are apt to buy it just to see what it’s all about.”

  18. “Give them quality. That’s the best kind of advertising.”

  19. “Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing.”

  20. “A man accomplishes little when he thinks and acts alone.”

  21. “Give them quality. That’s the best advertising in the world.”

  22. “You can only make money by giving people what they want…”

  23. “It isn’t what you leave your children but how you leave them.”

  24. “It is remarkable how many viewpoints there are in this world.”

  25. “One is only happy in proportion as he makes others feel happy.”

  26. “Young man: Be honest; train yourself for useful work; love God.”

  27. “I will sell the caramel business, for I believe it has reached its peak.”

  28. “It requires the cooperation of every player on a team to win a game…”

  29. “Caramels are just a fad. The chocolate market will be a permanent one.”

  30. “If we had helped a hundred children it would have all been worthwhile.”

  31. “In other words, they think I’m a failure and a bad investment. Is that it?”

  32. “Let’s go ahead and sell the business. It will be better than being sold out.”

  33. “If I can make money for my employer, why can’t I do just as well for myself?”

  34. “Pure air and sunshine are as much importance to a cow as good food and water.”

  35. “You can’t keep the corners brushed up if you don’t keep after them with a broom.”

  36. “A man can learn from the other fellow, providing he keeps his mind and eyes open.”

  37. “My best advice to you is when you tackle a job stick to it until you have mastered it.”

  38. “Some men are washed up when they are forty, while others just get started at that age.”

  39. “Some day I may want to go into the chocolate business, for I believe it has great possibilities.”

  40. “The town is growing, and one man can’t supervise everything… you’ve got to work in harmony.”

  41. “If I can’t make a go of the chocolate business, I can always turn the factory into a large dairy barn.”

  42. “You can surmount failure. You can be battered down three times, as I was, and still come out on top.”

  43. “Men and women in the country are taken for what they are worth, and less for what they seem to be.”

  44. “On one never being too old to do anything. An interest in something new triumphs over the calendar.”

  45. “I failed three times because I had not taken the time to get all the facts. After that I learned my lesson well.”

  46. “My success is the result of not being satisfied with mediocrity, and in making the most of my opportunities.”

  47. “When our employees learn that drinking means the loss of their jobs, it will give them something to think about.”

  48. “The value of our good is not measured by what it does, but by the amount of good it does to the one concerned.”

  49. “I betcha when I grow up and get to be rich, I’ll take care of you little boys better than my father does me! You betcha I will!”

  50. “I retired from business and started out to see the world, but idleness didn’t sit well with me, so I got into the harness again.”

  51. “Whatever money you boys earn during your lifetime, use it wisely. Spend it for the good of others, and you will be richly rewarded.”

  52. “Take a man of fair intelligence, give him a fair chance, and he will soon learn to do anything that any other intelligent man is doing.”

  53. “One is only happy in proportion as he makes others feel happy and only useful as he contributes his influences for the finer callings in life.”

  54. “I started with ambition and intention of making the best chocolate that money or skill could make, regardless of the cost of manufacture.”

  55. “Some day I’m going to build a hotel up here… I won’t be ready to build the hotel for some time yet, but it’s something to look forward to.”

  56. “I want you to visit East Aurora and look things over. You should be able to bring back some ideas that we could utilize to good advantage.”

  57. “What I want to do more than anything else is to give my employees an opportunity of advancing themselves in this world, and to give them a helping hand.”

  58. “As country bankers we haven’t done so badly. The Pennsylvania-Dutch have always believed in saving for that proverbial rainy day and they know the value of a dollar.”

  59. “My experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren’t so because of what they know, but because of their insatiable need to know more.”

  60. “I am a firm believer in printers’ ink, although I didn’t get along very well with the trade, or the trade didn’t get along very well with me, whichever way you choose to look at it.”

  61. “The quality of an employee’s work is directly affected to a degree that can be measured exactly in percentages of efficiency by his mental and physical condition when working.”

  62. “The Holstein produces milk that is low in fat content. The fat globules are small and the milk creams slowly. It is the kind of milk that’s best adapted for the manufacture of chocolate.”

  63. “I often hear people say that ‘children are not what they used to be.’ But I have the conviction that they are just what they always have been. Perhaps it is the parents who have changed.”

  64. “If you get $1,000,000 for the business, it will be the biggest surprise of my life. But I’d advise you to get a certified check for the full amount in case they should change their minds.”

  65. “They won’t have to walk, Harry, for I’m thinking of building a miniature railway to the lower end of the park. Someday I’m going to improve that out-of-the-way place, as you choose to call it.”

  66. “I believed that, if I put a chocolate on the market that was better than anyone else was making, or was likely to make, and keep it absolutely uniform in quality, the time would come when the public would appreciate it and buy it.”

  67. “The very foundation of our national life depends on the intelligent work of the farmer. The future welfare of our people depends on the creation of a finer type of civic life, and I believe that we must look to the farmer to lead the way.”

  68. “I’m not going into the chocolate business to add to my wealth. I have all the money I need now and what I want to do is to find a practical use for the money entrusted to me. I want to find a way to put it to work so that it will benefit others.”

  69. “Of course, there are exceptions, but an interest in something new triumphs over the calendar. Since I turned seventy years of age, I have started dozens of new enterprises. Now at eight-five I am engaged in the greatest enterprise of all, working for Uncle Sam.”

  70. “An employee who has been dissipating the night before going to his daily toil will be less accurate, less careful, and less rapid – in a word, less efficient in every way, and such employees in reality earn less than the wage paid – it may be ten, twenty-five, or even fifty percent.”

  71. “Only the other day an advertising man told me that if I would give him a percentage of our advertising appropriation, he would double our output. He was astounded when I told him we didn’t have any advertising appropriation, and that we had built up our business without it.”

  72. “The people of this community enjoy every facility, such as baseball, football, swimming and boating. Now thinking they might want to play golf; I built a golf course. Possibly in doing this I may have had an ulterior motive, for you see I also like to play a round of golf once in a while.”

  73. “In many industries, there are a lot of men who spend a great deal of time polishing machinery and door knobs. We’re going to do that too. But what I want to do more than anything else is to give my employees an opportunity of advancing themselves in this world, and to give them a helping hand.”

  74. “Some people think that I’ve had an easy time of it. They say that I have the Hershey luck, whatever that is, and as a result money flowed into my lap. But luck had nothing to do with my success. As I see it, my success is the result of not being satisfied with mediocrity, and in making the most of my opportunities.”

  75. “We should deal with one another not as classes but as persons, as brothers. The more closely we work together, the more effectively [we can] contribute to the better health of all mankind; this should be our common objective and its achievement would make the world a happier place in which to live.”

  76. “When I failed in New York City I was able to pay my creditors forty cents on the dollar. As soon as I got on my feet financially I returned to New York City and paid my creditors the remaining sixty percent of my indebtedness. I never did anything since that gave me as much satisfaction as when I paid back that money.”

  77. “Back in 1898 I bought the old homestead with the idea that some day I might retire and become a gentleman farmer. But one Sunday afternoon while Mrs Hershey and I were up here looking about, she remarked, ‘Why don’t you build your factory here in this lovely valley?’ Her suggestion echoed something in my own mind and I decided to go ahead.”

  78. “Every employee is a cog in the large Hershey business machine. Now, a broken cog is useless, sometimes dangerous, and a drinking employee is the worst kind of ‘broken cog,’ one that even the largest and most altruistic corporations have discovered cannot be endured without loss to their business in reputation, property, or efficiency.”

  79. “You can only make money by giving people what they want, and by making good use of your opportunities. When I started making chocolate I didn’t follow the policies of those already in the business. If I had, I would never have made a go of it. Instead, I started out with the determination to make a better nickel chocolate bar than any of my competitors made, and I did so.”

  80. “Originally I planned to build my factory in Lancaster, but the property owners wanted too much money for their sites, so I looked elsewhere. I inspected locations in four states, and it was not until then that I was convinced that Derry Township was the most suitable place for me to build the factory. When my friends learned that I was going to build the factory up here they thought I had gone out of my mind.”

  81. “I am in urgent need of $500. Aunt Mattie says that you and Uncle Ben are to send it to us at once, otherwise she will have to come up to see you, for it is important that we get the money. We are going to move into a larger place which will give us more elbow room so that we can increase our output of candies. Aunt Mattie is in favor of moving, for we also make a big saving in rent. She says I should tell you that she is going to put an additional $500 in the business.”

  82. “When I left home as a boy to tackle the job of making a living my mother gave me some good advice. She said, ‘Milton, you are now going out into the world to make a man of yourself. My best advice to you is – when you tackle a job stick to it until you have mastered it.’ I never have forgotten those words and now when I think of the chocolate business and the way it has grown I think it was my mother’s advice that spurred me on and helped me to overcome my obstacles.”

  83. “That’s a difficult question to answer. Some men are washed up when they are forty, while others just get started at that age. The other day I was shown an old newspaper clipping about myself which explained why I had founded the school for orphan boys. The headline read, ‘Hershey Feels the End Is Near.’ Twenty-five years have passed since then, and in those years, I have been able to accomplish many of the things I wanted to do. That doesn’t look as though I sat down and waited for the end, does it?”

  84. “When I sold my caramel business in 1901, I retired from business and started out to see the world, but idleness didn’t sit well with me, so I got into the harness again. I planned to build my factory in Lancaster but I was forced to look elsewhere. I looked around a great deal before deciding on Derry Township where I was born. Now I’m glad I did. In the short time that we have been in the chocolate business we have done very nicely. Far better than we anticipated. In fact, gentlemen, I little dreamed in 1901 that there would ever be such a town as Hershey.”

  85. “It pleases me to see so many of you men take an interest in things that pertain to the good of the town. This town will grow if its citizens cooperate in all of its activities. It is not [a] given for everybody to stand up at the plate and slam out a home-run… but we may be able to lay down a bunt that will bring in the winning run. That’s just as effective even though it may not be as spectacular. It requires the cooperation of every player on a team to win a game, all of which is application to other things, too. All of us should strive to do our part in building this town, to cooperate with each other, and by so doing make the work easier for each one of us. If we do that, life will have a bigger and better meaning for us all.”


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