Cornelius Vanderbilt quotes shared the thoughts of a boy who had ambitions to be rich and continued in that same mindset as a man. Some of the things he said clearly revealed a stubborn will that would one day make him a very rich man. It was clear that he believed that money could do much, then eventually felt the opposite about its reliability to make one happy. He is listed with J. P. Morgan, John Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie among others as those instrumental in building America’s infrastructure. Below are a number of Cornelius Vanderbilt quotes to read.
“I have been insane on the subject of money making all my life.”
“I just know I could make me a heap of money.”
“I have always served the public to the best of my ability. Why? Because, like every other man, it is to my interest to do so.”
“If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else.”
“There is no friendship in trade.”
“Tricks ain’t good business.”
“We made it – I knew all it needed was guts.”
“The more of it (money) one has the more one wants.”
“Never be a minion, always be an owner.”
“Pay ready money for everything you buy, and never sell anything you don’t own.”
“Never tell anyone what you are going to do till you have done it.”
“Say nothing and jump quick.”
“Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee.”
“In history, as in so much of life, you pays your money and you takes your choice.”
“I don’t care half so much about making money as I do about making my point, and coming out ahead.”
“Got to spend some money, if you want to make anything. Can’t run a ferry that won’t run.”
“Let them do what I have done.”
“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.”
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.”
“I’ve never found time to indulge more than a single ambition.”
“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.”
“I can’t run a train as far as this permanently at a loss.”
“It is not according to my mode of doing things, to bring a suit against a man that I have the power in my own hands to punish.”
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
“All you have to do is attend to your own business, then go ahead.”
“I don’t aim to stop with one [steam] boat.”
“I’m tired of working for somebody else.”
“I guess I’ve built a hundred steamships and steamboats… I never paid a dollar of insurance… Good vessels and good masters – that’s the best kind of insurance. Why should I pay somebody else to carry my risks?.”
“You’ve got to make folks believe you’ll always run. If they can depend on you, they’ll deal with you.”
“Ain’t got time to be sick.”
“I’m going to show ‘em Ma. You wait and see."
“There ain’t nothing to it, except work and giving folks what they want."
Cornelius Vanderbilt Biography
Cornelius Vanderbilt biography shares the life of an American business magnate who became rich through the shipping and railroad industry. From an early age, he wanted to be his own boss and work for himself and that he did. He stopped working with his father and worked in other places until he gained influence and launched out into the railroad and shipping business. Vanderbilt was born on May 27, 1794, and died January 4, 1877. He married his cousin Sophia Johnson in 1813 at the age of 19 and remarried in 1863 after her passing. His parents objected to the idea but he went right ahead with the marriage. He fathered 13 children and left a huge fortune to them and his second wife Frank Armstrong Crawford Vanderbilt who died 8 years after he did.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Net Worth
Cornelius Vanderbilt net worth was estimated at $185 billion in today’s money at the time of his death, this estimate was based on an inflation adjustment in 2010. The world’s richest person right now is Jeff Bezos and his net worth stand at around $152.9 billion, which should give an idea of how successful Vanderbilt was in his day.