Dusty Quotations


Who is Dale Carnegie?

Dale Carnegie (/ˈkɑːrnɪɡi/; spelled Carnagey until c. 1922; November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955) was an American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Born into poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), a bestseller that remains popular today. He also wrote How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), Lincoln the Unknown (1932), and several other books.

One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other people’s behavior by changing one’s behavior towards them.

2 thoughts on “Dusty Quotations

  1. One of my favorite quotes from not a real person – The popular stereotype of the researcher is that of a skeptic and a pessimist. Nothing could be further from the truth! Scientists must be optimists at heart, in order to block out the incessant chorus of those who say “It cannot be done.”

    1. I had to look this one up. Good quote.

      I think there’s a split between two types of people in the science world. There are the people trying new things, and pushing boundaries, and then there are the people who *despise* change b/c it threatens their own work, or their own understanding of the world. I think science probably needs both types of people, but it’s definitely true that the skeptics are the stereotype, which is pretty bizarre. The optimists are always portrayed as nutcases like Doc Emmett Brown.