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Malcolm Forbes
Born Malcolm Stevenson Forbes
(1919-08-19)19 August 1919[1]
Brooklyn, New York
Died 24 February 1990(1990-02-24) (aged 70)
Far Hills, New Jersey
Nationality American
Education A.B., 1941. Political science
Alma mater Lawrenceville School, Princeton University[1]
Occupation Publisher, businessman
Known for Promotion of capitalism, lavish lifestyle, art collection, motorcycling, ballooning[1]
Net worth $400 million to $1 billion[1]
Term New Jersey State Senator (1951–58)[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Roberta Remsen Laidlaw
Children Steve Forbes, Christopher Forbes
Parent(s) B. C. Forbes
Relatives Forbes family (publishers)
Awards Motorcycle Hall of Fame 1999[2]
New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1941–1946[3]
Rank Staff sergeant[3]
Unit 334th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division[3]
Awards Bronze Star Medal[3]
Purple Heart[3]

The more sympathy you give, the less you need.
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
Elected leaders who forget how they got there won't the next time.
Let your children go if you want to keep them.
The best vision is insight.
The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.
Malcolm Forbes
Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.
Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.
Malcolm Forbes
Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he's hired to do.
Malcolm Forbes
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
By the time we've made it, we've had it.
Presence is more than just being there.
If you have a job without any aggravations, you don't have a job.
If you expect nothing, you're apt to be surprised. You'll get it.
If you never budge, don't expect a push.
Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful.
Malcolm Forbes
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
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
Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.
Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.
If you don't know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route.
Malcolm Forbes
Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time.
Failure is success if we learn from it.
When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.
Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections.
Malcolm Forbes
What's an expert? I read somewhere, that the more a man knows, the more he knows, he doesn't know. So I suppose one definition of an expert would be someone who doesn't admit out loud that he knows enough about a subject to know he doesn't really know how much.
Malcolm Forbes
Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.
It's more fun to arrive a conclusion than to justify it.
When you cease to dream you cease to live.
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
Malcolm Forbes
Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are.
Malcolm Forbes
Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.
Malcolm Forbes
To measure the man, measure his heart.

Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.
Pay your people the least possible and you'll get from them the same.
It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.
Malcolm Forbes
Men who never get carried away should be.
People who never get carried away should be.
People who matter are most aware that everyone else does too.