82+ Best Milton S. Hershey Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Milton Snavely Hershey was an American chocolatier, businessman, and philanthropist. He was more than just a dreamer, he learned from his earlier mistakes. Inspirational Milton Hershey quotes will help you when all you need is a little motivation, and give you a smile.

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Most Famous Milton S. Hershey Quotes

Difficulties show men what they are. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

The value of our good is not measured by what it does, but by the amount of good it does to the one concerned. – Milton S. Hershey

Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing. – Milton S. Hershey

One is only happy in proportion as he makes others feel happy. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

It isn’t what you leave your children but how you leave them. – Milton S. Hershey

Young man: Be honest; train yourself for useful work; love God. – Milton S. Hershey

If we had helped a hundred children, it would have all been worthwhile. – Milton S. Hershey

Business is a matter of human service. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

I’m going to like being a confectioner, I know I shall! – Milton S. Hershey

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! – Milton S. Hershey

Let’s go ahead and sell the business. It will be better than being sold out. – Milton S. Hershey

In other words, they think I’m a failure and a bad investment. Is that it? – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

I will sell the caramel business, for I believe it has reached its peak. – Milton S. Hershey

Someday I may want to go into the chocolate business, for I believe it has great possibilities. – Milton S. Hershey

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? – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

You’re a fool, a diamond covered flop in a loud suit. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

A man accomplishes little when he thinks and acts alone. – Milton S. Hershey

Many a time I’ve wondered what would have become of me if she hadn’t given me a helping hand. – Milton S. Hershey

The risk is too great. – Milton S. Hershey

People are apt to buy it just to see what it’s all about. – Milton S. Hershey

That’s only a beginning, but you’ve go to have faith. – Milton S. Hershey

An interest in something new triumphs over the calendar. – Milton S. Hershey

A drinking man is a poor investment. – Milton S. Hershey

A man can learn from the other fellow, providing he keeps his mind and eyes open. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

Boys, don’t rock the boat, row it. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

Give them quality. That’s the best advertising in the world. – Milton S. Hershey

Hershey means progress. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

I failed three times because I had not taken the time to get all the facts. After that I learned my lesson well. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

I started with ambition and intention of making the best chocolate that money or skill could make, regardless of the cost of manufacture. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

I was called a dreamer, when I suggested building this town. Now the dream is beginning to materialize, but it takes more than brick and mortar to build a town. The social life is an important phase of a community, a man accomplishes little when he thinks and acts alone. – Milton S. Hershey

I’ll stake everything on chocolate. – Milton S. Hershey

I’m not going into the chocolate business to add to my wealth. – Milton S. Hershey

If ever there were two different types of men, it was my father and Harry [Lebkicher]. My father, full of his impractical ideas, and Harry, as practical and thorough going as the day is long. How they ever got along on the same farm is more than I can say. – Milton S. Hershey

If I can make money for my employer, why can’t I do just as well for myself? – Milton S. Hershey

If I can’t make a go of the chocolate business, I can always turn the factory into a large dairy barn. – Milton S. Hershey

If I rest, I’ll rust. – Milton S. Hershey

In many industries, there are a lot of men who spend a great deal of time polishing machinery and doorknobs. 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. – Milton S. Hershey

It is not [a] given for everybody to stand up at the plate and slam out a homerun… 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. – Milton S. Hershey

It is remarkable how many viewpoints there are in this world. – Milton S. Hershey

It requires the cooperation of every player on a team to win a game… – Milton S. Hershey

It takes more than brick and mortar to build a town. – Milton S. Hershey

Men and women in the country are taken for what they are worth, and less for what they seem to be. – Milton S. Hershey

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My best advice to you is – when you tackle a job stick to it until you have mastered it. – Milton S. Hershey

My success is the result of not being satisfied with mediocrity, and in making the most of my opportunities. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

Someday 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. – Milton S. Hershey

Some men are washed up when they are forty, while others just get started at that age. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

The town is growing, and one man can’t supervise everything… you’ve got to work in harmony. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

To have a quality product at a fair price. – Milton S. Hershey

We’ll grow! All we need is time. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

Whatever money you boys earn during your lifetime, use it wisely. Spend it for the good of others, and you will be richly rewarded. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

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. – Milton S. Hershey

When our employees learn that drinking means the loss of their jobs, it will give them something to think about. – Milton S. Hershey

Why a farmer should want to move to the city is more than I can understand, for a farmer has a higher standard of living than a man who lives in the city. The farmer, for instance, can build a house for the price of two- or three-years’ rent in the city. The farmer doesn’t have to keep up his appearance, as does the man in the city. The useless extravagance that makes the bill for clothing the heaviest drain on the city man’s pocketbook is lacking in the farmer’s case. Men and women in the country are taken for what they are worth, and less for what they seem to be. – Milton S. Hershey

Why shouldn’t I work! – Milton S. Hershey

You can surmount failure. You can be battered down three times, as I was, and still come out on top. – Milton S. Hershey

You can’t keep the corners brushed up if you don’t keep after them with a broom. – Milton S. Hershey

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