"A drinking man is a poor investment.
"A man accomplishes little when he thinks and acts alone." [On building the town of Hershey]
"A man can learn from the other fellow, providing he keeps his mind and eyes open."
"An interest in something new triumphs over the calendar." [On one never being too old to do anything.]
"A love that has nothing to do with each other, for I feel my love for each of you is total and all-encompassing. Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It’s a good life, enjoy it."
"Boys, don’t rock the boat, row it."
"Business is a matter of human service."
"Caramels are just a fad. The chocolate market will be a permanent one."
"Give them quality. That’s the best kind of advertising in the world."
"God speaks through men to speak the truth, our hands to do His work here below, voices and clean hands to make liberty and love prevail over injustice and hate."
"Hershey means progress."
"I admire that man. He does not want charity or anyone to support his family. Although he is a skilled mechanic he told me he would work in a ditch or anywhere to support his family."
"I am a Christian in the only sense that Christ wished anyone to be, sincerely attached to his doctrine in preference to all others. I became a Mennonite and when I went to church with my mother, and I am still a Mennonite."
"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."
"I betcha when I grow up and get rich I’ll take care of you little boys better than my father does me! You betcha I will!" [As a child having to move when the family farm was foreclosed on]
"I failed three times because I had not taken the time to get all the facts. After that I learned my lesson well."
"If I can make money for my employer, why can’t I do just as well for myself?"
"If I can’t make a go of the chocolate business, I can always turn the factory into a large dairy barn."
"If I ever become rich, I am going to use my money to build schools to give every boy and girl an opportunity to get an education."
"If I rest, I’ll rust."
"If the-wrong people or organization get control, they can spend or give away more money in a short time than I have made in my life, to build monuments unto themselves, for their own financial gains, ego and recognition-whose heads would swell and hearts would shrink, who would give to those who had plenty and take away from those who had little or none."
"I’ll stake everything on chocolate."
"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."
"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."
"In this blooming civilization, with its economic setup, relatively few men can afford tailor-made suits or shoes built according to their own lasts. But, there is not a man who can’t tailor the garments of his own soul; to get an excellent fit in principles; wearing his philosophy in comfort and pride."
"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."
"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 started with ambition and intention of making the best chocolate that money or skill could make, regardless of the cost of manufacture."
"It is remarkable how many viewpoints there are in this world."
"It takes more than brick and mortar to build a town."
"I think if you study-if you learn too much of what others have done, you may tend to take the same direction as everybody else."
"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 isn’t what you leave your children but how you leave them."
"It requires the cooperation of every player on a team to win a game…"
"I was called a dreamer…"
"My best advice to you is – when you tackle a job stick to it until you have mastered it."
"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."
"My success is the result of not being satisfied with mediocrity, and in making the most of my opportunities."
"No education, therefore, is complete or indeed sufficient which does not inspire the student with a sense of responsibility; so to live that he shall, by act or by word, install or enforce in the hearts, the minds, the souls, the conscience of men, those eternal varieties of human life without which civilization would perish-to worship one common God, to maintain civic an personal morality, to love our neighbor as ourselves and to govern our conduct accordingly."
"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."
"Some men are washed up when they are forty, while others just get started at that age."
"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."
"The main object in view is to train young men to useful trades and occupations, so that they can earn their own livelihood."
"Therefore, you should take your problem as you asked it, nay pray for it. Difficulties show men what they are."
"The value of our good is not measured by what it does, but by the amount of good it does to the one concerned."
"To have a quality product at a fair price."
"We’ll grow! All we need is time."
"We should deal with one another not as classes but as person, as brothers. The more closely we work together, the more effectively can we 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."
"Whatever money you boys earn during your lifetime, use it wisely. Spend it for the good of others, and you will be richly rewarded."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"When I started out 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."
"Why shouldn’t I work!"
"Without faith; in our work and in ourselves we cannot succeed in a long measure in life’s undertaking. Without faith we cannot know our God and Creator."
"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."
"You can surmount failure. You can be battered down three times, as I was, and still come out on top."
"You can’t keep the corners brushed up if you don’t keep after them with a broom."
"Young man: Be honest; train yourself for useful work; love God."