quote about the boat and the picture
Does anyone know what the source or the exact words of the quote related to the boat & oar picture that Carnegie kept for some time? (As far as I have heard, the quote isn't really due to Carnegie but it was his lifetime motto)
There are two versions of the story which go like this:
Carnegie in his later years kept in his office an old painting of a boat and an oar on a sandy beach, drawn by some unknown painter. The picture itself was in no way of artistic value but at the bottom of it was a sentence that read something like ... "The high tide will come. On that day, I will go out to the sea."
The exact wording of this sentence is what I don't remember (and would like to know) but the message it gave to Carnegie was to be persistent and to never give up.
It is said that he found this picture in his 20s when he used to be a traveling salesman. And that sentence has been his lifetime motto ever since.
Carnegie visited the mayor of the city he lived in, found that painting in the mayor's office, and was deeply touched by it. And that saying became his motto from that point on.
Immer in Bewegung 23:14, 8 December 2008 (UTC)