Malcolm Forbes

American publisher (1919-1990)

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (19 August 191924 February 1990) was an American businessman, and the publisher of Forbes magazine.


  • Be Nice. Contrary to the cliché, genuinely nice guys most often finish first or very near it. I admit it's not easy when you've got a gripe. To be agreeable while disagreeing — that's an art.
    Be natural — write the way you talk.
    • "How to Write a Business Letter" —an advertisement for International Paper Company (1979)
  • Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time.
    • As quoted in Clean Your House & Everything In It (1982) by Eugenia Chapman and Jill C. Major, p. 100
  • It's always worthwhile to make others aware of their worth.
    • As quoted by T. Duncan in Wealth Strategies: 9 1/2 steps to achieving physical, financial, and Spiritual abundance (2000) p. 196
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