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Quotes from Milton Hershey

Quotes from Milton Hershey

As a successful business owner and philanthropist, Milton Hershey had life experience that inspired others. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Hershey was a man who always put his community first and believed business was about more than money–it was about helping others, doing something interesting, and connecting with the people around him.

Milton Hershey often shared his values and the way he approached life with local newspapers. To learn more about the founder of Milton Hershey School, browse some of his inspirational quotes!


"One must have a reasonable optimism. It is the force that makes the world go." --Quote by Milton Hershey


"The help-the-other-fellow principle is the only one that will succeed in modern business. And strangely enough it brings efficiency, you know." -- a quote by Milton Hershey

A Fair Chance

"Take a man of fair intelligence, give him a fair chance, and he can soon learn to do anything that any other intelligent man is doing." --Milton Hershey

Overcoming Failure

"I failed. It was a bad beginning...I suppose I never would have done anything if I hadn't kept coming back." --Milton Hershey

Looking Forward

"I never look back. I look ahead." --Milton Hershey

His Vision

"When I started the school, I had no idea what would happen. I thought that if it grew to provide for a hundred boys, it would have been a good job." -- Quote by Milton Hershey

A Home and School

"My wife and I decided that we ought to do was hers and mine." --Milton Hershey

A Common Sense Story

"If you write anything about me, just write a common sense story and tell them what we are trying to do and what we hope to do." --Milton Hershey

The Future Itself

"Our boys are our finest possession. With them must rest the realization of all those high hopes held by this generation. They are the future itself, growing up before our eyes." --Milton Hershey


"The more beautiful you make something which people can see and use, the more enjoyment they will get out of it." --Milton Hershey

The Fun of Doing Business

"I made the decision to go into business again. Not for the money, but for the fun of doing something that was interesting." --Milton Hershey

Devoting His Legacy

"I want to devote the rest of my life to that end, for the school." --Milton Hershey

A Love for His Work
"The man who plays the game for the love of it, and plays fair, usually enjoys it and wins. If he does not love his work, he plays for the gain only-he gets selfish... and loses even though he acquires a fortune." --Milton Hershey

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P.O. Box 830
Hershey, PA 17033-0830

(717) 520-2000
(800) 322-3248

GPS: East Governor Road & Meadow Lane


Founders Hall
P.O. Box 830
Hershey, PA 17033-0830

(717) 520-2000
(800) 322-3248

GPS: East Governor Road & Meadow Lane


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430 East Governor Road
Hershey, PA 17033

(800) 322-3248


665 Brook Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

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