Twenty Inspiring Quotes by Milton Hershey for Business Owners

Twenty Inspiring Quotes for Business Owners by Milton Hershey

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In our post today, we share the inspiring story of Milton Hershey, the American Chocolate Magnate and Businessman. He is best known for founding the Hershey Chocolate Company and introducing America to his mass-produced Milk Chocolates. He also pioneered the production of caramel using fresh milk. The story of Milton Hershey is one of triumph over failure because of dogged persistence. William Edward Hickson, the Educational Writer is credited with a quote that explains how we should pursue all endeavors. He said: “Tis a lesson you should heed: Try, try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed, Try, try, try again”. As a business owner, you are likely going to face all kinds of challenges as you run your business. We hope these inspiring quotes for business owners by Milton Hershey motivate you to never give up. Just remember to try, try, try again.

Milton Snavely Hershey was born in Dery, Pennsylvania in 1857. At the age of 14, he become a Confectioner’s apprentice and developed a keen interest in confectionaries. Hershey started two businesses, one of which was largely successful. In 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Hershey tried Milk Chocolate for the first time. However, it was a luxury good, largely because it was produced with condensed milk. After careful thought, Hershey sold his second business, Lancaster Caramel Company for a million dollars to focus exclusively on chocolates. He moved back to Pennsylvania and founded the town called Hershey, near a community of cow farmers. With a steady supply of fresh milk, he set out to discover how to make milk chocolate using fresh milk.

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In the next section, we will share some interesting facts about Milton Hershey you probably didn’t know.

Interesting facts about Milton Hershey

Here are some interesting facts about Milton Hershey you might enjoy:

  1. Milton Hershey only had a fourth-grade education. He had to leave school to help support his family at the age of 14.
  2. Before starting the Hershey Chocolate Company, he went bankrupt twice. However, he remained undeterred and kept searching for new business opportunities.
  3. In 1886, after his second failed attempt at business, he opened the Lancaster Caramel Company. He used his experience from previous jobs to make caramels with fresh milk and sold them in bulk. His company became largely successful, employing over 1,300 employees. He would later sell the company for a million dollars for seed money to start the Hershey Chocolate Company.
  4. Hershey married Catherine Sweeney, who he met at a candy shop in 1898 and they lived together for 17 years before she passed away.
  5. In 1900, after much trial and error, he discovered how to make milk chocolate using fresh milk. Since fresh milk was readily available and cheap, he was able to mass produce milk chocolate. He became the first person to sell milk chocolate products to the American public at affordable prices.
  6. He founded and developed the town of Hershey in Pennsylvania for his employees. It had affordable public transportation and a public school system. Also, during the Great Depression, he refused to lay off any of his employees despite the losses he incurred.
  7. The company supplied the U.S armed forces with chocolate bars during World War II. His company’s contributions to the War effort earned it numerous Awards for exceeding expectations for quality and quantity of production.

In the next section, we will share twenty Milton Hershey quotes for Business Owners.

Twenty Inspiring Quotes for Business Owners by Milton Hershey

Here are some of the best quotes authored by Milton Hershey on business, for business owners.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The value of our good is not measured by what it does, but by the amount of good it does to the one concerned.
  4. Give them quality. That’s the best advertising in the world.
  5. My success is the result of not being satisfied with mediocrity, and in making the most of my opportunities.
  6. It requires the cooperation of every player on a team to win a game…
  7. You can surmount failure. You can be battered down three times, as I was, and still come out on top.
  8. 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.
  9. Business is a matter of human service.
  10. 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.
  11. A man can learn from the other fellow, providing he keeps his mind and eyes open.
  12. I failed three times because I had not taken the time to get all the facts. After that I learned my lesson well.
  13. 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.
  14. Difficulties show men what they are.
  15. 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.
  16. My best advice to you is – when you tackle a job stick to it until you have mastered it.
  17. I started with ambition and intention of making the best chocolate that money or skill could make, regardless of the cost of manufacture.
  18. A man accomplishes little when he thinks and acts alone.
  19. If I rest, I’ll rust.
  20. If I can make money for my employer, why can’t I do just as well for myself?

Are you a business owner? If so, we encourage you to take some time to ruminate over each of these quotes. Even if you’re not a business owner, we still encourage you to do the same. As Milton Hershey said in the last quote on our list, if you can make money for your employer, why can’t you do just as well for yourself?

Which of these quotes did by Milton Hershey did you find most inspiring? We particularly loved the second and third quotes about adding value to people and quality in business. Feel free to share your favorite quotes with us. We would love to hear from you.

Final Thoughts

Milton Hershey’s story affirms that a man’s background or education does not necessarily determine his outcome in life. Despite your failures and disadvantages, you can make it big in life. Do not give up on your dreams. Work hard and remain persistent and you will succeed.

Today’s Funny Quote

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. Theodore Roosevelt

Our funny quote for today is by Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. He said:

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.

Do you agree with President Roosevelt? Let us know in the comments section at the end of this post. As always, we would love to hear from you.

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