Dale Carnegie Biography and Quotes

Dale Carnegie History and Quotes

Birthday: November 24th, 1888
Commemoration: November 1st, 1955
Nationality: American


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Famously Known For

Dale Breckenridge Carnegie is famed for being the pioneer in corporate training. He is also the inventor of many self-improvements, interpersonal and public-speaking courses. His best book, “How to win friends and influence people,” was first published in 1936 and has remained a favorite for many readers since then.

Early Life

Dale was born in Maryville, Missouri in 1888. His parents were poor farmers, James Carnagey, and Amanda Harbison. Dale grew up in Bedison, Missouri and attended Rural rose Hill school. Growing up, Dale enjoyed speaking in public and even joined the debate team at his school.

After completing high school in 1906, Dale joined State Teacher’s college and graduated in 1908.

Personal Life

After his first marriage ending in divorce, Dale married Dorothy Price in 1944, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dorothy was also a divorcee with one daughter.


After graduating from college, Dale first worked in selling correspondence courses to ranchers. He also sold lard, soap and bacon for Armour and company. He became quite successful in the job and was promoted to the national sales leader for the company.

After saving about $500, Dale quit his job to become an adult education movement lecturer, an education system known as Chautauqua. However, Dale ended up joining the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, but his success as an actor was not much.

He later returned to new york where he finally began his lectures on public speaking. His earnings skyrocketed within a short time, and he was now earning more than $500 on a weekly basis. His success in public speaking motivated him to write articles on the same, which led to the best-seller, “How to win friends and influence people.”


Dale Carnegie succumbed to Hodgkin’s disease in 1955, aged 66. His body was laid to rest in Forest Hills, New York.

Quotes by Dale Carnegie