By Mr. Hershey
following quotes are taken from the book "The Body, Mind
and Soul Of Milton Snavely Hershey" by Dr. Herman H. Hostetter.
Doctor Hostetter was Mr. Hershey's personal physician and a
"If I ever become rich, I am going to
use my money to build schools to give every boy and girl an
opportunity to get an education."
(spoken by Milton Hershey when he was
When Mr. Hershey was asked, "why not a
school for girls," his reply was,
"I could not afford to buy the powder and
paint the girls use."
"God speaks through men to speak the truth, our hands
to do His work here below, voices and clean hands to make liberty
and love prevail over injustice and hate."
"Without faith; in our work and in ourselves we cannot
succeed in a long measure in life's undertaking. Without faith
we cannot know our God and Creator."
"I am a Christian in the only sense that Christ wished
anyone to be, sincerely attached to his doctrine in preference
to all others. I became a Mennonite when I went to church with
my mother, and I am still a Mennonite."
Mr. Hershey maintained that hard luck and misfortune
are good for you; that they test your nettle, strength and character.
"Therefore, you should take your problem as you
asked it, nay pray for it. Difficulties show men what they are."
"We should deal with one another not as classes but
as persons, as brothers. The more closely we work together,
the more effectively can we 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
"I admire that man. He does not want charity or anyone
to support his family. Although he is a skilled mechanic he
told me he would work in a ditch or anywhere to support his
"The value of our good is not measured by what it does,
but by the amount of good it does to the one concerned."
"It isn't what you leave your children but how you
"No education, therefore, is complete or indeed sufficient
which does not inspire the student with a sense of responsibility;
so to live that he shall, by act or by word, install or enforce
in the hearts, the minds, the souls, the conscience of men,
those eternal varieties of human life without which civilization
would perish--to worship one common God, to maintain civic and
personal morality, to love our neighbor as ourselves and to
govern our conduct accordingly."
"I am going to build a new high school that will be
adequate for many, many years to come. In twenty or twenty-five
years the demand for trained mechanics, and technicians will
be so great that the schools will not be able to supply the
demand. So, I am going to build a Technical-Vocational School
which will surpass any other institution of its kind in the
world. In twenty or twenty-five years the colleges and universities
will not he able to accommodate all the boys and girls who want
to go to college. I am going to build a new junior College and
when the time comes, we will change the Junior College into
a four year college and there should be plenty of money there
to do it. I will take the ground between Cocoa Avenue, Governor
Road and Homestead Road and make a nice campus for these schools.
The Technical-Vocational School will be for the boys in the
Milton Hershey School, the children in the Derry Township School
and the children of my employees."
At least on two occasions he was approached
about building a Medical Center in Hershey, He said,
"This I would never do because it is not a place
for a Medical Center, and I want all of my money for the benefit
of my employees and the people of Hershey, for the education
of the children in Derry Township and the children of my employees--all
"If the-wrong people or organization get control, they
can spend or give away more money in a short time than I have
made in my life, to build monuments unto themselves, for their
own financial gains, ego and recognition-- whose heads would
swell and hearts would shrink, who would give to those who had
plenty and take away from those who had little or none".
"In this blooming civilization, with its economic setup,
relatively few men can afford tailor-made suits or shoes built
according to their own lasts. But, there is not a man who can't
tailor the garments of his own soul; to get an excellent fit
in principles; wearing his philosophy in comfort and pride.