"THE MAN WHO DIES RICH DIES DISGRACED" (ANDREW CARNEGIE?)
This is from the Washington Post, Questions and Answers (Magazine
section), 11 March 1906, pg. 11, col. 6:
Under what circumstances did Andrew Carnegie make use of his famous
epigram about the disgrace it is to die rich?--George Waugh.
The form quoted is "the man who dies rich dies disgraced." But Mr.
Carnegie is his own best authority for saying that he never said it. The
phrase was attributed to him as having been used at a dinner of a library
commission in Pittsburgh in 1894. What he really did say is thus explained
by Mr. Carnegie in a letter which he wrote when the phrase first obtained
currency. "What I have said about wealth is found in my own writings, and
not in extracts from supposed speeches. I had no reference to men who died
leaving competencies, for I believe such men are the salt of civilization;
but to men leaving millions in securities which they could have used in their
lifetime. I said I believed the day would come when such men would die
disgraced, and the tribute of approval would be given to those upon whose
tombstones could be truthfully written:
He lived without ostentation,
And he died poor,
as was said of Pitt."
Surprisingly, the AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN QUOTATIONS
doesn't have this quotation (even popular, falsely attributed quotes should
be in there).
BARTLETT'S has it and attributes it to Andrew Carnegie in 1889.
Carnegie's denial is not given even a footnote.