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David Koch Quotes

David Hamilton Koch

David Koch quotes: another billionaire Koch brother breaks it down for you.

“It is much easier to modify an opinion if one has not already persuasively declared it.”

“If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day.  If you teach the man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.”

“I think that the best way for young people to succeed is to get a terrific education at a fine high school and university and have them pursue a career in a field that they like – that they feel comfortable in.”

“The better education you acquire, the better opportunities there are available to you in the future.  Pursue a field that is complementary to your talents.  Don’t try to pursue a field where you don’t really have any talents.  I would starve to death if I tried to make my living as a painter or singer.”

“We’re headed toward a two-tiered society – a society that’s destroying opportunities for the disadvantaged and creating welfare for the rich.”

“I am truly committed to making the world a better place.”

“I was taught from a young age that involvement in the public discourse is a civic duty.  Each of us has a right – indeed, a responsibility, at times – to make his or her views known to the larger community in order to better form it as a whole.  While we may not always get what we want, the exchange of ideas betters the nation in the process.”

“We raised a lot of money and mobilized an awful lot of people, and we lost, plain and simple.  We’re going to study what worked, what didn’t work, and improve our efforts in the future.  We’re not going to roll over and play dead.”

“I support political campaigns, but it is very small compared with my medical and cultural commitments and think-tank support.”

“You know, once you’ve stood up to cancer, everything else feels like a pretty easy fight.”

“We are either the first or the second largest privately owned company in the world.  It depends on what measure.”

“Believe it or not, our company Georgia Pacific has 40% of the toilet paper market – and that never goes out of style.”

“We do have over 100,000 employees.  I feel extremely proud that we can successfully employ this large a number of people to work for us.  We are tremendously interested in providing great opportunities for our people and promoting them.  Our company, even though it’s a huge company, we try to keep like a family company.  We do a good job of recruiting people.  We have been really, really successful at hiring outstanding executives, ones who really manage our businesses extremely well.”

“I believe one of the main reasons we are so successful is because of the outstanding executives who have excellent business skills.  We employ wonderful people who are very happy to work for us; they really like the jobs that they have with us.  We have very little turnover within our company.  When people join us, they stay with us for years and years and years.”

“We are very proud of the fact that at Koch Industries we’ve won several hundred awards for our environmental practices and personnel safety achievements over the last five years.  I think these awards really speak for themselves.”

“My mother and father were really outdoors people.  They loved hunting and fishing, and I grew up outside.  My family’s belief is to protect the outdoors.  The last thing we want to do is to spoil the environment.”

“I believe that people who have achieved significant financial success in life should be generous philanthropists.  In fact, I think philanthropy, if it’s given properly, helps make the world a far better place.”

“I plan to continue with my charitable giving for the rest of my life.  I’m very proud of that and I guarantee you that the institutions I support are extraordinarily appreciative of it.”

“If we’re going to give a lot of money, we’ll make darn sure they spend it in a way that goes along with our intent.  And if they make a wrong turn and start doing things we don’t agree with, we withdraw funding.  We do exert that kind of control.”

“I care deeply about other people, and one of the things that I am constantly doing is sitting on a large number of medical boards, and I get calls all the time from people who get sick and reach out to me and say, ‘I have this illness or that illness – where should I go to get treatment?’  The people are really appreciative of my efforts to help them find the right medical center.”

“We have a free society and people are free to do what they want, you know, as long as they don’t hurt others and they obey the law.  So, I believe in free speech and if people want to spend money in politics or something else, it’s their right, nothing wrong with that.  So, I endorse that.”

“I felt that the good Lord spared my life for a purpose.  And since then, I’ve been busy doing all the good works I can think of.”

“You might ask: ‘How does David Koch happen to have the wealth to be so generous?’  Well, let me tell you a story.  It all started when I was a little boy.  One day, my father gave me an apple.  I soon sold it for five dollars and bought two apples and sold them for ten.  Then I bought four apples and sold them for twenty.  Well, this went on day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, until my father died and left me three hundred million dollars!”

“Almost all our money is in Koch Industries.  Once we pass on, our children will acquire the stock, and I want to see Koch Industries continue to grow.”

“After I pass on to another life, I would like the people to think of David Koch and my brother Charles as people who did everything they could to make the world a better place to live.”

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