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Jack Ma quotes: the billionaire Alibaba co-founder talks about dreams, innovation, opportunities, and more.

“Always keep in mind these three principles: what you want to do, what you should do, and for how long you should do it.”

“You never know how much you can do in your life.”

“Before you’re 30, work for a small company, learn passion, learn to dream.”

“If you are poor at 35… you deserve it.”

“Today is cruel.  Tomorrow is crueler.  And the day after tomorrow is beautiful.”

“Never ever compete on prices; instead, compete on services and innovation.”

“Stay hungry and follow your dreams.”

“Everybody should have a dream.”

“No matter how tough the chase is, you should always have the dream you saw on the first day.  It’ll keep you motivated and rescue you from any weak thoughts.”

“If you don’t do it, nothing’s possible.”

“Grow your mind, grow your culture, grow your values, grow your wisdom.  I think China is going in this direction.”

“Once in your life, try something, work hard at something.  Try to change.  Nothing bad can happen.”

“Remember that your past success may lead to your future failure.  However, if you learn a lesson from every failure, then you may ultimately succeed.”

“On the path to success, you will notice that the successful ones are not whiners, nor do they complain often.”

“Opportunities lie in the place where the complaints are.”

“If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?”

“If you don’t give up, you still have a chance.  Giving up is the greatest failure.  And, when you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.”

“If we want to change the world, we change ourselves.”

“If you want to win in the 21st century, you have to empower others, making sure other people are better than you.  Then you will be successful.”

“We are never in lack of money.  We lack people with dreams, who can die for those dreams.”

“We appreciate yesterday, but we’re looking for a better tomorrow.”

“It’s easier to win if you have people seeing things from different perspectives.”

“You’ve got to make your team have value, innovation, and vision.”

“A real businessman or entrepreneur has no enemies.  Once he understands this, then the sky’s the limit.”

“You should learn from your competitor.  But never copy.  Copy and you die.”

“Forget about your competitors.  Just focus on your customers.”

“Instead of learning from other people’s success, learn from their mistakes.  Most of the people who fail share common reasons to fail whereas success can be attributed to various different kinds of reasons.”

“You cannot unify everyone’s thoughts, but you can unify everyone through a common goal.”

“The world will not remember what you say, but it will not forget what you have done.”

“Never ever do business with the government.  Be in love with them, never marry them.”

“I don’t want to be liked.  I want to be respected.”

“They called me crazy Jack.  I think crazy is good.  We’re crazy but we’re not stupid.”

“The very important thing you should have is patience.”

“Help young people.  Help small guys.  Because small guys will be big.  Young people will have the seed you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.”

“Trust the young people; trust this generation’s innovation.  They’re making things, changing innovation every day.  And all the consumers are the same: they want new things, they want cheap things, they want good things, they want unique things.  If we can create these kind of things for consumers, they will come.”

“If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.”

“I am a very simple guy, I am not smart.  Everyone thinks that Jack Ma is a very smart guy.  I might have a smart face but I’ve got very stupid brains.”

“My job is making money, helping other people make money.  I am spending money, trying to make sure more people get rich, because you cannot spend a lot of money, right?  So my job is spending money, helping others.  This is a headache.”

“It doesn’t matter if I failed.  At least I passed the concept on to others.  Even if I don’t succeed, someone will succeed.”

“We will make it because we are young and we will never, never give up.”

“It’s very difficult to know the outside world, but you know yourself.  You know your needs and what you want.  If I know myself better, I can change myself to meet the outside world.”

“A startup for entrepreneurs is like a baby, and I have five babies so far – experienced father.”

“The most important thing is to make the technology inclusive – make the world change.  Next, pay attention to those people who are 30 years old, because those are the internet generation.  They will change the world; they are the builders of the world.”

“Trade is a communication of cultures and values.”

“Spending money is much more difficult than making money.”

“I want to change history, do something important in my life, and influence individuals like we have with millions of small businesses on Alibaba.  Then they love and respect you because you made their life important.”

“I like to play cards.  I’m not very good, because I don’t want to calculate, I just play by instinct.  But I’ve learned a lot of business philosophy by playing poker.”

“I try to make myself happy because I know that if I’m not happy, my colleagues are not happy and my shareholders are not happy and my customers are not happy.”

“When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.”

“Nobody wanted to believe Jack Ma.”

“Our philosophy is, using internet technology, we can make every company become Amazon.”

“I call myself a blind man riding on a blind tiger.”

“I got my story, my dream, from America.  The hero I had is Forrest Gump.  I like that guy.  I’ve been watching that movie about 10 times.  Every time I get frustrated, I watch the movie.  I watched the movie before I came here again to New York.  I watched the movie again telling me that no matter whatever changed, you are you.”

“People think, ‘Jack, you do too much.'”

“I think young generation is always better than last generation.  No matter you like it or don’t like it.  My father said, ‘Jack, I’m so good, you’ll never be.’  But I’m better than him.  My father is better than my grandfather.  My children will be better than us.”

“I’m coming to this world not to work.  I want to come to this world to enjoy my life.  I don’t want to die in my office.  I want to die on the beaches.”

“The competition between me and Bill Gates, probably: who can spend money more effectively, that can do better philanthropy?”

“Life is so short, so beautiful.  Don’t be so serious about work.  Enjoy your life.”

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