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John D. Rockefeller Quotes

John Rockefeller Sayings

John D. Rockefeller quotes: here’s the best advice from late oil mogul and the wealthiest American in history, John Davison Rockefeller Sr.

“Singleness of purpose is essential for success in life.”

“Believing that fundamental conditions of the country are sound and there is nothing in the business situation to warrant the destruction of values that has taken place on the exchanges during the past week, my son and I have for some days been purchasing sound common stocks.  We are continuing and will continue our purchases in substantial amounts at levels which we believe represent sound investment values.”

“Having being endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it’s my duty to make money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience.”

“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.”

“The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it – every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.”

“If you want to succeed, you must strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn out paths of accepted success.”

“The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.”

“A man’s wealth must be determined by the relation of his desires and expenditures to his income.  If he feels rich on $10 dollars, and has everything else he desires, he really is rich.”

“I had no ambition to make a fortune.  Mere money-making has never been my goal; I had an ambition to build.”

“If only your goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.”

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”

“The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.”

“When work goes out of style we may expect to see civilization totter and fall.”

“I think it is a man’s duty to make all the money he can, keep all that he can, and give away all that he can.”

“Next to doing the right thing, is to let people know you are doing the right thing.”

“I have always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.”

“Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure?  It’s to see my dividends coming in.”

“Don’t blame the marketing department.  The bucks stop with the Chief Executive.”

“I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character – not wealth or power or position – is of supreme worth.”

“The impression was gaining ground with me that it was a good thing to let the money be my slave and not make myself a slave to the money.”

“A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.”

“I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living.”

“There’s no mystery in business success.  If you do each day’s task successfully and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about and keep your head clear, you will come out all right.”

“Own nothing, control everything.”

“Do not many of us who fail to achieve big things fail because we lack concentration – the art of concentrating the mind on the thing to be done at the proper time and to the exclusion of everything else?”

“He who works all day has no time to make money.”

“A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.”

“Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.”

“I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money’s sake.”

“After it is all over, the religion of man is his most important possession.”

“It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy.”

“Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.”

“I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.”

“I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

“I would rather earn 1% of 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.”

“The success of each is dependent upon the success of the other.”

“I don’t think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.  It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”

“I have ways of making money that you know nothing of.”

“The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit, a reputation, character.”

“The person who starts simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition.”

“The only question with wealth is what you do with it.”

“Do you know what would hurt grandfather a great deal?  To know that any of you boys should become wasteful, extravagant, or careless with his money.”

“I believe in the dignity of labor, whether head or hand, that the world owes every person an opportunity to make a living.”

“I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can and will triumph over might.”

Did you find these quotes helpful?  If so, I bet you’d like reading Og Mandino quotes as well.

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