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Quotes of the day: John D. Rockefeller

Published Tuesday, July 07, 2015 @ 8:31 AM EDT
Jul 07 2015

John Davison Rockefeller Sr. (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American business magnate and philanthropist. He was a co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, which dominated the oil industry and was the first great U.S. business trust. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry, and along with other key contemporary industrialists such as Andrew Carnegie, defined the structure of modern philanthropy. In 1870, he founded Standard Oil Company and actively ran it until he officially retired in 1897 (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

I believe it is a religious duty to get all the money you can, fairly and honestly; to keep all you can, and to give away all you can.

I believe that the power to make money is a gift from God.

I believe the power to make money is a gift of God... to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind. Having been endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience.

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

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

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.

I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm, than a man who knows everything.

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

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

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

Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing.

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee, and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.

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 money.

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

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

Try to turn every disaster into an opportunity.


(July 8 is also the birthday of Anna Quindlen.)

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