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Quotes of the day: Ross Perot

Published Friday, June 27, 2014 @ 12:01 AM EDT
Jun 27 2014

Henry Ross Perot (b. June 27, 1930) is an American businessman best known for being an independent presidential candidate in 1992 and 1996. Perot founded Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in 1962, sold the company to General Motors in 1984, and founded Perot Systems in 1988. Perot Systems was bought by Dell for $3.9 billion in 2009. With an estimated net worth of about US$3.5 billion in 2012, he is ranked by Forbes as the 134th-richest person in the United States. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


As a young man I wanted to be a pearl. Unfortunately, my lot in life is to be the grain of sand that irritates the oyster.

Big is not beautiful. We in America like to think big is beautiful. Big is inefficient.

Eagles don't flock, you have to find them one at a time.

Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.

Go to Austin and sit in on a meeting (of the Texas State Board of Education). It costs you $5 to see a movie that funny. They got people on that board who think that the earth is flat.

I can't think of anything worse than a person in my position to be grasping for some tax advantage. I'm delighted to pay big taxes. Big taxes mean big income.

I don't care where they stand. The man I worry about is the one who hasn't taken a position.

I pay taxes on all the money before it goes into the (Perot Foundation). I think the federal government is a charitable cause, too.

I'm not a living legend. I'm just a myth.

If you see a snake, just kill it. Don't appoint a committee on snakes.

If you're not sure (about marriage), just hold off a while. It's kind of like buses; there's another one by every 15 minutes, and you can have a lot of fun looking.

In many of our huge corporations we treat people like commodities. And people cannot be managed. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.

It takes five years to develop a new car in this country. Heck, we won World War II in four years.

Life is like a cobweb, not an organization chart.

Money tends to make you stupid.

Nobody gets paid extra for being alive. (On seniority-based raises for teachers.)

Nobody likes to be called a liar, but to be called a liar by Bill Clinton is really a unique experience.

Only in America would you have a war, get it over with and have all the heroes either be generals or politicians.

Punishing honest mistakes stifles creativity. I want people moving and shaking the earth and they're going to make mistakes.

So many people spend their lives chasing money and end up as the richest men in the cemetery. I don't want to be like that.

Success is like Halley's Comet, you know. Every now and then it just comes around.

Symbolism is important. I took the position that anybody who needed a chauffeur to drive him to work was probably too old to be on the payroll, and that anybody in a car company ought to be driving his own car because you didn't get much of a feel in the back seat.

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.

The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled.

There's only two places in the world a 28-year-old can make half a million a year. That's selling dope and dealing in junk bonds. They're both destroying our country.

Titles cost nothing. Titles mean nothing.

Written reports stifle creativity.

Your country is like your children. It's fundamentally important that you love them, but you need to work on any problems that come along.


(Today is also the birthday of Helen Keller.)

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