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Quotes of the day: J. Paul Getty

Published Sunday, December 15, 2013 @ 6:20 AM EST
Dec 15 2013

Jean Paul Getty (December 15, 1892 - June 6, 1976) was an Anglo-American industrialist. He founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957 Fortune magazine named him the richest living American; the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world's richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1.2 billion (approximately $8.6 billion in 2012). At his death, he was worth more than $2 billion (approximately $8.2 billion in 2012). A book published in 1996 ranked him as the 67th richest American who ever lived, based on his wealth as a percentage of the gross national product. Preceding him in death by two months, Howard Hughes' estate was listed at 2.5 billion. But while Hughes had engaged in a great deal of philanthropy, despite his wealth, Getty was known for being a miser. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A billion dollars is not what it used to be.

A lasting relationship with a woman is only possible if you are a business failure.

Formula for success: Rise early, work hard, strike oil.

Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?

I buy when other people are selling.

I'd rather have one percent of the effort of a hundred men than one hundred percent of my own effort.

If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.

If you owe the bank a hundred dollars, that's your problem. If you owe the bank a hundred million dollars, that's the bank's problem.

In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.

Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.

Money isn't everything but it sure keeps you in touch with your children.

My father said, 'You must never try to make all the money that's in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won't have many deals.'

No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist.

People who don't respect money don't have any.

Some people find oil. Others don't.

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.

The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.

The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.

Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.

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