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J. Paul Getty Quotes





Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.
 

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.
[Success]
 

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?
[Work]
 

I buy when other people are selling.
[Business]
 

I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success.
 

If you can actually count your money, then you're not a rich man.
 

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

If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem.
[Business]
 

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

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

My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil.
[Success]
 

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

Oil is like a wild animal. Whoever captures it has it.
 

The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.
 

The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips.
 

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

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

To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.
 

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