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John D. Rockefeller Quotes


An American industrialist. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern philanthropy.
(1839 - 1937)


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A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
[Friendship]
 

Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.
[Charity]
 

Competition is a sin.
[Competition]
 

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

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
 

Don't blame the marketing department. The buck stops with the chief executive.
 

God gave me my wealth.
[Wealth]
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Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
[Leadership]
 

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.
 

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
 

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.
[Money]
 

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
 

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

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.
[Perseverance]
 

I don't want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers.
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I have ways of making money that you know nothing of.
 

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 was born into it and there was nothing I could do about it. It was there, like air or food, or any other element. The only question with wealth is what you do with it.
[Wealth]
 

I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts.
 


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