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Paul Getty Quotes


Sir John Paul Getty, was a wealthy American-born British philanthropist and book collector.
(1932 - 2003)

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A hatred of failure has always been part of my nature.
 

A marriage contract to me is as binding as any in business, and I have always believed in sticking to an agreement.
 

Before marriage, many couples are very much like people rushing to catch an airplane; once aboard, they turn into passengers. They just sit there.
 

Control of a company does not carry with it the ability to control the price of its stock.
 

During the 1950s, Aristotle Onassis and I formed what grew to be a close friendship and association in several business ventures.
 

Five wives can't all be wrong.
 

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?
[Capitalism]
 

Governments, of course, can - and do - soak the rich.
 

How does one measure the success of a museum?
 

I am - and have always been - a Methodist.
 

I am neither a homosexual nor a eunuch, nor have I ever taken any vows of chastity.
 

I can afford to say what I wish.
 

I have absolutely no intention of marrying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
 

I have always enjoyed the company of women and have formed deep and long-lasting friendships with many of them.
 

I have never been given to envy - save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily.
 

I have no complex about wealth. I have worked hard for my money, producing things people need. I believe that the able industrial leader who creates wealth and employment is more worthy of historical notice than politicians or soldiers.
[Wealth]
 

I take pride in the creation of my wealth, in its existence and in the uses to which it has been and is being put.
 

I vehemently deny that I was born a cynic and a pessimist.
 

I was 37 when my father died-and I no longer had any freedom of choice over what I would do with the rest of my life.
 

I was brought up in an era when thrift was still considered a virtue.
 


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