"He who walks with billionaires, will become a billionaire." ~ Christopher Kozoriz

John D. Rockefeller - Quotes


Co-founder of Standard Oil Company

"A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship."

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

"Competition is a sin."

"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."

"Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty."

"God gave me my money. I believe the power to make money is a gift from God to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind. Having been endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience."

"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 in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

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

"I believe that the power to make money is a gift from God."

"I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure."

"I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature."

"I don’t want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers."

"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success."

"I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build."

"I have no use for men who fail. The cause of their failure is no business of mine, but I want successful men as my associates."

"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 never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week."

"It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy."

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

"Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing."

"Save when you can and not when you have to."

"Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim."

"The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee. And I pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun."

"The impression was gaining ground with me that it was a good thing to let the money be my slave and not make myself a slave to money."

"The most important thing for a young man is to establish credit – reputation and character."

"The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it?"

"The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition. There is no mystery in business success. If you do each day’s task successfully, and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about, and keep your head clear, you will come out all right."

"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets."

"Think of giving not as duty but as a privilege."

"Waste neither time nor money."