Quotes by John D. Rockefeller

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John Davison Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 May 23, 1937) was an American capitalist most known for his role in the early petroleum industry and the founding of Standard Oil (ExxonMobil is the largest of its descendants). Through a ...

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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.

Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession, a duty.
If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.
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.
If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it?
I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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 and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience.
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 can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.
Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in.
The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.
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.
Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.
Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one's aim.
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of 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.
I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.