John Davison Rockefeller

United States
8 Jul 1839 // 23 May 1937
Industrialist, Philanthropist


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The man who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won't succeed, you must have a larger ambition.

Random Reminiscenses of Men and Events (1909)
Don't waste your effort on a thing which ends in a petty triumph unless you are satisfied with a life of petty issues.

Random Reminiscenses of Men and Events (1909)
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.
The growth of a large business is merely a survival of the fittest.
Don't blame the marketing department. The buck stops with the chief executive.
Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
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.
The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit... a reputation, character.
It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."