70+ Best John D. Rockefeller Quotes: Exclusive Selection

John Davison Rockefeller Sr. was an American business magnate and philanthropist. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time, and the richest person in modern history. Profoundly inspirational John D. Rockefeller quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous John D. Rockefeller Quotes

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

It is very important to remember what other people tell you, not so much what you yourself already know.

Own nothing, control everything.

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

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.

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

God gave me my money.

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

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

Long ago I lost the joy in living. The only joy I have is in my giving.

Oh, how blessed young men are who have to struggle for a foundation and beginning in life.

A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.

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

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

The American Beauty Rose can be produced in the splendor and fragrance which bring cheer to its beholder only by sacrificing the early buds which grow up around it. This is not an evil tendency in business. It is merely the working-out of a law of nature and a law of God.

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

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

The poorest man I know is the man who has nothing but money.

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

A friendship built on business can be glorious, while a business built on friendship can be murder.

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

Inspirational John D. Rockefeller Quotes

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

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.

A man’s wealth must be determined by the relation of his desires and expenditures to his income. If he feels rich on ten dollars, and has everything else he desires, he really is rich.

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 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 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.

Get rich by taking something common and making it uncommon.

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

I believe that it is my duty to make money and use it for the benefit of my neighbors. This is what my conscience tells me.

The secret to success is to do the common things uncommonly well.

If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.

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

I believe it is a religious duty to get all the money you can, fairly and honestly; to keep all you can, and to give away all you can.

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do work of superior people.

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

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

Do not many of us who fail to achieve big things … fail because we lack concentration — the art of concentrating the mind on the thing to be done at the proper time and to the exclusion of everything else?

We are never too old to study the bible. Each time the lessons are studied comes some new meaning, some new thought which will make us better.

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles; find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it put your whole soul into it every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.

Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

Do you know what would hurt grandfather a great deal? To know that any of you boys should become wasteful, extravagant, careless with his money.

The common denominator for success is work.

Competition is a sin.

A man has no right to occupy another man’s time unnecessarily

I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can and will triumph over might.

I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm, than a man who knows everything.

How much money does it take to make a man happy? Just one more dollar.

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.

I have ways of making money that you know nothing of.

Top John D. Rockefeller Quotes

The major fortunes in America have been made in land.

Success comes from keeping the ears open and the mouth closed

It has always been my rule in business to make everything count.

The only thing which is of lasting benefit to a man is that which he does for himself. Money which comes to him without effort on his part is seldom a benefit and often a curse.

I believe the power to make money is a gift of God.

Save when you can and not when you have to.

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 that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.

There is nothing in this world that can compare with the Christian fellowship; Nothing that can satisfy but Christ.

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

When work goes out of style we may expect to see civilization totter and fall.

Our cup will truly run over only after we have sealed the character cracks.

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.

After it is all over, the religion of man is his most important possession.

He who works all day has no time to make money.

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

I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character — not wealth or power or position — is of supreme worth.

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

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

The success of each is dependent upon the success of the other.

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

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

It is one thing to stand on the comfortable ground of placid inaction and put forth words of cynical wisdom, and another to plunge into the work itself and through strenuous experience earn the right to express strong conclusions.

Nobody does anything if he can get anybody else to do it.

The man will be most successful who confers the greatest service on the world.

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