110+ 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

Every right implies a responsibility, Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty. – John D. Rockefeller

Success comes from keeping the ears open and the mouth closed – John D. Rockefeller

The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well. – John D. Rockefeller

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

Our cup will truly run over only after we have sealed the character cracks. – John D. Rockefeller

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

There is no feeling in this world to be compared with self-reliance–do not sacrifice that to anything else. – John D. Rockefeller

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people. – John D. Rockefeller

I have made many millions, but they have brought me no happiness. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

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

The person with big talk and big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master. – John D. Rockefeller

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? – John D. Rockefeller

After it is all over, the religion of man is his most important possession. – John D. Rockefeller

The success of each is dependent upon the success of the other. – John D. Rockefeller

Save when you can and not when you have to. – John D. Rockefeller

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

Get rich by taking something common and making it uncommon. – John D. Rockefeller

I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living. – John D. Rockefeller

Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure. – John D. Rockefeller

I cheat my boys every chance I get. I trade with the boys and skin ’em and I just beat ’em every time I can. I want to make ’em sharp. – John D. Rockefeller

Giving should be entered into in just the same way as investing. Giving is investing. – John D. Rockefeller

Never think you need to apologize for asking someone to give to a worthy cause, any more than as though you were giving him or her an opportunity to participate in a high-grade investment. The duty of giving is as much his or hers as is the duty of asking yours. – John D. Rockefeller

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

I raised my prices since there wasn’t any competition it was just the smart thing to do. Why would I keep my prices up if there wasn’t anyone to beat? – John D. Rockefeller

To think! All that power and he wasn’t even rich! – John D. Rockefeller

I never placed my head upon the pillow at night without reminding myself that my success might only be temporary. – John D. Rockefeller

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

It has always been my rule in business to make everything count. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

The major fortunes in America have been made in land. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

Be sure that you are not deceiving yourself at any time about actual conditions. – John D. Rockefeller

When Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of alcohol would be recognised. I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and crime has increased to a level never seen before. – John D. Rockefeller

Often-times the most difficult competition comes, not from the strong, the intelligent, the conservative competitor, but from the man who is holding on by the eyelids and is ignorant of his costs, and anyway he’s got to keep running or bust! – John D. Rockefeller

Probably the greatest single obstacle to the progress and happiness of the American people lies in the willingness of so many men to invest their time and money in multiplying competitive industries instead of opening up new fields, and putting their money into lines of industry and development that are needed. – John D. Rockefeller

I don’t want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers – John D. Rockefeller

A man has no right to occupy another man’s time unnecessarily – John D. Rockefeller

Think of giving not only as a duty but as a privilege. – John D. Rockefeller

A friendship built on business can be glorious, while a business built on friendship can be murder. – John D. Rockefeller

I have ways of making money that you know nothing of. – John D. Rockefeller

We can never learn too much of His will towards us, too much of His messages and His advice. The Bible is His word and its study gives at once the foundation for our faith and an inspiration to battle onward in the fight against the tempter. – John D. Rockefeller

I had to work my way up to be where I am now. All these companies could have done the same. – John D. Rockefeller

I wanted the best for my company, I had to do what I did to succeed. Everyone was lowering their prices to beat their competition so I did the same I eventually beat my competition. – John D. Rockefeller

The day of combination is here to stay. Individualism has gone, never to return. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller

I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm, than a man who knows everything. – John D. Rockefeller

Own nothing, control everything. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

Never lose interest in life and the world. Never allow yourself to become annoyed. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

The man will be most successful who confers the greatest service on the world. – John D. Rockefeller

I was early taught to work as well as play. My life has been one long, happy holiday; Full of work and full of play- I dropped the worry on the way- And God was good to me everyday. – John D. Rockefeller

The common denominator for success is work. – John D. Rockefeller

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity. – John D. Rockefeller

The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets. – John D. Rockefeller

Character – not wealth, power, or position – is the supreme word. – John D. Rockefeller

The man who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed, you must have a larger ambition. – John D. Rockefeller

Who is the poorest man in the world? I tell you, the poorest man I know of is the man who has nothing but money. – John D. Rockefeller

And 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. – John D. Rockefeller

Giving is the secret to a healthy life. Not necessarily money, but whatever a person has to give of encouragement, sympathy, and understanding. – John D. Rockefeller

Never was I power thirsty, or trying to control everyone. I believed in educating everyone, so they could all get to the position I was at. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

Competition is a sin. – John D. Rockefeller

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

This Sunday School has been of help to me, greater perhaps than any other force in my Christian life, and I can ask no better things for you than that you, and all that shall come after you in this great band of workers for Christ, shall receive the same measure of blessedness which I have been permitted to have. – John D. Rockefeller

Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It’s to see my dividends coming in. – John D. Rockefeller

If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it. – John D. Rockefeller

Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people. – John D. Rockefeller

There is nothing in this world that can compare with the Christian fellowship; nothing that can satisfy but Christ. – John D. Rockefeller

Don’t blame the marketing department. The buck stops with the chief executive. – John D. Rockefeller

It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy. – John D. Rockefeller

The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it? – John D. Rockefeller

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

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty. – John D. Rockefeller

We are coming to see that there should be no stifling of labor by capital, or of capital by labor; and also that there should be no stifling of labor by labor, or of capital by capital. – John D. Rockefeller

Homeopathy is a progressive and aggressive step in medicine. – John D. Rockefeller

You know that great prejudice exists against all successful business enterprise – the more successful, the greater the prejudice. – John D. Rockefeller

The best business in the world is a well-run oil company. The second-best business in the world is a badly run oil company. – John D. Rockefeller

If my name were John D Smith IV, I wouldn’t have been elected to anything. – John D. Rockefeller

I have long been profoundly convinced that in the very nature of things, employers and employees are partners, not enemies; that their interests are common not opposed; that in the long run the success of each is dependent upon the success of the other. – John D. Rockefeller

Believing that fundamental conditions of the country are sound and there is nothing in the business situation to warrant the destruction of values that has taken place on the exchanges during the past week, my son and I have for some days been purchasing sound common stocks. We are continuing and will continue our purchases in substantial amounts at levels which we believe represent sound investment values. – John D. Rockefeller

Taxation has its limitations as a method of achieving better economic distribution since for this purpose it is essentially remedial. We must also take a positive approach by finding new ways to spread ownership of future capital growth more broadly in our society. – John D. Rockefeller

What constitutes a good manager in this field? He must be knowledgeable in the art with which he is concerned, an impresario, labor negotiator, diplomat, educator, publicity and public relations expert, politician, skilled businessman, a social sophisticate, a servant of the community, a tireless leader – becomingly humble before authority – a teacher, a tyrant, and a continuing student of the arts. – John D. Rockefeller

I was born into it and there was nothing I could do about it. It was there, like air or food, or any other element. The only question with wealth is what you do with it. – John D. Rockefeller

Saddam’s existing biological and chemical weapons capabilities pose a very real threat to America, now. Saddam has used chemical weapons before, both against Iraq’s enemies and against his own people. He is working to develop delivery systems like missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles that could bring these deadly weapons against U.S. forces and U.S. facilities in the Middle East. – John D. Rockefeller

I shall use such influence as I have in emphasizing the basic truths common to all denominations, in lowering denominational barriers and in promoting effective cooperation among Christians of whatever creed. – John D. Rockefeller

I believe the power to make money is a gift of God. – John D. Rockefeller

The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way. – John D. Rockefeller

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

We are quite convinced that if he were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy. – John D. Rockefeller

When a man has accumulated a sum of money, accumulated it within the law, the Government has no right to share in its earnings. – John D. Rockefeller

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

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. – John D. Rockefeller

Long ago I lost the joy in living. The only joy I have is in my giving. – John D. Rockefeller

I was trained from the beginning to work, to save. I have always regarded it a as a religious duty to get all I could honorably and to give all I could. – John D. Rockefeller

I think it is a man’s duty to make all the money he can, keep all that he can and give away all that he can. – John D. Rockefeller

Let the good work go on. We must ever remember we are refining oil for the poor man, and he must have it cheap and good. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

I should say in general the advantage of education is to better fit a man for life’s work. I would advise young men to take a college course, as a rule, but think some are just as well off with a thorough business training. – John D. Rockefeller

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. – John D. Rockefeller

Money is a way of keeping COUNT on how well you’re doing in business. – John D. Rockefeller

Many of the deficiencies of our economic system could be alleviated if ways were found to broaden the ownership of the means of production… This has happened in some companies through ESOPs. Successful approaches of this sort would pay dividends in terms of employee commitment and morale. And they would not deprive anyone of his present holdings since they are based on future growth. – John D. Rockefeller

Singleness of purpose is essential for success in life. – John D. Rockefeller

The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities-a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source. – John D. Rockefeller

The poorest man I know is the man who has nothing but money. – John D. Rockefeller

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