82+ Best Ross Perot Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Henry Ross Perot was an American business magnate, self-made billionaire, philanthropist, politician, and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president. He was the founder and chief executive officer of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems. Inspirational Ross Perot quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Most Famous Ross Perot Quotes

Eagles don’t flock, you have to find them one at a time. – Ross Perot

If you can’t stand a little sacrifice and you can’t stand a trip across the desert with limited water, we’re never going to straighten this country out. – Ross Perot

The debt is like a crazy aunt we keep down in the basement. All the neighbors know she’s there, but nobody wants to talk about her. – Ross Perot

If we really want to know who is responsible for the mess, we’re in, all we have to do is look in the mirror. You and I own this country, and we are responsible for what happens to it. – Ross Perot

It takes five years to design a new car in this country. Heck, we won World War II in four years. – Ross Perot

Action is greater than writing. A good man is a nobler object of contemplation than a great author. There are but two things worth living for: to do what is worthy of being written; and to write what is worthy of being read. – Ross Perot

We have to succeed, so we will. – Ross Perot

Written reports stifle creativity. – Ross Perot

Big is not beautiful. Big is inefficient. – Ross Perot

Life is like a cobweb, not an organization chart. – Ross Perot

Which one of the three candidates would you want your daughter to marry? – Ross Perot

The first EDSer to see a snake kills it. At GM, first thing you do is organize a committee on snakes. Then you bring in a consultant who knows a lot about snakes. Third thing you do is talk about it for a year. – Ross Perot

Success is like Halley’s comet, you know. Every now and then it just comes around. – Ross Perot

If we decide to take this level of business creating ability nationwide, we’ll all be plucking chickens for a living. – Ross Perot

Business is a cobweb of human relationships – Ross Perot

You don’t have to be the biggest to beat the biggest. – Ross Perot

Generosity is something we learn, from our parents, schools and community. – Ross Perot

[In Moscow] we got through to [Soviet leaders] Brezhnev and Kosygin on the telephone. I think it was because nobody had ever tried to call them at home before. – Ross Perot

My role in life is that of the grain of sand to the oyster-it irritates the oyster and out comes a pearl. – Ross Perot

Modern politics has become little more than shirking responsibility and blaming somebody else. – Ross Perot

Spend a lot of time talking to customers face to face. You’d be amazed how many companies don’t listen to their customers. – Ross Perot

Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial. – Ross Perot

Japan is our rival, not our enemy. Japan is a competitor… Bashing a Toyota won’t make a better car. – Ross Perot

Inventories can be managed, but people must be led. – Ross Perot

I honestly believe I’d make one of the worst elected officials in the history of this country. – Ross Perot

The best way to make money is not to have money as your primary goal. I’ve seen great people come into the business world primarily motivated to make money. Almost without exception they failed. – Ross Perot

This planet is our home. If we destroy the planet, we’ve destroyed our home, so it is fundamentally important. – Ross Perot

If someone as blessed as I am is not willing to clean out the barn, who will? – Ross Perot

Most new jobs won’t come from our biggest employers. They will come from our smallest. We’ve got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality. – Ross Perot

Punishing honest mistakes stifles creativity. I want people moving and shaking the earth and they’re going to make mistakes. – Ross Perot

Anything that is excellent or praiseworthy stands moment by moment on the cutting edge and must be constantly fought for. Well placed priorities always sit on the edge. – Ross Perot

The American dream. Those three short, simple words encompass the hopes and aspirations of all the peoples on earth. The words are not only short and simple. They are also fragile. – Ross Perot

I love this country; I love the principles on which it’s founded. – Ross Perot

The one thing I know through experience … is that people don’t know why they come to work until they don’t have to come to work. – Ross Perot

Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to produce a better article. – Ross Perot

A weak currency is the sign of a weak economy, and a weak economy leads to a weak nation. – Ross Perot

Revitalizing General Motors is like teaching an elephant to tap dance. You find the sensitive spot and start poking. – Ross Perot

In plain Texas talk, it’s ‘do the right thing’ – Ross Perot

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. – Ross Perot

In business, people are held accountable. In Washington, nobody is held accountable. In business, people are judged on results. In Washington, people are measured by their ability to get reelected. – Ross Perot

We must return immigration to a logical, orderly process where people fill out their applications and wait for approval. We must make sure illegal immigrants stop storming our borders. We must establish the correct criteria, such as our need for certain job skills or education, for granting the right to immigrate into the United States. – Ross Perot

When building a team, I always search first for people who love to win. If I can’t find any of those, I look for people who hate to lose. – Ross Perot

If you see a snake, just kill it – don’t appoint a committee on snakes. – Ross Perot

The most successful people in the world aren’t usually the brightest. They are the ones who persevere. – Ross Perot

So many people spend their lives chasing money and end up as the richest men in the cemetery. I don’t want to be like that. – Ross Perot

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules. – Ross Perot

Talk is cheap. Words are plentiful. Deeds are precious. – Ross Perot

I came from an environment where if you see a snake, you kill it. At General motors, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is to hire a consultant on snakes. – Ross Perot

Guys, just remember, if you get lucky, if you make a lot of money, if you get out and buy a lot of stuff–it’s gonna break. You got your biggest, fanciest mansion in the world. It has air conditioning. It’s got a pool. Just think of all the pumps that are going to go out. Or go to a yacht basin any place in the world. Nobody is smiling, and I’ll tell you why. Something broke that morning. The generator’s out; the microwave oven doesn’t work . . . Things just don’t mean happiness. – Ross Perot

Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown. – Ross Perot

Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships. – Ross Perot

It is the individual’s ability to deal with the unexpected that characterizes the difference between success and failure. – Ross Perot

Keep in mind our Constitution predates the Industrial Revolution. Our founders did not know about electricity, the train, telephones, radio, television, automobiles, airplanes, rockets, nuclear weapons, satellites, or space exploration. There’s a lot they didn’t know about. It would be interesting to see what kind of document they’d draft today. Just keeping it frozen in time won’t hack it. – Ross Perot

There is no accountability in the public-school system – except for coaches. You know what happens to a losing coach. You fire him. A losing teacher can go on losing for 30 years and then go to glory. – Ross Perot

The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced, and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled. – Ross Perot

Never ask anyone to do what you haven’t done before and wouldn’t do again. That’s a pretty fundamental rule in leadership… treat them like you treat yourself. Things you don’t like, they don’t like. – Ross Perot

Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility and commitment. – Ross Perot

I was born rich. Not in tangible things… but rich in the parents I had. – Ross Perot

One voice is tiny, and alone it cannot be heard above the din of politics as usual. The peoples voice, when it cries as one, is a great roar. – Ross Perot

Life is never more fun than when you’re the underdog competing against the giants. – Ross Perot

There are but two things worth living for: to do what is worthy of being written; and to write what is worthy of being read. – Ross Perot

If we did not have such a thing as an airplane today, we would probably create something the size of N.A.S.A. to make one. – Ross Perot

Should that person be allowed to lie publicly? Let’s promise ourselves we’re never going to have a candidate like that. – Ross Perot

Should a person who’s the most powerful person in the world conduct his personal life in such a way that would be a poor example to our children? – Ross Perot

We’ve been very lucky today, … We’ve had a tremendous run-up in the stock … (but) we’re in it for the long haul. – Ross Perot

I think it’s plain that the president should resign and spare the country the agony of impeachment and removal proceedings. – Ross Perot

You’ll see it. Sooner or later the American people will wake up. All they have heard is, ‘Let’s forgive, let’s forgive. The Bible tells us to forgive.’ It’s the silliest stuff I have ever heard on television. That’s why I have finally spoken out. – Ross Perot

We have two horses in the race, one of them is going to win. – Ross Perot

Trevor’s got 2,000 people trapped in a hospital in downtown New Orleans, … We need to figure out how to help them and get those people out. – Ross Perot

The other parties have a fortune to spend. They have almost $100 million under federal election laws. We get only $29 million. – Ross Perot

And the truck convoy will get longer and longer, and as it approaches Washington it’s going to be a big one. Again, we will have a dignified turning-in ceremony and a candlelight vigil in Washington to get the message over that we expect a whole lot more from our president than this man has given us, and that for the sake of our children and for the sake of our country and for the sake of the world, please resign now. – Ross Perot

Once you pay the bills, money is the most overrated thing in the world – Ross Perot

As long as I am helpful to the organization, I am certainly happy to help and participate in any constructive way, … The last thing I want is all of the things I see in the paper day in and day out about catfights and this and that and the other that have nothing to do with fact but make great fiction. – Ross Perot

That war damaged over 100,000 people — they’re damaged from chemical weapons, … This administration for the last eight years has let those men rot. – Ross Perot

This man is a dedicated husband, he is dedicated to his wife, he is dedicated to his daughters, … I think he can be the father that can be a good role model for the people in this country. – Ross Perot

Ask him to make his medical records public. – Ross Perot

As (White House aide) Chuck Colson has said several times, ‘The man bears watching.’ – Ross Perot

I’ve had a number of friends in my life who’ve had drinking problems. Frankly, the ones that put the cork in the bottle and quit and have the guts to do it, I respect. – Ross Perot

In this country, if you’re eccentric and a billionaire you either kill a wrestler or run for president. – Ross Perot

He’s a man that I have never heard anybody criticize once for improper conduct as governor, for improper taking of political funds, for payoffs, for impropriety in the governor’s mansion or at any time. And that is a big state. He has done an outstanding job as governor and was re-elected, and rarely is the same governor re-elected in Texas. – Ross Perot

If I had been in charge of this operation you can bet your bottom dollar that the President, at this very moment, would be shaking hands with freed prisoners. We wouldn’t have hit just one camp, we would have hit several. – Ross Perot

Don’t run your life by what’s legal or illegal. Run your life based on what’s right or wrong. – Ross Perot

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