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29 Famous John D. Rockefeller Quotes + Principles for Success

Today, I will be sharing with you some of John D. Rockefeller quotes and principles. I believe Rockefeller business principles will serve as a source of guidance and inspiration to business owners. But before we dig into John D. Rockefeller quotes, let’s have a brief look at his bio.

Short Bio of John D. Rockefeller: John D. Rockefeller was a billionaire oil mogul who built Standard Oil to become the largest company in the world during his time. John D. Rockefeller was well known for his strict self imposed personal standards, fierce business principles and monopolistic style of business.  This earned him a couple of anti-trust lawsuits and heavy public criticism.

When John D. Rockefeller was a kid; he set two goals. One was to make his first $100,000 and the second was to live a hundred years. He eventually became the world’s richest man in his time; the richest American in history and probably, the richest man in history. John D. Rockefeller died at the age of 99, six months short of achieving his second goal.

John D. Rockefeller is not on our list of the richest school drop out billionaires because he earned a college degree but he will be remembered as one of the greatest capitalist and philanthropist in the world. Below are some of the lessons and business advice he left behind.

29 Famous John D. Rockefeller Quotes + Principles for Success

1.            “Singleness of purpose is essential for success in life.”

2.            “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.”

3.            “I believe in the dignity of labor, whether head or hand, that the world owes every person an opportunity to make a living.”

4.            “A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.”

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

6.            “Competition is a sin.”

7.            “Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It’s to see my dividends coming in.”

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

9.            “Don’t blame the marketing department. The bucks stop with the Chief Executive.”

10.          “Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation, every possession a duty.”

11.          “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”

12.          “I have always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.”

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

14.          “I don’t think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”

15.          “I have ways of making money that you know nothing of.”

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

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

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

19.          “The ability to deal with people is as purchasable as a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other thing under the sun.”

20.          “The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit, a reputation, character.”

29 Famous John D. Rockefeller Quotes + Principles for Success

21.          “The only question with wealth is what you do with it.”

22.          “The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.”

23.          “The person who starts simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition.”

24.          “God gave me money. I believe the power to make money is a gift from God, to be used and developed to the best of our ability for the best of mankind.”

25.          “Having being endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it’s my duty to make money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience.”

26.          “Next to doing the right thing, is to let people know you are doing the right thing.”

27.          “There’s 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.”

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

29.          “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.”


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