My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil.
The Roaring Twenties were the period of that Great American Prosperity which was built on shaky foundations.
Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.
The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.
Nostalgia often leads to idle speculation.
You cannot further the Brotherhood of Man by encouraging class hatred.
You cannot bring about prosperity without discouraging thrift.
During the 1950s, Aristotle Onassis and I formed what grew to be a close friendship and association in several business ventures.
If you can actually count your money, then you’re not a rich man.
Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.
I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success.
Before marriage, many couples are very much like people rushing to catch an airplane; once aboard, they turn into passengers. They just sit there.
Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.
How does one measure the success of a museum?
If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.
My love of fine art increased – the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see.
Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you’re just sitting still?
No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or ‘get rich’ in business by being a conformist.
I was brought up in an era when thrift was still considered a virtue.
In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness, industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people.
Oil is like a wild animal. Whoever captures it has it.
The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips.
The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars.
Nationalized industries are notorious for their inability to operate at a profit.
There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.
I buy when other people are selling.
I am neither a homosexual nor a eunuch, nor have I ever taken any vows of chastity.
I have never been given to envy – save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily.
I have absolutely no intention of marrying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.
Rhetoric and dialectics can’t change what I have learned from observation and experience.
The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.
To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.
My wealth is not a subject I relish discussing.
Control of a company does not carry with it the ability to control the price of its stock
I can afford to say what I wish.
I vehemently deny that I was born a cynic and a pessimist.
Governments, of course, can – and do – soak the rich.
The rich are not born sceptical or cynical. They are made that way by events, circumstances.