110+ Charles Koch Quotes On Education, Influential And Innovative

Top 10 Charles Koch Quotes (BEST)

  1. Embrace change. Envision what could be, challenge the status quo, and drive creative destruction.
  2. I believe my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington.
  3. To do meaningful work is to contribute - to create value in society.
  4. But it [crony capitalism] erodes our overall standard of living and stifles entrepreneurs by rewarding the politically favored rather than those who provide what consumers want.
  5. I try to hire people who will challenge and have the humility to be challenged - people who have basically good values.
  6. To end cronyism we must end government's ability to dole out favors and rig the market.
  7. Most power is power to coerce somebody. We don't have the power to coerce anybody.
  8. The easy way to make money is to get special political privilege. From the beginning of time, business has cozied up to government and gotten restrictions on competition and subsidies and stuff.
  9. We are on dangerous terrain when government picks winners and losers in the economy by subsidizing favored products and industries.
  10. Years later, when I asked my father, I said 'Pop, why were you so much harder on me than my younger brothers?' he said, son, you plum wore me out.

Charles Koch Short Quotes

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  • I don't have all the answers. I have a lot of questions. And I have some basic principles.
  • That's the first rule for anybody who controls - do no harm.
  • I don't believe in a plumb line. I believe in the exchange of ideas.
  • Just Donald Trump's tenor and insulting of people is just beyond the pale.
  • Anytime students shout down a speaker who says something different, this is not good.
  • You can't start taking away benefits if people don't have any opportunities.
  • How do we make people's lives better unless we find the truth of what works and what doesn't?
  • If people don't learn to work by the time they're in their 30s, they're never very productive.
  • We must measure what leads to results, not simply what is easy to measure.
  • The only way you improve is to try new things.

Charles Koch Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Successful companies create value by providing products or services their customers value more highly than available alternatives. They do this while consuming fewer resources, leaving more resources available to satisfy other needs in society. Value creation involves making people's lives better. It is contributing to prosperity in society. — Charles Koch

Hubris, arrogance, is just one step ahead of loss of integrity, because if you think you're better than other people, you know more, then you're going to think, as many leaders have, that the rules don't apply to them - so they lose their integrity. — Charles Koch

To be happy you have to fulfill your nature. That's what Aristotle taught so many centuries ago, that the road to happiness isn't to go drink more or consume more. The road to happiness is to fully develop your abilities, and then apply them to do good. — Charles Koch

Best part of my job is fulfillment. When I see that, that we're creating value, that we're helping improve people's lives, and we benefit from it, so it's a system of mutual benefit. Our philosophy's working. That's what turns me on. That's what keeps me going. — Charles Koch

Do you want to have your feelings hurt a little bit because you have some negative feedback, or do you want to continue down the disastrous track you're on and have a huge disaster? Talk about a bruised ego. It may ruin your career. — Charles Koch

A lot of the Republican rhetoric better than the Democrats'. But when they're in office, it's pretty much the same thing. It's serving their supporters, it's corporate welfare, it's cronyism which is so destructive, particularly to the disadvantaged. — Charles Koch

There are now businesses and entire industries that exist solely as a result of federal patronage. Profiting from government instead of earning profits in the economy, such businesses can continue to succeed even if they are squandering resources and making products that people wouldn't ordinarily buy. — Charles Koch

We strive to hire and retain only those who embrace our MBM® Guiding Principles, which encompass integrity, compliance, value creation, Principled Entrepreneurship, customer focus, knowledge, change, humility, respect and fulfillment. — Charles Koch

My father wanted to instill the work ethic. And, because he knew if you don't learn to work to be more productive to improve your efficiency, to cooperate with other people at an early age, you may never learn those habits. — Charles Koch

Far too many businesses have been all too eager to lobby for maintaining and increasing subsidies and mandates paid by taxpayers and consumers. — Charles Koch

If what you preach and what you do are inconsistent, your children will spot hypocrisy faster than anybody and do the opposite. — Charles Koch

I think our biggest problem in society is we're headed more and more toward a two-tiered society. That is, creating welfare for the wealthy and destroying opportunities for the disadvantaged. — Charles Koch

The trajectory of this country [USA] is not positive and particularly for the disadvantaged, as we see what's happening. The gains in productivity have dropped, the gains in income for the middle class and the least advantaged have slowed, at best. — Charles Koch

The government is largely influenced by people who advocate corporate welfare and advocate these policies that create this two-tiered society... — Charles Koch

No centralized government, no matter how big, how smart or how powerful, can effectively and efficiently control much of society in a beneficial way. On the contrary, big governments are inherently inefficient and harmful. — Charles Koch

I studied what principles under-laid peace and prosperity and concluded the only way to achieve societal well-being was through a system of economic freedom. — Charles Koch

Far too many businesses have been all too eager to lobby for maintaining and increasing subsidies and mandates paid by taxpayers and consumers. This growing partnership between business and government is a destructive force, undermining not just our economy and our political system, but the very foundations of culture. — Charles Koch

To make a quick buck, but over time, if you're not creating value for others, customers, society, isn't going to let you be around. — Charles Koch

I've been blessed by learning certain principles and values that transformed my life and enabled me to accomplish more than I really had the ability to do or ever dream possible. And so I decided that I wanted to give as many other people as possible the opportunity to learn these ideas and transform their lives as I had. — Charles Koch

Economy is so riddled with corporate welfare and anti-competitive regulations, anti-innovation regulations. Regulations that are destroying opportunities for the disadvantaged, which is creating this two-tiered system we're headed for which has which is destroying opportunities for the disadvantaged and creating welfare for the wealthy. — Charles Koch

You can pay certain people more money and stuff but that's just going to be a transfer from one group to another. The only way people's wages are going to rise overall, or average median income is going to rise, is if you increase productivity. — Charles Koch

A university shouldn't be a place of comfort. It should be a place of discomfort because you want to disabuse these kids of whatever prejudices or preconceptions they have when they come. You're trying to get them to think and develop, not be a Johnny-one-note. — Charles Koch

For business to survive over a long period, it needs to be contributing to society and people's well-being. Otherwise, who's going to want it? Otherwise you end up like Enron or some of these other companies. — Charles Koch

My parents worked really hard at communicating other values they felt were important, such as integrity, courage, humility, treating others with dignity and respect, and having a thirst for knowledge. — Charles Koch

The old idea that some genius pulls all of this stuff out of the air is ridiculous. As Ridley pointed out, the only way Edison could invent the lightbulb is because all the elements had been developed before. That's obvious it wasn't just his genius - 20 others developed it at the same time. And that's true for almost every invention and discovery. — Charles Koch

Being captive to quarterly earnings isn't consistent with long-term value creation. This pressure and the short term focus of equity markets make it difficult for a public company to invest for long-term success, and tend to force company leaders to sacrifice long-term results to protect current earnings. — Charles Koch

Citizens who over-rely on their government to do everything not only become dependent on their government, they end up having to do whatever the government demands. In the meantime, their initiative and self-respect are destroyed. — Charles Koch

The poorest Americans use three time the energy as the percentage of their income as the average American does. This is going to disproportionately hurt the poor. It may make the whole electric grid unstable, depending on how it is enforced. And it does nothing for the climate. — Charles Koch

Just spreading the money around - that isn't what makes people better off; it's having more and better goods and services. — Charles Koch

In general, an asset should be sold when it has greater value to a buyer. This happens when a buyer has a complimentary business or capability that would enable them to do more with that business. Many businesses we have exited were not failures, but had simply reached a point in their life cycle where they no longer provided a core capability or served as a platform for growth. — Charles Koch

A classical liberal is someone who wants a society that maximizes peace, civility, tolerance, and well-being for everyone. One that opens opportunities for everyone to advance themselves. — Charles Koch

I learned that unless you start working, if you're frozen out of work, you will never learn the habits, the discipline, the values of cooperation and improvement unless you get a job, and that's what statistic show. It's, unless you get a job and keep it, you will not get out of poverty. If you do, you have a very good chance of working out of poverty. — Charles Koch

I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished. — Charles Koch

The role of business is to provide products and services that make peoples lives better - while using fewer resources - and to act lawfully and with integrity. — Charles Koch

The way - the principle way that human beings had gotten out of extreme poverty is free trade. — Charles Koch

If we are going to have a Fed, it should not fall into the tyranny of experts with the a fatal conceit that a few wise people can determine interest rates. Interest rates should be driven by the market, and people's time preference, and we see these boom-bust cycles. — Charles Koch

When you start attacking cronyism and peoples political interests, it gets nasty. — Charles Koch

Repeatedly asking for government help undermines the foundations of society by destroying initiative and responsibility. It is also a fatal blow to efficiency and corrupts the political process. — Charles Koch

Many businesses with unpopular products or inefficient production find it much easier to curry the favor of a few influential politicians or a government agency than to compete in the open market. — Charles Koch

I like to think that I try to learn something every day - and change my views, modify my views as I learn. — Charles Koch

If there is wrong, you don't say we have to get rid of it gradually. If injustice exists, you need to eliminate it immediately. — Charles Koch

When currying favor with Washington is seen as a much easier way to make money, businesses inevitably begin to compete with rivals in securing government largess, rather than in winning customers. — Charles Koch

The great thing about my parents is they didn't preach anything they didn't practice. — Charles Koch

The essence of a university is free and open inquiry, and when it loses that it is no longer a university. — Charles Koch

Why I've never been that fond of politics and only got into it recently kicking and screaming, because I don't think politicians are going to reverse the trajectory of this country. I think it's going to depend on the American people understanding what is fair and what makes their lives better. — Charles Koch

The good and the bad news is that politicians rarely do what they say they are going to do when they campaign. — Charles Koch

If people are teaching economics, they need to teach all the different disciplines, all the different schools in economics. They can't just teach one because then the person isn't equipped to deal with the economics profession. — Charles Koch

We have the best leaders and the most depth of leadership we've ever had. If I get hit by a truck, maybe it would get me out of the way and it would go better. — Charles Koch

I always wanted to be different and do things differently. I was a pain in the neck. I was challenging everything you wanted me to do and challenging people in school. — Charles Koch

If the legislation helps people improve their lives, then that's great because that's the ultimate goal of all of this. — Charles Koch

I get a lot of death threats. But the way I look at it, I feel I have a moral obligation to do the best I can to make the country better for everybody, and that threatens certain people because they're going to have much less power. I want the power to go back to people making decisions over their own lives rather than some experts making it. — Charles Koch

First word [of my father] when I arrived [as a CEO] is, 'Son, i hope your first deal is a loser, otherwise, you'll think you're a lot smarter than you are.' But he had tremendous values, tremendous integrity, humility, work ethic and terrific thirst for knowledge. — Charles Koch

All of our policies are based on whether it will make - enable people to improve their lives or it will make their lives worse. — Charles Koch

What hermeneutics teaches is that progress comes from being exposed to different points of views because there's no point of view that is right for all situations and all times. And even if it's superior to the others, you can enrich it by drawing on others or thinking: "Why is that wrong and how do I improve my approach? How do I come up with a better approach?" So that's essential for innovation just like it is in technology. — Charles Koch

I've had the philosophy that John Adams expressed, in the kind of system that we're trying to create in this country: that this is a system for moral people. It will work for no other. — Charles Koch

Most companies want free enterprise in general because that produces better goods and services and makes people's lives better, but they don't want it in their business. They want protection from competition, they want subsidies, they want the government to pick winners and losers, and they want to be picked as winners, and that's what we're opposing, and that's what drives my whole efforts in policy, and in the political arena. — Charles Koch

We oppose all corporate welfare, whether we benefit or not. You will find that our policy positions mainly hurt our profitability rather than help it. — Charles Koch

My philosophy, one of the biggest enemies of future success is past success, because you become complacent, you become risk averse, and that's one of the things we try to drive here, and this is fundamental to this philosophy, and that's in this component change, and also in value creation. That we need to drive creative destruction, not just incremental innovations, but innovations that will change the whole nature of the business. — Charles Koch

My father announced early on that he didn't want his sons to be "country club bums." And for a number of reasons, I bore the brunt of that - I have an older brother and two younger brothers. So he had me work in all my spare time. I started out picking dandelions, shoveling stalls, milking cows, building a fence - whatever dirty job was out there. That's a big deal, because you learn things working that you don't learn in school. — Charles Koch

I have been a libertarian in my past but now I consider myself a classical liberal. — Charles Koch

The role of business is to provide products and services that make people's live better - while using fewer resources - and to act lawfully and with integrity. Businesses that do this through voluntary exchanges not only benefit through increased profits, they bring better and more competitively priced goods and services to market. This creates a win-win situation customers and companies alike. — Charles Koch

You'll remember Newton was furious at Leibniz, because he developed calculus at the same time. And he went to his death believing that he had copied him. And no, it's because all the elements were there, so it's almost inevitable that the next discovery - as long as people are free and allowed to experiment and try new things. — Charles Koch

Our vision controls the way we think and, therefore, the way we act the vision we have of our jobs determines what we do and the opportunities we see or don't see. — Charles Koch

Our system here of creating value for others and having people do the right thing, exchange information, and so on only works if people have the right values. — Charles Koch

How do we have a society that maximizes peace, civility and well-being for everyone? How do we have a system of individual rights in which people succeed by helping others improve their lives? We're a long way from that. So what, I mean, we got more to learn than we know, to me. So we need better ideas. — Charles Koch

If Hillary Clinton had policies that would more likely make people's lives better than Republicans, I'd be for Hillary. I'm for whoever will do that. I couldn't care less. — Charles Koch

Success is one of the worst enemies of success, because success tends to breed complacency and lack of humility. — Charles Koch

I've always believed in the saying that "there is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit." — Charles Koch

The problem is, to have prices fall would work fine if we didn't have all these built in rigidities on downward prices, because then things don't adjust, and that's how we have recessions and depressions, is prices and costs don't adjust together and they get out of whack, and we end up with dislocations. — Charles Koch

Scientific discoveries and innovation come from combining different existing technologies and different perspectives in a unique way. — Charles Koch

Just keep trying things, without really understanding the underlying fibers of well-being, or peace or civility, then you're just going to stumble from one disaster to another. — Charles Koch

We try to evaluate how much value an employee is creating here and reward them accordingly. — Charles Koch

I'd like to see a rebirth of America - go back where there's equal rights for everybody and that people succeed to the extent that they help other people improve their lives. To lead toward a society that maximizes peace, civility, and well-being for everyone. — Charles Koch

Everything I give, pretty much, is public. Not every donor wants to - or is willing to get the kind of abuse and attacks that we do, or death threats, so they're not willing to have their names out. I think the other side is pushing for that because they want to intimidate people so they won't oppose it. — Charles Koch

I agree with George Washington's concern about parties: They become an end in themselves, rather than being committed to helping people improve their lives. — Charles Koch

I feel a passion for what we're trying to do.I mean, why does somebody who's old who's a writer keep writing? Because that's who they are. — Charles Koch

I want my legacy to be greater freedom, greater prosperity and a better way of life for my family, our employees and all Americans. And I wish the same for every nation on earth. — Charles Koch

In America, I think we just keep adding, and that's our problem. We almost never subtract. We keep adding these boondoggles, and these violations of the basic principles of equal rights - certain people have more rights than others - it's like "Animal Farm." The pig says that we all have equal rights, but some have more rights than others. — Charles Koch

We try to reward people according to the value they create, value they create in society and for the company. — Charles Koch

My father would always say "learn everything you can and whenever you can, because you never know when it'll come in handy." — Charles Koch

I don't like the idea of capitalism anyway. Because it's not capital we are talking about; it's knowledge and creating well-being. Because I mean, that gets people on the wrong track when it's capital and how we allocate capital - no. How do we create the Republic of Science in America? How do we have a system of mutual benefits where people succeed by helping others improve their lives? So I don't like that at all. — Charles Koch

A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value. — Charles Koch

We find that when we make an acquisition, or we have a hiring experience, that's one of the hardest things to change. If you've been working for a company where you didn't dare challenge your boss, or what's politically correct in the company, then it affects your career. — Charles Koch

Corporate welfare, I think, is a disaster for this country. It's crippling our economy. It is contributing to a permanent underclass and corrupting the business community. — Charles Koch

They say your genetics are going to set your direction regardless of what happens, but I think there's more to it than that. — Charles Koch

When everyone gets something for nothing, soon no one will have anything, because no one will be producing anything. — Charles Koch

I've devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It's those principles, the principles of free society, that have shaped my life, my family, our company, and America. — Charles Koch

In America, the first thing we have to get rid of is entitlements for the wealthy, and at the same time, open up the economy to the disadvantaged. — Charles Koch

Innovation comes from recombining existing technology and different perspectives in innovative ways. — Charles Koch

If you've got a dirty job, the best way is to help each other and then you'll create this culture of mutual benefit. And then you've got to understand who your customer is and create value for them and so on. — Charles Koch

Life Lessons by Charles Koch

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  1. Charles Koch's success demonstrates the importance of hard work and dedication to achieving one's goals.
  2. His commitment to the principles of free markets and limited government have also been a major factor in his success.
  3. Koch's example also shows the value of taking calculated risks in order to achieve success.

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