John Davison Rockefeller Sr. (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American business magnate and philanthropist. He was a co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, which dominated the oil industry and was the first great U.S. business trust.
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I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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.
The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it?
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.
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.
Giving should be entered into in just the same way as investing. Giving is investing.
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.
I had to work my way up to be where I am now. All these companies could have done the same.
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.
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!
I'm glad I wrote the book to show what I found out about the [ Standard Oil Company]. I'm glad many people read my book and found out the truth.
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.
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.
Capital and labor are both wild forces which require intelligent legislation to hold them in restriction.
You know that great prejudice exists against all successful business enterprise - the more successful, the greater the prejudice.
I have ways of making money that you know nothing of.
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.
The man will be most successful who confers the greatest service on the world.
I have nothing else to say other than I wasn't corrupt, unfair, or greedy.
I was smart when it came to making decisions for my company, and I wasn't greedy. I gave to others in charity and donated money to fund programs. I have nothing else to say.
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.
There is nothing in this world that can compare with the Christian fellowship;
nothing that can satisfy but Christ.
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.
The road to happiness lies in two simple principles;
find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it - every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.
After it is all over, the religion of man is his most important possession.
Don't blame the marketing department. The buck stops with the chief executive.
A man has no right to occupy another man’s time unnecessarily
Our cup will truly run over only after we have sealed the character cracks.
I wanted the best for my company, I had to do what I did to succeed.
Everyone was lowering their prices to beat there competition so I did the same I eventually beat my competition.
Well i know that my company is not corrupt or unfair because i got all this with all my hard work. I see no reason why you say my company was corrupt may you explain to me miss [Ida] Tarbell.
Money is a way of keeping COUNT on how well you're doing in business.
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.
Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing.
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.
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 their wasn't anyone to beat?