Being an entrepreneur isn't really about starting a business. It's a way of looking at the world: seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge.— Michael Bloomberg
The most bumbling Michael Bloomberg quotes to discover and learn by heart
Don't be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities and don't let the bastards get you down.
I am not smarter than anybody else, but I can outwork you.
My father, a bookkeeper who never earned more than $11,000 a year in his life, sat there, writing out a $25 check to the NAACP. When I asked him why, he said discrimination against anyone is discrimination against us all. And I never forgot that. Indeed, his philanthropy was a gift, not just to that organization, but to me.
The mistake that was made in the '70s is we stopped policing the streets, we stopped cleaning the streets, we stopped cleaning the graffiti off buildings, we stopped supporting our cultural institutions and building parks and schools and all those kinds of things.
Life is too short to spend your time avoiding failure.
You know, if you look back in the 1930s, the money went to infrastructure.
The bridges, the municipal buildings, the roads, those were all built with stimulus money spent on infrastructure. This stimulus bill has fundamentally gone, started out with a $500 rebate check, remember. That went to buy flat-screen TVs made in China.
Working collectively and collaboratively is the difference between mediocrity by yourself or success as a team. You have to share the pain and the responsibility and if you do then you will also share in the rewards.
Nobody wants a job where they don't have authority to go along with the responsibility. Quite the contrary. The more authority you give people, the better people you can attract, and the harder they're going to work, and the more loyal they are going to be.
I never liked anyone who didn't have a temper.
If you don't have a temper, you don't have any passion.
If you want to know how to solve society's problems, you start out with better public education.
I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven't had any moral compass, who've just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they're losers.
Yes, they broke the law, but we can't deport them.
Let's get over this pointing fingers and do something about that, whether it - they have to pay a fine, learn to speak English, the history, you can do that. And then you have to give visas for the skills we need.
You bet I did and I enjoyed it.
Cities with clean air gain an economic advantage, because where people want to live and work, businesses want to invest.
The next day after I got fired, literally the next day, I started a new company.
We've shown the world that New York can never be defeated, because of its dynamic and diverse population and because it embodies the spirit of enterprise and the love of liberty. And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you.
On Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked, 'What God do you pray to?' What beliefs do you hold?'
In the game of life, when the final buzzer sounds, the only stat you carry with you is the number of assists you made.
I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom.
The system [in U.S.] is designed for a two-party system. And those two parties have an interest in keeping third parties out. There's too much of the structure that works in the two-party way. They will keep the third party out.
The World Trade Center site will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in lower Manhattan.
If you are honest with yourself and if you want to like what you see in the mirror, is you have to say what you really believe.
I have two daughters that are the loves of my life and I want to leave them a better world, a better country, a better state and a better city.
Every one of my positions cuts - out half the country.
I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights, I'm pro-immigration, I'm against guns, I believe in Darwin.
Well, you have the public not wanting any new spending, you have the Republicans not wanting any new taxes, you have the Democrats not wanting any new spending cuts, you have the markets not wanting any new borrowing, and you have the economists wanting all of the above. And that leads to paralysis.
You have to take away some of tax breaks for the wealthy, and you have to cut back on some entitlements. Because, unless we do all of these things, it just doesn't work. And what's good theater and what's good politics isn't necessarily good economic policy.
Organizing around a common interest is a fundamental part of democracy.
We should no more try to take away the right of individuals to collectively bargain than we should try to take away the right to a secret ballot.
I like the theater, dining and chasing women.
Let me put it this way: I am a single, straight billionaire in Manhattan. It's like a wet dream.
After hard work, the biggest determinant is being in the right place at the right time.
We cannot continue. Our pension costs and health care costs for our employees are going to bankrupt this city.
Well, we have to provide the world's best schools.
We certainly don't have them, but that's our objective.
Getting the job done has been the basis for the success my company has achieved.
Central planning didn't work for Stalin or Mao, and it won't work for an entrepreneur either.
The truth of the matter is: you can create a great legacy, and inspire others, by giving it to philanthropic organizations.
I think we are not serious about attacking the long-term debt problem, and that's one of the things that he's going to have to find a way to get on the agenda.
The public is mad, frustrated, but what the public wants is progress.
If you think of all the publicity about the terrible tragedy of Virginia Tech, we have a Virginia Tech in this country every day. It's just spread across 50 states.
Canada sets aside 36 percent of their visas for people with skills they think their country needs. We set aside six percent. We educate the doctors, and then don't give 'em a green card.
I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world.
I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom's annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.
New York has been, and will continue to be, a magnet for people from all over the world. This is where the arts, business, research and technology converge to create the world's foremost urban economy.
I was the one of those students who made the top half of the class possible.
[Donald] Trump I've known because we cut ribbons together at golf courses and that sort of thing. He's a pleasant guy when you're with him. I've played golf with him twice, oh, probably 10, 15 years ago.
Even though New York is the safest big city in the nation, there are still far too many illegal guns on our streets. Nearly all of them arrive from out of state - and most are sold by a small group of rogue gun dealers who refuse to obey federal laws.
We have an energy policy - we're transferring our wealth to overseas to a bunch of countries that don't have the same values as us. In some cases, they're using our money to finance terrorism against us.
Is your company so small you have to do everything for yourself? Wait until you're so big that you can't. That's worse.
Donald Trump says he wants to run America like he's running his business? God help us.
And I think the more money you put in people's hands, the more they will spend.
And if they don't spend it, they invest it. And investing it is another way of creating jobs. It puts money into mutual funds or other kinds of banks that can go out and make loans, and we need to do that.
We would betray our values and play into our enemies' hands if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else. In fact, to cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists, and we should not stand for that.
Five years have come, and five years have gone, and still we stand together as one. We come back to this place to remember the heartbreaking anniversary - and each person who died here - those known and unknown to us, whose absence is always with us.