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A collection of quotes and sayings by Charles Koch on creativity, humility, embrace, complacency, challenges, enemy, trouble, thoughts, trying, and success.

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Quick Facts

Famous As: Co-Owner of Koch Industries

Born On: November 1, 1935

Born In: Wichita

Founder / Co Founder: Koch family foundations, Cato Institute, Market-Based Management Institute

Charles Koch is an illustrious American philanthropist, businessman, and political donor. In March 2019, he was ranked as the 11th-richest person across the globe. Since 1967, he has been the chief executive officer, co-owner and chairperson of ‘Koch Industries.’ He has also published three books that reflect his business philosophy, ‘Good Profit,’ ‘The Science of Success,’ and ‘Market Based Management.’ Read through the corpus of motivating and insightful quotes and thoughts by Charles Koch on business, people, vision, free-society, children, century, hypocrisy, integrity, freedom, peace, political, capitalism, consumers, believe, beginning, value, government, powerful, life, friends, time, competition, innovation, which have been gathered from his books, interviews, writings, thoughts, and life.

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You pass a program and get people dependent on it, making it brutal to get rid of. The key is not letting it get started.

Charles Koch

I don't want to dedicate my life to getting publicity.

Charles Koch

Koch companies employ 60,000 Americans, who make many thousands of products that Americans want and need.

Charles Koch

I believe my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington.

Charles Koch

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.

Charles Koch

The role of business is to provide products and services that make people's lives better - while using fewer resources - and to act lawfully and with integrity.

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

It's not going to help the country to be subsidizing uneconomical forms of energy - whether you call them 'green,' 'renewable' or whatever. In that case, the cure is worse than the disease.

Charles Koch

When you start attacking cronyism and people's political interests, it gets nasty.

Charles Koch

The best way to make money is to have more economic freedom, which is why we are one of the very few large companies that are consistently for it.

Charles Koch

From the beginning of time, business has cozied up to government and gotten restrictions on competition and subsidies and stuff.

Charles Koch

Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs - even when we benefit from them.

Charles Koch

Laying the groundwork for smaller, smarter government, especially at the federal level, is going to be tough. But it is essential for getting us back on the path to long-term prosperity.

Charles Koch

In business, real jobs profitably produce goods and services that people value more highly than their alternatives. Subsidizing inefficient jobs is costly, wastes resources, and weakens our economy.

Charles Koch

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

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The country - or the government - is headed for bankruptcy. So we're going to be continuing to speak out against corporate welfare as something that hurts everybody except those direct beneficiaries.

Charles Koch

People should only profit to the extent they make other peoples lives better.

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

Subsidies and mandates are just two of the privileges that government can bestow on politically connected friends. Others include grants, loans, tax credits, favorable regulations, bailouts, loan guarantees, targeted tax breaks and no-bid contracts.

Charles Koch

We are not trying to prevent new clean energy businesses from succeeding. Any business that's economical, that can succeed in the marketplace, any form of energy, we're all for. As a matter of fact, we're investing in quite a number of them, ourselves - whether that's ethanol, renewable fuel oil.

Charles Koch

When a company is not being guided by the products they make and what the customers need, but by how they can manipulate the system - get regulations on their competitors, or mandates on using their products, or eliminating foreign competition - it just lowers the overall standard of living and hurts the disadvantaged the most.

Charles Koch

Far too many well-connected businesses are feeding at the federal trough. By addressing corporate welfare as well as other forms of welfare, we would add a whole new level of understanding to the notion of entitlement reform.

Charles Koch

Our elected officials would do well to remember that the most prosperous countries are those that allow consumers - not governments - to direct the use of resources. Allowing the government to pick winners and losers hurts almost everyone, especially our poorest citizens.

Charles Koch

Crony capitalism is much easier than competing in an open market. But it erodes our overall standard of living and stifles entrepreneurs by rewarding the politically favored rather than those who provide what consumers want.

Charles Koch

Any of the social changes in American history are because people thought there was injustice. We have to show that this corporate welfare and cronyism is unjust - and that it's not only rigging the system so people get wealthy who don't deserve to get wealthy.

Charles Koch

The successful companies try to keep the new entrants down. Now that's great for a company like ours. We make more money that way because we have less competition and less innovation. But for the country as a whole, it's horrible.

Charles Koch