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A collection of John D. Rockefeller quotes and sayings on wealth, business, charity, economy, giving, happiness, inspiration, life, money, motto, education, motivation etc.

43 Inspiring John D. Rockefeller Quotes That Can Change Your Life

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One of the wealthiest personalities to inhabit this planet, John Davison Rockefeller was an oil business tycoon and philanthropist. He was easily the most affluent American of all time. Rockefeller’s breakthrough moment appeared when he concentrated on refining instead of drilling for oil field. As a result of the rise in the consumption of kerosene and gasoline, there was an exponential rise in Rockefeller’s wealth. Along with his contemporary Andrew Carnegie (steel magnate), he revolutionized the power, automobile, petroleum and railway industry. Being an active supporter of social Darwinism and capitalism, he summed up his success by stating that the growth of a large business is merely a survival of the fittest. Along with the foundation of the Standard Oil Company, he also established General Education Board, University of Chicago and Rockefeller University. Besides funding the Central Philippine University, Rockefeller made huge monetary contribution to his charitable institution (Rockefeller Foundation). The main agenda of the Rockefeller Foundation was to support impoverished children with proper education, vaccination and other health aids. We have collected John D. Rockefeller’s quotes from his observations, writings, speeches, interviews and life. Browse the through these quotes from this oil magnate on wealth, equality, knowledge, wisdom, hard-work, success and motivation 

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

- John D. Rockefeller

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship

- John D. Rockefeller

I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

- John D. Rockefeller

The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.

- John D. Rockefeller

Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

- John D. Rockefeller

Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.

- John D. Rockefeller

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.

- John D. Rockefeller

Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in.

- John D. Rockefeller

Competition is a sin.

- John D. Rockefeller

The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it?

- John D. Rockefeller

I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm, than a man who knows everything.

- John D. Rockefeller

I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts.

- John D. Rockefeller

I have ways of making money that you know nothing of.

- John D. Rockefeller

The secret to success is to do the common things uncommonly well.

- John D. Rockefeller

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.

- John D. Rockefeller

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

- John D. Rockefeller

The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit . . . a reputation, character.

- John D. Rockefeller

The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit... a reputation, character.

- John D. Rockefeller

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.

- John D. Rockefeller

Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.

- John D. Rockefeller

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee. And I will pay more for that ability.

- John D. Rockefeller

This Sunday School has been of help to me, greater perhaps than any other force in my Christian life, and I can ask no better things for you than that you, and all that shall come after you in this great band of workers for Christ, shall receive the same measure of blessedness which I have been permitted to have.

- John D. Rockefeller

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.

- John D. Rockefeller

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

- John D. Rockefeller

Don't blame the marketing department. The buck stops with the chief executive.

- John D. Rockefeller

I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.

- John D. Rockefeller

I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living.

- John D. Rockefeller

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.

- John D. Rockefeller

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.

- John D. Rockefeller

Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing.

- John D. Rockefeller

Giving should be entered into in just the same way as investing. Giving is investing.

- John D. Rockefeller

There is nothing in this world that can compare with the Christian fellowship; nothing that can satisfy but Christ.

- John D. Rockefeller

It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy.

- John D. Rockefeller

After it is all over, the religion of man is his most important possession.

- John D. Rockefeller

I was early taught to work as well as play, My life has been one long, happy holiday; Full of work and full of play- I dropped the worry on the way- And God was good to me every day.

- John D. Rockefeller

A man has no right to occupy another man’s time unnecessarily

- John D. Rockefeller

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.

- John D. Rockefeller

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.

- John D. Rockefeller

If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.

- John D. Rockefeller

Nobody does anything if he can get anybody else to do it

- John D. Rockefeller

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.

- John D. Rockefeller

Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one's aim.

- John D. Rockefeller

The only thing which is of lasting benefit to a man is that which he does for himself. Money which comes to him without effort on his part is seldom a benefit and often a curse.

- Random Reminiscences of Men and Events, John D. Rockefeller