1839-1937, American Industrialist, Philanthropist, Founder Exxon
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.
John D. Rockefeller – [Charity]
Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in.
John D. Rockefeller – [Rewards]
Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.
John D. Rockefeller – [Duty]
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.
John D. Rockefeller – [Money]
Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
John D. Rockefeller – [Management]
I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.
John D. Rockefeller – [Opportunity]
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 – [Labor]
I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
John D. Rockefeller – [Worth]
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession, a duty.
John D. Rockefeller – [Responsibility]
I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.
John D. Rockefeller – [Pleasure]
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 – [Perseverance]
I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.
John D. Rockefeller – [Ambition]
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 – [Money]
I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts.
John D. Rockefeller – [Effort]
If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
John D. Rockefeller – [Success]
If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.
John D. Rockefeller – [Goals]
It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy.
John D. Rockefeller – [Happiness]
Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one's aim.
John D. Rockefeller – [Concentration]
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 – [Leaders and Leadership]
The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it?
John D. Rockefeller – [Wealth]