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  1. John D. Rockefeller: Introduction
  2. John D. Rockefeller: Early Life and Education
  3. John D. Rockefeller: Success Story
  4. John D. Rockefeller: Net Worth
  5. John D. Rockefeller: Famous or Infamous
  6. John D. Rockefeller: Most Influential Quotes

John D. Rockefeller had a lot to say on the subjects of business, living a purposeful life and giving. Here are some of his most memorable quotes:

“We realized that public sentiment would be against us if we actually refined all the oil.” On near-total monopoly.

“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 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.”

“Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing.” On public relations, which Rockefeller struggled with.

“The growth of a large business is merely a survival of the fittest.” Rockefeller on social Darwinism.

“The day of combination is here to stay. Individualism has gone, never to return.” Rockefeller in 1880, after acquiring almost all of the country’s refining capacity in the span of a decade.

“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.” Dispelling the common misperception that being a titan of industry means you can write poetry.

“God gave me my money.”


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