Quotes by John D. Rockefeller


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
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.
– John D. Rockefeller
Competition is a sin.
– John D. Rockefeller
Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in.
– John D. Rockefeller
Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.
– John D. Rockefeller
Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
– John D. Rockefeller
I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.
– 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
I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
– John D. Rockefeller
I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living.
– 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
I have ways of making money that you know nothing of.
– 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 would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts.
– 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
If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.
– John D. Rockefeller
It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy.
– 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
Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one's aim.
– John D. Rockefeller